Alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 5 January 2021

Coronavirus

This is an alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 5 January 2021

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COVID-19 Alert

This alert updates the alert provided on 3rd January 2021.

  • There are further changes to the areas in NSW and Victoria identified as high and medium risk for COVID-19.
  • Anyone who has been in a medium or high risk area must not enter a residential aged care facility in Tasmania for 14 days after doing so, unless exempted by the Director of Public Health.
  • The list of high and medium risk areas and premises changes frequently.
  • The screening tool for residential aged care facilities has been updated to emphasise that staff and visitors should check the list of high and medium risk sites before entering the facility.

What to do

  • Update the screening tool with the one attached. (Version 3 of the screening tool has been superseded, visit the Tasmanian Coronavirus Aged care facility visits page to access the latest version of the tool.
  • Consider displaying the attached poster with your screening tool.
  • Make sure that all staff and visitors who have been outside Tasmania in the past 14 days check the list of high risk and medium risk locations and public exposure sites provided by NSW and Victoria before entering the facility.  This list is available at the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website or through the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
  • Check the important community updates page on the Tasmanian Government's Coronavirus website regularly for your own situational awareness. More information on travel restrictions is available on the Tasmanian Government's Coronavirus website.
  • Continue to monitor all residents and encourage staff to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Dr Laura Edwards
Specialist Medical Advisor, Public Health Emergency Operations Centre