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COVID-19 Update

Colton Close Aged Care Home



15 September 2020 - Updated as of 5:00

Following all resident and employee test results returning negative, we are pleased to advise that as of 15 September, the Department of Health and Human Services has officially stood down the outbreak at Colton Close.

This means that residents are no longer required to isolate in their rooms and may recommence with communal living in the home. Our team remains vigilant and will undertake a daily recording of all residents’ symptoms for the next 14 days.

We continue undertake stringent infection prevention and control measures consistent with Benetas’ aged care homes including increased cleaning, utmost personal hygiene practices, physical distancing and the appropriate use of PPE.

Given that Metropolitan Melbourne remains in Stage 4 lockdown, the home will continue to restrict visitor access unless for compassionate purposes. More on restricted visitor access is available HERE (Richard to link).

Please be advised that Benetas’ Wellbeing Team continue to check in on the affected employee who continues to self-isolate and is in good spirits.

9 September 2020 – Updated as of 5:00pm

As of Sunday 6 September, we were advised that an employee who was identified as a close contact of a positive case had contracted COVID-19. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have advised that the home must go into complete lockdown until further notice. This involves all residents being cared for in their rooms and all employees wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – gowns, masks, face shields and gloves – when entering.

We believe the home remains at low risk given that the employee who had contracted COVID-19 hadn’t worked at the home since August 27 and we had acted quickly in implementing the precautionary procedures in that time. We have since undertaken full testing of all residents and employees. The results have so far been negative and we are awaiting for the final results to be confirmed over the next two days.

This is incredibly challenging for all involved, and we are working closely with government and health authorities to take every precaution that we can. Residents, their nominated representative and employees have all been notified personally and are receiving daily updates via email.

We will continue to provide regular updates here with key developments. For more information, please see our frequently asked questions.

For the latest advice, information and resources go to (Federal Government), (Victorian State Government), or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.