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15 February, 2023

Cooee Lodge’s first COVID exposure

Late last week, Gilgandra Lifestyles advised family members and the public, that Cooee Lodge had experienced its first cases of COVID-19.

By Lucie Peart

The council-run aged care facility said that residents are being well cared for by the clinical team and on call medical services. Gilgandra Lifestyles further advised that they are working with the Commonwealth government for advice and support.

A support workforce has commenced, providing the lodge with assistance to manage the health and care of clients and staff.

This team is provided by the Commonwealth and has been developed specifically for this style of support. Visitor restrictions remain in place, however council has advised compassionate visits may be requested. Residents remain isolated in an attempt to curb transmissions, along with infection control practices in place.

Additional resident activities that can be achieved while isolated have been implemented.

Gilgandra Shire Council’s director of aged care director Donna Dobson said, “We are thankful to our staff, who are to be complemented as we work through this period. Their dedication to infection control throughout the pandemic has ensured that exposure at our facilities has been limited.”

“We are providing families with regular communications regarding updates on patients, residents and processes in place, and are ensuring that residents stay in good spirits. We thank families for their ongoing support and understanding. Gilgandra Lifestyles continues to work with the public health unit and the department of health to ensure the best possible outcomes for residents and staff.”

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