TLC Heathcare mandates rapid antigen tests at its aged care homes in VIC

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Private operator TLC has mandated COVID-19 rapid antigen testing capabilities across its 11 aged care homes in Melbourne and Geelong.

TLC, which was the first given approval to vaccinate staff and residents through its on-site doctors, has made the tests compulsory for every visitor, staff member, and contractor. According to CEO Lou Pascuzzi, two people taking the tests at TLC facilities over four weeks returned positive results, with one of these positives later being confirmed by PCR test as an asymptomatic case.

“As vaccination rates increase, restrictions ease and contract tracing winds down, there is an increased likelihood that a person can be infected with COVID-19 and not know.

“This situation proves that rapid antigen testing is the most effective way to protect vulnerable aged care residents,” he said.

TLC is adopting a “three pillar” strategy for fighting COVID-19 in its facilities, comprising rapid antigen testing, vaccination, and infection control protocols.

Rapid antigen testing has been rolled out to aged care facilities across Greater Sydney as well, following a successful trial at Whiddon’s Easton Park home.