Regis Blackburn – COVID-19 – Update on precautionary response

Dear Families,

As advised yesterday, we have been assisting the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with their investigations and contact tracing. This follows an Allied Health worker, who attended residents at Regis Blackburn on 12 August, testing positive for COVID-19.

Sonic Healthcare tested all residents on Saturday and results are coming through. So far we have 153 residents return a negative result, while 25 test results are pending. Staff testing is occurring today. Residents and staff remain in good spirits and are eagerly awaiting the remaining test results.

Whilst the news so far is good, Regis Blackburn will be in lockdown until all results are available. Our residents have been asked to remain in their rooms while all staff will be in full Personal Protective Equipment.

In the meantime we will continue to follow our Outbreak Management Plan and will keep you updated via email every day with the latest news and advice. Residents will also receive daily printed updates until the outbreak is declared over by DHHS.

Today, the full management team are on site led by Adam. We will continue to keep all our residents comfortable and engaged while they remain in their rooms. Our one-on-one Lifestyle Program continues, including providing emotional support and assistance to residents with FaceTime and phone calls to loved ones over the coming days.

If you have any concerns or questions while we wait for results, please call through to Regis Advice on 1300 998 100, who will transfer you to a dedicated support team to answer your questions and action anything as needed.

We hope to have the results to hand very soon

Best wishes,

Linda Mellors
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer