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Updated advice for NSW and Qld aged care providers

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The screening advice for Residential Aged Care Providers and Home Care Providers has been updated as of June 9, 2021.

A key update is that staff and visitors must not enter a RACF and be excluded from work from home care service providers if in the last 14 days they have been in:

This information can change rapidly so please check the NSW Health at least daily for updates.

QLD Health – updated advice

The list of exposure sites has been updated since yesterday (Thursday, June 10). Affected sites to date are located on the Sunshine Coast, Goondiwindi, and Toowoomba.

Sunshine Coast has extended testing site hours at the Caloundra Specialist Ambulatory Care drive -through clinic from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. This is not the only option for testing – for a full list of testing clinics please visit the website.

Anyone who has been to an exposure site cannot visit a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation – even if they return a negative result – for 14 days since they attended the exposure site.

Reminder for Queenslanders:

Please consult the contact tracing website regularly for the latest list of exposure sites.

If you have also been to NSW since June 1, please regularly check their website or Facebook page for any exposure sites (note: contact tracing is still underway).

If you have been to any of the exposure sites, regardless of whether you have any symptoms, you must get tested immediately and remain at home until you return a negative result. Additional testing facilities will be available on the Sunshine Coast.

Anyone in Queensland who has any symptoms – however mild – is asked to get tested and remain at home until they receive a negative result.

Further information and advice

Please visit Department of Health’s Aged Care COVID-19 advice website for information and resources to assist in preparing and managing a COVID-19 outbreak, including what to do in the first 24 hours of an outbreak in a residential aged care facility.

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