Doutta Galla COVID-19

27 August 2021

Dear Resident, Family Member and Friends,

All of our residents and many of our families have already been advised of the outcome of the COVID-19 round of testing that was undertaken last night.  All tests that we have received to date have returned a negative result.

In addition to the staff member, I advised you about last night, another staff has reported that their family member may have been exposed to a Tier 1 site.  Although this is yet to be confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services, we are taking this into consideration as part of our precautionary response.  Hence, further testing will be undertaken on Thursday 2 September 2021.  Once we have the results of that round of testing, we anticipate being in a position to assess whether we need to continue with the precautionary response.

We are pleased that none of the residents or staff are showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

We know that the residents don’t enjoy being in their rooms but unfortunately with the ongoing and rising cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Victoria, there are times when we need to take action to protect our residents.  To support residents through this period we have engaged additional staff to support the Leisure and Lifestyle Program.  We will do upmost to keep residents as engaged and as comfortable as we can and we encourage you to stay in touch.

We will advise you immediately of any changes to your or your family member’s health status, however if you have an enquiry or concern about your family member, please call Yarraville Village on
03 9687 8233. In addition, we have an email address where you can send any questions, comments or concerns related to COVID-19. The email address is covid19questions@dgas.org.au.

If you or your family would like more support during this time, please reach out to OPAN (Older Persons Advisory Network) on 1800 237 981.  They are available 6am – 10pm, 7 days a week.  The other organisation that can assist you is Elder Rights Advocacy Victoria who can be reached on 1800 171 866 for support and advice.

Yours sincerely,

Vanda Iaconese

CEO