A staff member of Shepparton Retirement Villages has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The staff member has only worked at Maculata Place over the past 14 days and has not worked in the facility since Sunday August 2.
The Department of Health is working with Shepparton Villages on tracing and informing close contacts, and the affected staff member is isolating at home under the direction of the Department of Health.
All families, residents and staff have been informed.
Goulburn Valley Health will be testing all Maculata Place residents on site this morning, and close contact staff will be tested at GVH as a priority.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Greg Pullen said the organisation was informed last evening (August 6) and immediately enacted its Emergency Management Plan. Maculata Place - like all Shepparton Villages sites – was already in lockdown to visitors and is closed to all non essential and non emergency visits or contacts. Residents have been isolated in their rooms.
“We are taking every step as recommended by authorities. We want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone we are working tirelessly to protect our residents and staff,” Mr Pullen said.
Shepparton Villages is committed to providing the latest information to staff, residents and families and are working with authorities to ensure there is adequate supplies of infection control equipment.