Lexington Gardens Update



12 August, 2020 5.00pm

No changes to report today as we await further instruction from the DHHS

Currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home



11 August, 2020

We continue to wait for confirmation from the DHHS on the next round of testing for our residents and staff.

In the meantime we are thankful that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home and remain steadfast with all of our infection control procedures and practices to keep covid out of Lexington.

Please be assured we will be in contact as soon as the DHHS informs us of the next steps.



10 August 2020, 4.00pm

There has been no change to our update from yesterday as we await confirmation from the DHHS on the next round of testing for our residents and staff.

With all results from the last testing round coming back with an all clear, we thankfully have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home.

During this period of precautionary lockdown, it is so important for our residents to be able to stay in touch with family members and for you to maintain contact with your loved ones. We strongly encourage you to book in for a weekly Zoom wellbeing check in call, particularly now with Stage 4 restrictions in place across Melbourne.

We recognise that the precautionary lockdown situation is new for our families and know that you may have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to us about your concerns during our daily calls.



9 August 2020, 4.00pm

Over 160 tests were conducted yesterday for residents and staff, and now awaiting results to come back. Families will be contacted as soon as they are received, anticipate this to happen in the next 24 hours.

DHHS representative visited the Home today, and reviewed infection control process and practices. This is a standard process during a precautionary lockdown, to ensure that we have all the protocols in place to prevent any potential spread of the virus in our Home.

Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home.

Some families have asked about delivery of care packages to the Home particularly with Stage 4 restrictions now in place across Melbourne.

We will continue to accept packages delivered through the post or courier only. What we ask is that all packages be clearly marked with the residents name, room number and contents of the package. Please also remember that we can only accept non-perishable items.

We recognise that not all families will be pleased with this policy and kindly ask for your patience and understanding during this critical period in adhering to strict practices that puts us in the best position to remain COVID-free.



8 August 2020, 4.00pm

In today’s report, DHHS conducted testing for all residents with staff testing to follow.

Going forward the number and frequency of tests that will be done, will be determined by the DHHS. This is looked at progressively based on the results from each round and the degree of risk that the DHHS assesses to exist in the Home, taking into account the circumstances surrounding the initial cause for going into precautionary lockdown.

We would expect test results to start flowing in within 48 hours. This does depend on the workload at the pathology clinic and may cause delays of up to 72 hours. However we can assure you that all families will be contacted as soon as we receive your loved ones’ results.

Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home.

One of the most important areas to manage and monitor is our workforce during a precautionary lockdown. The outbreak management team meets daily to review rosters for the day with a forward looking assessment of the days ahead. We can confirm that Lexington is working to our normal roster and staffing is stable.

Since 13 July, all staff working in the Home has been required to wear a face mask at all times. With the precautionary lockdown, the standards for PPE usage is considerably elevated to include compulsory wearing of gowns, gloves and face shields. Strict protocols are in place for the donning and doffing of PPE to eliminate cross contamination along with adherence to stringent waste management practices.



7 August 2020, 6.00pm

In keeping with the Department of Health’s advice, Lexington Gardens, like all aged care homes across Australia, has a risk management plan in place for COVID-19.

In addition to our usual processes and protocols for infection prevention and control, we have taken extra measures to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. This includes all employees being required to wear masks at all times when working since 13 July 2020.

Despite these additional safety measures, a staff member who last worked in the Home on 31-July was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 6-August, and is in self-isolation. Contact tracing is underway to identify close contacts.

Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home

With immediate effect, Lexington Gardens was put into Precautionary Lockdown with our COVID-19 emergency response plan activated and all staff now in full PPE.

The local PHU and the Department of Health and Human Services have been contacted and will be providing guidance to the Home on the next steps to ensure any potential risks are managed effectively.