COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 12 February, 2021
The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews declared Victoria will be going into Stage 4 lockdown from 11.59pm 12 February, 2021. This lockdown will last 5 days.
As an essential provider, Able Australia’s Victorian sites will continue to operate in a modified form.
Like last year, the lockdown will mean some changes to the services we deliver and how we deliver them. These changes only impact our team based in Victoria.
- Victorian Day Services and Community Services will be closed all next week with some exemptions on compassionate grounds.
- Clients based at our residential services, will continue to receive support though visitors will no longer be permitted unless absolutely necessary.
All staff will continue to maintain their COVID-safe practices which include:
- Maintaining physical distancing where practical
- Maintaining good hand hygiene and continuing the rigorous cleaning of all services
- Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and eye wear.
The Able team will be communicating these changes to our clients and families impacted by the lockdown. If you have any questions please email email@example.com and we will do what we can to help.
We developed the COVID-19 Management Plan and setup an Incident Command Centre, which meets daily to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing environment. We have provided ongoing staff training for infection control, audit worker hand hygiene procedure and the donning and removing of PPE.
In addition, a Rapid Response Team has been setup. The Rapid Response Team is a carefully selected team that is on standby until the need arrives if we have a positive COVID case. The team have received comprehensive COVID-19 training, including; correct procedure for applying and removing PPE, disposal of waste, management and procedures if a suspected COVID-19 positive situation arises.
Able has implemented strong infection control policies including;
- Social Distancing
- Hand hygiene – as well as conducting audits on this procedure
- Installed automatic hand sanitisers at all Able sites
- Increased cleaning of high touch areas
- Face masks (Victoria only)
- Face shields (Victoria only)
Yes, since February Able has been continuously procuring PPE for staff and clients including;
- 950,000+ P2 masks for the disability sector.
- 24 litres of locally sourced hand sanitiser.
- 400 protective gowns sewn by a team of Able volunteers.
- 400+ face shields produced in Melbourne.
No, clients are not required to wear face masks inside their homes or Able accommodation however, some clients may choose to wear a face mask.
If a client is outside of their residence the Department of Health and Human Services have highlighted exceptions for not wearing a face covering as outlined here.
Whilst the pandemic has been extremely challenging for our clients, they are in good spirits. The environment has enabled clients to learn how to use assistive technology for the first time. This has been a fantastic opportunity for clients to connect with family and friends outside of their home whilst building their confidence.
Clients are connecting with those in their home and outside via Able’s Zoom baking sessions which have been a hit.
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