As we shared on Tuesday during our employee forum and has been shared in the media, an employee from Casey Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, having contracted the virus in a case of community transmission from outside of the hospital.
I want to give my best wishes to our colleague, who has done the right thing throughout and is currently recuperating at home. I’m sure you all join me in hoping for a speedy recovery.
Our colleague is non-patient-facing and worked one shift during their expected infectious period. They wore appropriate PPE during the shift they worked and took a COVID-19 test as soon as they experienced symptoms. We believe there was no patient contact.
Contact tracing has completed and, as we have done since the start of this pandemic, we’ve taken a very cautious approach. Despite a very low risk of transmission, 41 employees who have been deemed close contacts during that shift have been tested and asked to quarantine for 14 days. Employee forums led by Infection Prevention have been held in the work area for impacted employees.
It is very important to note that Casey Hospital is not a Tier 1 exposure site, and it is safe to come to work.
I want to thank our Casey teams for their professionalism and response to this case – being a primary close contact can create a heightened level of anxiety, and I can only imagine the challenge of 14 days isolation, something so many Victorians are dealing with right now. We are working to provide practical and emotional support to all employees currently in this situation.
We know you’ve all prepared well for these kinds of situations. For the last 18 months, we have trained well in how to minimise risk, including the proper use of PPE. We need to keep our focus on managing everyone safely and giving our patients the right care with the appropriate precautions.
This is a reminder to stay across the list of exposure sites, be vigilant with hand hygiene, physical distancing, daily attestations, and using the QR code system when you use any of our shared spaces. All these measures keep you and our patients safe.
Please look after yourselves, be kind to each other, and stay safe.
Acting Chief Executive
All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.