Increasing COVID numbers and changes to definitions of contacts and testing.
Currently the COVID-19 numbers are increasing each day. We want you to know our plans to cope with this are holding up and we have plenty of PPE.
As information is changing our advice for the best current information you look at the Victorian Government Coronavirus website as it is being updated regularly when required.
This site also has the latest information on having a Rapid Antigen Test, or as they are becoming known, a RAT.
The recent change has been a definition of a ‘contact’.
Information on this can be found at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts
In brief there are different types of contacts and different rules apply. Make sure you follow the right advice for your situation. For more information use the link above.
Household or household-like contacts
You have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility.
You must quarantine for 7 days.
You must get tested initially on Day 1 of quarantine (or as soon as possible) and get tested again on Day 6 of quarantine.
For Day 6 tests you should use PCR tests if you have symptoms, or Rapid Antigen Tests if you don't have symptoms.
If you test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test, you must get a PCR test.
If you don’t have symptoms and you cannot access a Rapid Antigen Test for your Day 6 test, you can get a PCR test.
Given the change, and to ensure any advice is current we suggest you also look at the following websites:
For what to do if you are a close contact or maybe one.
A range of information on vaccines, who can get what and where to book.
For more detailed information, please look at Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown here.
Please continue to monitor coronavirus.vic.gov.au for the latest public health advice from the Victorian Government and a list of all restriction settings: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings
To see an outline of the latest restrictions: here
Important information about managing in the Melba Way
We will continue to support people in the best way possible, and please understand changes are being made regularly.
We will continue to support those individuals who are most vulnerable and where centre-based support is essential.
Individual Supports will continue in the home for individuals who are vulnerable however there will be community access, in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) services
SIL services will continue in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.
STAA (Respite services)
At this time STAA (Respite services) will continue.
People booking into or attending for booked respite can do so on the proviso they do not have any symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they cannot attend and are required to get tested.
Please note, we will continue to follow Government directions and the public health advice, and we will keep you informed with developments as and when we can.