COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Message from Senior Management

The latest updates from NSW Health that are relevant to ANHF are:

  • Greater Melbourne is currently considered an affected area, with a number of places of high concern.
  • Although there has been no further increase in local transmission of COVID-19 in NSW, however there are still current close and casual contact locations. Visitors must not enter residential aged facilities if they have been to these locations in NSW or Interstate places of high concern.
  • For residential aged care facilities within the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong:
    • All staff and visitors should wear a surgical mask where possible.
  • For home care staff conducting home visits in the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, they should wear a surgical mask where possible.
  • Consumers visiting ANHF’s Senior Wellness Centres are subject to temperature check and health screening. Each centre is adhering to their own day-to-day operation COVID safe plan.
  • From 1 June to 30 September 2021, all visitors and staff entering a residential aged care facility should be required to provide evidence that they received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccine. In special circumstances including where a person has a medical contraindication to the influenza vaccine, has had a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 2 weeks or is booked in to have a COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccination is not needed for entry.See Exceptional circumstances for more information.

For the latest COVID-19 hot spots or area of concern, please see updated list of venues and dates at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

It is important to regularly check the website, as this list may change quickly.

We appreciate your understanding that we may have to amend our measures timely in response to the urgent directive from the NSW Health.  We will contact all affected consumers, residents, relatives or staff directly as required.

 

ANHF Senior Management

24/05/2021

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* Please be informed that we will continue entry screening measure for all visitors.

You should NOT enter our organisation if you

  • have a fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19 such as a runny nose, acute blocked nose, cough, sore or scratchy throat, fever, loss of smell or taste, or shortness of breath. These people must be isolated at home and seek COVID-19 testing even if symptoms are mild
  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW or Interstate places of high concern
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • (from 1 June to 30 September 2021) have not received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccine.

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To download previous messages, click on the below link: 

 

Chief Executive Officer

From the CEO – Amid COVID-19 – 7 May 2020

From the CEO – COVID-19 Update: Health & Safety Reminder – 7 March 2020

 

Community Care

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter May 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter March 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter January 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter December 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter November 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter October 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter August 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter July 2020

Safe Work Australia: Workplace Principles & Practice – In-Home Services during COVID-19 – 5 May 2020

Home Care Clinical Newsletter – COVID-19 – April 2020

Community Care Letter to Consumers, Tenants & Carers – Protecting Older Australians – 1 April 2020

Community Care Letter to Service Providers – 24 March 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 17 February 2020

Community Care: Information & Recommended Health Care Actions – 17 February 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 29 January 2020

 

Residential Care

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #31- 17 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #30- 11 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #29- 09 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #28- 06 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #27- 23 March  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #26- 01 March  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #25- 22 February  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #24 – 06 February  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Department of Health 03 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions  from Department of Health 03 February 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #23 – 30 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #22 – 27 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #21 – 15 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #20 – 7 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #19 – 30 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #18 – 23 December 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 4) 2020-11 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #17 – 18 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #16 – 24 November 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #15 – 28 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020 – 16 September

COVID-19 Update from NSW Health & NSW Chief Health Officer – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #14 – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #13 – 21 August 2020

What to expect if the facility has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 – 21 August 2020

COVID-19 Info for permanent aged care residents emergency leave – 3 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #12 – 23 July 2020

Letter to Staff & Volunteers – Urgent Updates from NSW Health 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #11 – 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #10 – 26 June 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #9 – 15 May 2020

Industry Code for Visiting RAC Homes during COVID-19 – 15 May 2020

Mandatory Requirement on Influenza Vaccination – Update #8 – 28 April 2020

2020 Influenza Vaccination – Mandatory Requirement for Anyone Who Need to Work or Visit a RACF

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #7 – 1 April 2020

How to protect yourself and people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19 – March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #6 – 19 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #5 – 6 March 2020

Residential Care Letter: Information for Visitors During COVID-19 Outbreak – 2 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #4 – 29 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #3 – 16 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #2 – 12 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #1 – 31 January 2020

 

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Department of Health:

NSW Health Alert – COVID-19 Case Updates & Warnings – 13 July 2020

Australian Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health Facebook

NSW Health: COVID-19 Updates

World Health Organisation

 

Factsheets – Australian Government Department of Health

Interim Advice on Non-Inpatient Care of Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Factsheet for Older Australians – I have a Home Care Package, What Does this Mean for Me?

Covid-19 Information for Residents of RAC Services, their Family Members & Visitors

Families & Residents on Restricted Visits to RACF

COVID-19: Identifying the symptoms

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 – Practice social distancing

Practise simple hygiene by washing hands regularly

NSW Health Secondary Triage – Information for Residents & their Families

NSW Health Factsheet – Secondary Triage for RACF

 

COVID-19 Advice for the Public: Myth Busters

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus

Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites

Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

 

Additional Resources – Learn the fundamentals of infection prevention and control: 

Australian Department of Health: How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID–19

World Health Organisation: When and how to use masks

How to make a cloth face mask – Health & Human Services Victoria State Government

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

NSW Health: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions