Melbourne HammondCare resident cleared of COVID-19 – but cottage to remain in lockdown until 1 June

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The 84-year-old resident at the Not For Profit’s Caulfield cottage had initially presented with a cough and returned a positive test on Monday.

The resident has now tested negative twice – the first on Tuesday and the second yesterday – and has been cleared. Over 200 other residents and staff – some of whom stayed in the cottage during the testing and tracing – have also been tested and returned negative results.

However, the affected cottage will remain in lockdown for 14 days until June 1 to ensure all possible precautions have been taken and in accordance with Public Health Unit requirements.

HammondCare says it hopes restrictions can be lifted in some parts of the Caulfield Village sooner, and The Glens, a separate aged care home on the site, is expected to re-open to visitors from Saturday.

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