Carer tests positive

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A DIRECT care worker working for Frankston Council has tested positive for COVID-19.

The worker was last with clients on 7 August and is now self-isolating. Close contacts have been contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Council CEO Phil Cantillon said “at this stage it is believed close contact encounters have been minimal. Close contact means having face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes or sharing an enclosed space for more than two hours with a person who has tested positive.”

“We take the safety of our clients very seriously and all direct care staff are provided with the appropriate personal protection equipment in line with workplace safety requirements,” he said.

“We realise this news may be distressing for some clients and their families, however we are committed to keeping our community safe and informed.

“There are no changes to our direct care service for non-impacted clients at this stage, and any possible future changes will be communicated to clients directly.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 17 August 2020

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