Resident at VIC’s VMCH Bundoora home finally cleared – but visitors banned and PPE in use for another week

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Good news.

VMCH (the old Villa Maria Catholic Health) is reporting that the resident at its Bundoora home who was admitted to hospital last week and produced an inconclusive test for COVID-19 has finally been given the all-clear after a third negative test result.

The Department of Health says the home is now cleared of infection, with all 214 residents and staff tested and their results all proving negative for the virus.

Staff who had been in close contact with the resident and been self-isolating at home have also been given the green light to return to work from tomorrow.

However, VMCH says it will remain in lockdown for the full 14 days as per the Department of Health’s protocols – so doors won’t re-open to visitors until next Monday, 1 June.

Staff will also continue to use PPE during this time – an expensive exercise but necessary precaution.

“Bundoora Aged Care Residence has received positive feedback from the Department about their preparedness. Management and staff acted with urgency and commitment while prioritising the health and wellbeing of residents,” VMCH says.

The news comes as Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed on Sunday that none of its new cases identified over the weekend are linked to any known outbreaks or clusters in aged care facilities.

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