Good evening all,
Please be aware that the NSW Government has announced this evening, following a crisis cabinet meeting, that Orange, Blayney, and the Cabonne Shire Council will go into lockdown from midnight tonight (11:59pm, 20 July 2021) for seven (7) days.
The stage one restrictions mean that impacted residents can only leave their home for essential things.
Alerts have been issued for a number of venues after a COVID-19 positive man visited those listed regions last Friday and Saturday (17-18 July).
Anyone who was present at these sites is a close contact and is urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days.
The following sites are listed as exposure venues:
- EG Fuelco Australia, 1 Hanrahan Place, Orange, Saturday, July 17, 5:45pm to 6:00pm
- Officeworks Orange, 179/181 Byng Street, Saturday, July 17, 4:35pm to 5:05pm
- Woolworths, North Orange Shopping Centre, 9 Telopea Way, Friday, July 16, 3:00pm to 3:30pm, and Saturday, July 17, 1:20pm to 1:50pm
- Pizza Hut, 33 Bathurst Road, Saturday, July 17, 4:55pm to 5:05pm
- CTC Orange, North Orange Shopping Centre, Shop 8, 9 Telopea Way, Saturday, July 17 from 1:50pm to 2:00pm
In response to this lockdown, centre-based Day Programs within Orange will be suspended for the duration of the lockdown period, and staff are to offer home-based day programs instead.
Further, external visitors are now not permitted to enter any Mercy Connect owned / operated facility or accommodation in Orange unless approval has been given by the CEO Office, or Ms Caroline Cummins (Executive Leader – Clinical Services).
Staff are reminded not to enter any Mercy Connect facilities or sites if they:
- Have been to any of the (above) listed exposure sites
- Have visited the Greater Sydney region (including Nepean Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Illawarra and Central Coast) in the previous 14 days; or,
- Have visited the Greater Melbourne region in the last 7 days; or,
- Have any COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19; or,
- Are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period; or,
- Live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating; or,
- Are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
It is compulsory that all staff and approved visitors sign in at Mercy Connect facilities / sites using the QR Code. The electronic system is a legal requirement and highly important for contact tracing. If any staff / visitor is unable to check in with the QR code then there will be a paper-based alternative.
Further, a COVID-19 Declaration / Questionnaire form must be completed prior to the visit and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Mercy Connect staff and approved external visitors are still required to wear face masks when working with participants in any setting / location, until further notice. Any staff requests for exemptions to the Mercy Connect-specific restrictions must be referred to Ms Caroline Cummins or the CEO Office.
Please note that this latest COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation, and further restrictions may be put into place without prior consultation or warning, subject to government advice or alerts.
Together we grow.
Chief Executive Officer