Date: 2 February 2021

Please find links to COVID-19 hotspot locations below. 

For New South Wales hotspots click here.

For Queensland hotspots click here.

Please note that we will continue to update this page. Please check back in regularly and ensure that you review the latest advice from government authorities.

Update 22 February 2021

Please note that the Older Persons Advocacy Network are offering a free webinar on Tuesday 23 February to learn more about the process of giving informed consent for a COVID-19 vaccination and facilitating supported decision-making. View HERE for more information.

Update 17 February 2021

Please note the additional NSW Health directive that those who have arrived from New Zealand since 15 February will be excluded from visiting our care homes for now.

Update 15 February 2021

Please find an update for Whiddon Easton Park families here.
Please find an update for Whiddon Hornsby families here.
Please find an update for all other Whiddon families here.

Please also note that visitors who have returned from Victoria since 13 February will not be permitted to visit our care homes for now.

Update 12 February 2021

Please note that Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn from 27 January 2021 to 9 February 2021 has been added as a location to the Interstate areas of concern. Please check the list of COVID-19 areas of concern before visiting our care homes. For New South Wales click here. For Queensland click here.

Update 9 February 2021

Please note the updated new locations in NSW on the close and casual contact lists since 2 February 2021. Those who have been to these areas are not permitted to visit any of our care homes for now.

Update 4 February 2021

Please note the updated current areas of concern below. Those who have been to the following areas are not permitted to visit any of our care homes for now. All staff and visitors must continue to wear a surgical mask inside our care homes in New South Wales. Areas of concern:

Update 2 February 2021

Please note the updated current areas of concern below. Those who have been to the following areas are not permitted to visit any of our care homes for now. All staff and visitors must continue to wear a surgical mask inside our care homes in New South Wales. Areas of concern:

Update 27 January 2021

Update for Whiddon families in NSW on areas of increased testing

Please note the current areas of increased testing in NSW. Those who have been to the following areas are not permitted to visit our care homes for now.

  • Cumberland City Council local government area, 
  • Suburbs in the Canterbury Local Government Area – Ashbury, Belfield, Campsie, Canterbury, Clemton Park, Croydon Park, Earlwood and Hurlstone Park
  • The suburb of Rooty Hill
  • Suburbs in the Mount Druitt area – Bidwell, Blackett, Doonside, Dharruk, Emerton, Hebersham, Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury, Mount Druitt, Shalvey, Tregear, Whalan and Wilmot.

In addition, any person who has been to any contact tracing locations of interest in New Zealand since 14 January 2021 is not permitted to visit.

 

Important information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

At Whiddon, we are committed to ensuring our residents, volunteers, families, team members and visitors live, work and visit an environment that is safe and places their interest first. In light of the current Coronavirus situation, we are listening to the experts and taking important actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

Our teams are always prepared for the flu season and understand the principles of
universal infection control precautions. For years we have worked with a specialist
organisation who has guided our teams and provided us with important resources in the
management and prevention of outbreaks.

We will continue to work with the Department of Health and are well placed to respond to, and manage, any viral outbreaks in our homes. The information below is very important and we ask you to take the time to read it through. As a community, there are steps that we can all take together to control the spread of Coronavirus.

 

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans and scientists are still learning about how it is spread, its severity and other characteristics of the virus.

As the number of cases around the world continues to climb, it is important to monitor and follow advice from the Australian Government, NSW Health, QLD Health and the World Health Organisation, and take steps to control the spread of the virus.

Elderly people are vulnerable and at a higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 and
residential aged care facilities have been advised to have appropriate precautions in place to ensure residents continue to remain safe from coronavirus.

As a family member or visitor, it is important that you check the latest advice being issued by government authorities before you plan to visit an aged care home. These can be found at the following web sites:

www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

There are certain restrictions and advice in place for people who have travelled to high-risk countries or who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please check these restrictions to see if any apply to you. Please note that these may be updated at any time, so it is important that you check the latest advice.

We ask that you help us to keep our residents, families, employees and visitors safe by taking steps such as regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms and not visiting any aged care home if you are unwell.

As the flu season is just around the corner, we encourage you to speak with your GP early about getting a flu vaccination to protect you and your loved ones, and to continue to take precautions to control the spread of viruses.

Who is at most at risk for COVID-19?
The people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:
• Recently been in mainland China or Iran (you must self-isolate for 14 days)
• Italy or South Korea (families, any visitors and employees who have visited here, or
transited through, will not be able to visit our homes for at least 14 days from the day
of arrival back in Australia.
• Japan, Mongolia and other countries of interest, you should monitor your health for
symptoms and visit your GP immediately if you develop symptoms.
• Been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of the Coronavirus

It is essential that you follow advice and any isolation requirements if you are at risk from any of the above.

Steps you can take to help limit the spread
• Make sure you clean your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub for
at least 20 seconds
• Keep away from other people and cover your nose and mouth when coughing and
sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• Stay home if you are sick

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 may have a fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and other symptoms. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress. As always if you are unwell and concerned about your health please seek advice from a medical practitioner.

Please be advised that this communication is not meant to be alarmist, rather we just want to ensure that we are taking the best preventative steps to protect all those connected with our homes and services.