7 January 2022
Dear Residents and families,
MARYKNOLL ADVICE #1: COVID SCREENING RETURNS POSITIVE TEST FOR ONE RESIDENT
I am writing to let you know that a resident at Maryknoll, which is part of St Agnes’ site, has tested positive for COVID-19 after undertaking a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) as part of our ongoing early detection screening processes.
Currently, no-one else at the site is unwell.
As soon as the case was identified, we activated our Covid19 Outbreak Management Plan, which was developed to manage such a situation. Strict protocols are in place to support the effectiveness of this plan including:
- Additional precautions for infection prevention and control
- Regular RAT testing of residents and staff
- Maryknoll access is limited to essential staff
- Maryknoll is closed to visitors until Monday
From Monday 10 January, if a visit is required for compassionate reasons this can be arranged but please contact the service manager who will conduct a risk assessment prior to the visit. There is a risk involved, not only for residents, but also for the person who visits so please consider this.
At this stage, I can advise that all Maryknoll residents are isolating in their rooms until the situation is fully risk assessed and will be monitored regularly.
I understand you may be anxious about the situation. However, I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our residents and staff.
We have notified the local Public Health Unit and are working with the relevant health authorities to minimise the spread of infection as quickly and safely as possible.
There are no current cases at either St Agnes’ House or Mount Carmel, both of which remain open to visitors as per previous advice (St Agnes’ House Update #11 released 26 December).
The current situation is being closely monitored. Residents at all three houses are being encouraged to wear masks.
All staff and most residents have received two doses of COVID vaccine (most have also had boosters), both groups having taken advantage of the vaccination clinics we ran earlier this year.
Please be assured that we will continue to meet our responsibilities and deliver safe, quality care and services to all residents.
We will keep our lines of communication open to ensure you are updated regularly as we have more information.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time.
General Manager, Care & Community Services
St Agnes’ Care & Lifestyle