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Important: Coronavirus Update

Please find the following updates and information on the current restrictions and requirements for Mercy Connect facilities. Whilst we enter the next phase of easing restrictions, I urge all staff and visitors to Mercy Connect to be vigilant in adhering to social distancing practices, good hygiene and to stay at home if unwell or displaying symptoms.

The NSW Government is taking a staged and flexible approach to the easing of restrictions as the State continues to take a measured response to managing COVID-19.

From Friday, 18 February 2022, the following adjustments came into place in current settings:

  • No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm for hospitality venues).

  • QR check-ins are no longer required.

  • The recommendation to work from home will change and be returned to the employer’s discretion.

From Friday, 25 February 2022, the following adjustments will be made to the settings:

  • Masks remain mandatory for all Mercy Connect owned / operated homes, facilities and offices.

  • Masks are encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others.

Visits to Mercy Connect Group Homes (Albury and Central West) 

Visits to Mercy Connect Group homes remain in line with the NSW Health directives.

  • A maximum of two visitors per resident per day aged 12 and above

  • Visitors must have proof of vaccination

  • COVID declaration form must be signed prior to entry

Participant Home Visits 

Residents are permitted to have overnight stays however must not return if they are displaying any cold or flu symptoms (such as runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever) or are deemed to be a “close contact” of a positive COVID case during their stay. Should residents have cold or flu symptoms, or are notified as being a “close contact”, they may only return when a negative RAT or PCR test is confirmed.

However, residents may return from overnight without taking a RAT or PCR test only if they are not displaying any cold or flu symptoms and are not deemed to be a “close contact” of a positive COVID case during their stay.

Visitors to Corporate Offices (Albury and Central West)  

Corporate Offices at both locations remain open to visitors with the current provisions:

  • All visitors to complete a COVID Declaration. Completed declarations are to be submitted to Debbie White at reception@mercyconnect.org.au.

  • All visitors must provide valid proof of vaccination or exemption.

  • All visitors must follow current PPE requirements i.e., face masks to be worn at all times when indoors.

Albury Wodonga Health – Online Webinars 

Beginning this week there will be two webinars available for disability sector workers.

Wednesday webinars will be for staff working in residential services, and Thursday webinars for community providers. Both will cover basic infection control principles and how to apply these relevant to their settings, followed by a short Q&A at the end with IPCAR educators and a member of the Advice team. The webinars are also an opportunity to share and discuss what is working well on the ground with other facilities. They are repeated at the same time on a weekly basis so please share the below links.

Follow the Teams meeting links or contact covid19education&training@health.vic.gov.au 

  • Wednesdays: 11am-12pm: Infection Prevention & Control for the Disability Sector (Residential Services) – Microsoft Teams meeting – Click here to join the meeting
  • Thursdays: 11am-12pm: Infection Prevention & Control for the Disability Sector (Community-Based Services) – Microsoft Teams meeting – Click here to join the meeting

Together we grow.

Trent Dean 

Chief Executive Officer