Bupa activates outbreak management plan after visitor tests positive for COVID-19

Tessa Randello

Aged care facility Bupa Traralgon has activated its outbreak management plan after a health professional who visited the care home tested positive for coronavirus.

In the coming days all staff and residents of Bupa Traralgon will be tested for COVID-19 in light of the result.

The health professional, who was asymptomatic at the time, visited the Park Lane facility on July 16.

Bupa’s Outbreak Management Plan includes deep cleaning of the home, requiring staff continue to wear personal protective equipment and separating groups within the home.

A Bupa spokesperson said the Traralgon facility had been closed to visitors since July 8 and that anyone entering the building has their temperature taken on arrival.

“We have also been reinforcing hand hygiene and infection control measures, and ensuring nobody enters the home if they are unwell or have any symptoms,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s likely the visiting external health professional had contact with some residents. As a precaution, all residents and employees will be tested.

“We have activated our Outbreak Management Plan and are working closely with the Public Health Unit and Commonwealth Department of Health to help protect the health and safety of our residents.

“We are closely monitoring the health of all residents with twice daily clinical observations (and) we are in close contact with our residents and their families to ensure that they have up to date information.”

Bupa said further details about the health professional cannot be shared due to privacy reasons.