Statement from Sonya Smart, CEO
Monday 18 May 2020
Over the weekend a resident at VMCH Bundoora Aged Care Residence was admitted to hospital with a temperature of 39 degrees Celsius.
As this is a symptom of COVID-19, the resident was tested, with the initial test results being inconclusive (neither negative nor positive).
The Department of Health is currently treating all inconclusive results as positive. As a result, the entire residence is now in lockdown until the Public Health Unit advises us this can end.
The resident has subsequently returned home, as they are no longer displaying any symptoms.
Further testing has produced a negative result, however, the Department of Health is taking precautionary measures and have requested two more negative test results, to be undertaken 48 hours apart.
Family members have been informed and all residents and staff are being closely monitored.
All residents who have had close contact with the person are now in isolation within our residence.
Staff who have had close contact with the person are in self-isolation at home. All other staff are being tested for COVID-19. Should any signs of ill health appear, we will seek medical attention immediately.