Sale’s Opal Aged Care in lockdown

A staff member at Opal Aged Care in Sale has tested positive to COVID-19. It is understood the staff member is Wellington Shire's already-announced case, which caught COVID-19 at a football match in Melbourne.

OPAL Aged Care in Sale is in lockdown as a precautionary measure after one of its staff members tested positive to COVID-19 while in isolation.
A Gippsland Region Public Health Unit spokesperson confirmed this was not a new case for the Wellington municipality, and relates to the confirmed case which is in home quarantine.
A person who lives in the same household is also quarantining.
An Opal spokesperson said the Public Health Unit had advised the facility that a staff member, who was not infectious while in the facility, had subsequently tested positive to COVID-19.
“The Public Health Unit has also advised that Sale Gardens Care Community is not an exposure site,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the employee had been in isolation since Thursday, July 15, at the direction of the Public Health Unit.
Despite testing negative on Friday, July 16, the employee subsequently tested positive on Monday, July 19.
The staff member had not been on site either during the infectious period or since testing positive.
“At this point there are zero other COVID positive cases among residents and team members,” the spokesperson assured.
“Because the team member was not infectious on site, and we do not have an outbreak at our care community, we are not required to lockdown the care community under Victorian government guidelines — nevertheless out of an abundance of caution we have chosen to do so.”
The spokesperson said all residents who wanted to be vaccinated had been.
“A small number of new residents who have joined our care community since the vaccination program was completed now wish to be vaccinated, and we are working with the local health authority to do so as soon as possible.”
The Opal spokesperson said precautionary actions were being taken, with the facility placed in lockdown for 48 hours effective immediately, all staff wearing masks and personal protective equipment, and all residents being checked twice daily for signs or symptoms
Only essential visits are permitted in full personal protective equipment.
“What this means is we do not have a COVID outbreak and our residents remain safe,” the spokesperson concluded.