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Sawtell Catholic Care update on coronavirus (COVID-19) at 16 March 2020

As part of our ongoing commitment to the clients and residents we serve, Sawtell Catholic Care continues to monitor the status of COVID-19, including the information and directives from the Australian Government.

Sawtell Catholic Care is well prepared and we continue to follow the advice from the Australian Government Department of Health. We will clearly communicate to you if the advice from the Department of Health changes.

It goes without saying that our priority remains the wellbeing of clients, residents and patients in our care, their families, and Sawtell Catholic Care staff and volunteers.

For the most up to date information and advice on COVID-19 please visit the Department of Health website page at: : This page is updated daily and will provide you with the most recent information.

Recent additional steps that Sawtell Catholic Care has taken include further training to ensure all staff delivering care are vigilant and up to date in best practice infection prevention and control practices. Please rest assured that we are well prepared if there is an outbreak of any infection or virus in the future.

As per previous communications shared by Sawtell Catholic Care, the steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

Knowing the symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, and understand if you fit the specific requirements for self-isolation - including recent travel to mainland China, Iran, Italy or Republic of Korea at this point, and any future places of travel identified by the Australian Department of Health. If you have any of the above symptoms or have recently travelled to the above noted countries, please do not visit Sawtell Catholic Care. Our priority is the wellbeing of those in our care. Focusing on good hand hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet. If you have a cough, cough into the crook of your elbow not into your hands. Dispose of tissues and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. If you are unwell, avoid contact with others and please reconsider whether you need to go to any environment where vulnerable members of our society are.

Please rest assured the ongoing goal of any containment process is to protect the most vulnerable members of our society by preventing a disease from being spread. We encourage you to be prepared, be alert, but not to be alarmed.

Should you have any concerns or queries about how Sawtell Catholic Care is prepared to respond to any infection or outbreak, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 02 66586133( Mater Christi) 02 55531241 (Marian Grove) or - we’re always here to help.

Michael Darragh


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