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COVID-19 Communique No.33

8 September 2021

Welcome to the 33rd communique regarding Knoxbrooke’s response to COVID-19 coronavirus.

Knoxbrooke’s COVID-19 Taskforce continues to monitor events locally and globally and considers all new Federal, State and Local Government announcements. The health and safety of the people we support and our team is front of mind when undertaking such reviews.

Knoxbrooke’s COVID-19 Taskforce meets as required. Earlier today Premier Daniel Andrew’s announcement that the lockdown for regional Victoria will be lifted 11.59pm tomorrow night for all regional areas with the exception of Shepparton region.

Below is the status of all Knoxbrooke services after incorporating the latest Victorian Government COVID-19 advice.

365 in-home support

365 in-home support is an essential service and continues to be available with more robust DHHS guidelines for disability services in place.

Should you wish to discuss using the 365 support service, please contact Paul McDonald, 365 Services Coordinator on 0499 501 008 or email paul.mcdonald@knoxbrooke.com.au

Achieve

Achieve continues to be delivered through an online format.

Should you wish to discuss Achieve, please contact Michael Beavis, Achieve Team Leader on 0475 300 505 or email michael.beavis@knoxbrooke.com.au

Yarra View Garden Centre

Click n collect and phone orders available. Now delivering within a 20 km radius. To order visit:

https://yarra-view-garden-centre.myshopify.com/

Or call 9737-0400

Yarra View & Bushland Flora Nurseries

Primary production is exempt and continues to operate within COVIDsafe guidelines. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory on arrival. Operations have moved to reduced activity. Any employees who would prefer to take annual leave during this lock-down period, this is available to you.

Knoxbrooke Outsource

Manufacturing is exempt and continues to operate within COVIDsafe guidelines. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory on arrival. Operations have already moved to reduced activity. Any employees who would prefer to take annual leave during this lock-down period, this is available to you.

Ringwood Hub

Closed until lock-down lifted. The main line (03) 9758-3666 will be attended to remotely.

Mawarra Day Services

Day service support continues to be available Pods will remain in place until end of service tomorrow at which point day services will return to COVID-safe settings. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory on arrival.

Jigsaw Industries

Manufacturing continues to operate within COVIDsafe guidelines. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory on arrival. Operations will be moving to reduced activity. Any employees who would prefer to take annual leave during the lock-down period, this is available to you.

Waratah Gardening

Primary production continues to operate within COVIDsafe guidelines. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory on arrival. Operations will be moving to reduced activity.  Any employees who would prefer to take annual leave during the lock-down period, this is available to you.

Mawarra Op Shop and Sorting Centre

Will re-open on the 10th September under COVIDsafe guidelines. Masks must be worn and QR check-in is in place and mandatory. Click ‘n collect will be available by prior arrangement.

 

Knoxbrooke COVID-19 Preparedness

Knoxbrooke has in place a well-prepared COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan. The Emergency Response Plan has been tested on four occasions through different simulations. We have well-drilled protocols in place to ensure the safety of clients, families, carers and team members. WorkSafe attended two Knoxbrooke premises and inspected our COVID-safe plan and was satisfied Knoxbrooke was taking appropriate safety measures. Regardless the COVID-safe plans continue to be reviewed and updated accordingly.

COVID-19 safety measures

Given the numbers of COVID-19 cases, please be sure to follow the DHHS advice below:

  • Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild
  • Practice good hygiene, wash your hands and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • Observe social distancing by maintaining at least 1.5m from anyone you don’t live with

(Please refer to https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/staying-safe-covid-19 for further information)

If a client or team member does have symptoms and gets tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting a result, please remember to advise Knoxbrooke via email (covid19@knoxbrooke.com.au).

Please re-contact Knoxbrooke once you have a result, positive or negative. For everyone’s safety, it is critical that you regularly communicate any cases of suspected or actual COVID-19.

To date, Knoxbrooke has not had a positive COVID-19 case and the COVID-19 taskforce is well-prepared to respond should this occur.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Kristian Dauncey

Group CEO