Last night we were informed a contractor working at our Mermaid Beach aged care residence tested positive for COVID-19. The contractor was present at the residence on Monday 29 March 2021, for approximately two hours, completing some building works.
The contractor had no direct contact with any aged care residents and limited interaction with two staff members. Both staff are quarantining as per Queensland Health Directions.
The contractor’s temperature was taken on commencement of work on Monday with a non-elevated reading. When advised he was a close contact of a confirmed case, he left the site immediately, as did all other contractors working at the site.
We are treating this situation as extremely serious and are working closely with the Public Health Unit and following their directions. The aged care residence is in full lock-down and following personal protective equipment protocol.
The first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations at the aged care residence occurred on 11 March 2021. All residents, with the exception of those unwell or where consent was not provided, received the first dose of the vaccine. Additionally, twenty staff were also vaccinated on that day. The next phase of the vaccination is imminent and is being expedited to the earliest possible date.
Monitoring our residents and staff remains our top priority. No resident or staff member has displayed symptoms of the virus at this stage.
We will release further information as it comes to hand.
On the 31st of March we released an update statement. Please click here to read it.