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NSW screening advice for aged care staff updated

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The screening advice for residential aged care facilities and home care service providers in New South Wales has been updated for August 4.

There are new requirements for staff working for aged care home service providers, as of August 4 they have the same surveillance testing requirements as residential aged care facility staff living or staying in:

  • Canterbury-Bankstown LGA and City of Fairfield (Fairfield LGA) and Cumberland City (Cumberland LGA), need to have surveillance testing every 72 hours
  • other LGAs in Greater Sydney do not require regular surveillance testing to go to work. Only staff who are working more than 50 km from Greater Sydney are required to be tested every seven days. 

Other key messages include:

  • The restrictions for Orange, Blayney and Cabonne have been removed.
  • Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia remain affected areas with close and casual contact places of high concern.
  • Exclude visitors who have been to the Queensland areas of concern, except those providing essential caring functions or for end of life care
  • Until further notice, staff who have been to the Queensland areas of concern since 21 July 2021, must self-isolate until they receive a negative test and have a test every 72 hours after that.

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

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