The ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has announced an extension to the lockdown until September 2.
Restrictions for aged care will continue for that period.
Updated advice for high-risk settings
During this time, all visitors must be excluded from residential aged care facilities (RACFs) unless attending for the following reasons:
- Compassionate reasons
- End of life reasons
- For the purposes of performing essential work on or at the premises, that cannot be performed from the person’s residence
Workers undertaking work that is not essential work are not permitted to enter or remain at the premises.
RACFs should continue to require all staff and visitors to complete entry screening questions.
Operators are encouraged to update the screening tool for their facilities.
Update to outings advice for all high-risk settings
Residents from high-risk settings should only leave the premises for essential reasons, similar to the ACT community.
Facilities must ensure that residents are provided with a mask (if appropriate) and advice about hand hygiene, physical distancing and advice on using the Check In CBR app if they need to leave the facility for essential purposes.
Face masks must be carried at all times and worn by everyone aged over 12 years outside the home.
Read the latest ACT COVID-19 updates for additional information for home-based care providers, during the period of the ACT lockdown, essential health care services must take reasonable steps to provide services via telehealth or other virtual care options where possible and clinically appropriate to do so.
The COVID-19 situation can change rapidly and as such, advice for high-risk settings is subject to change regularly. ACT Health will continue to keep you updated through these Chief Health Officer alerts.
Single site funding support for COVID-19 impacted areas in the Australian Capital Territory extended
Following the extended hotspot declaration in the ACT by Federal Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, workers at residential aged care facilities in impacted areas are asked to limit their work to a single facility to reduce the risk of transmission and protect workers and residents.
Federal Government grant funding is available to support implementation of these arrangements in the ACT from August 12 to September 2, 2021. Single site arrangements should remain in place throughout this period.