12 July – Lockdown update

Dear ATV friends and relatives,

The latest press conference, held by the Premier and the Chief Health Officer this morning has not brought good news. The number of people infectious in the community has risen and may rise again. Unfortunately, the majority of these are in the Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas. The Premier has been extremely clear in saying that people should not be leaving their homes.

Consequently, Abel Tasman Village will be remaining in full lockdown until NSW Health advises differently. The situation is reviewed daily by the management team, in consultation with the Board and our Infection Prevention Control Lead RN. I know that this will be distressing news for you, but we must remember that we have a duty of care to all 73 of our residents, our staff and the community in general. We do not take these decisions lightly, but the risk of COVID entering Abel Tasman Village dictates that we must follow the medical advice and NSW Health directions.

There are alternative methods of communication available as has been previously advised. We are currently reviewing this system, to ensure access to all family members. Please stay tuned for more information. Please take advantage of any of these options while visiting is not permitted. Residents are being kept busy with increased activities.

We hope to be able to bring better news in the days ahead and appreciate your support and cooperation.

Margaret Russell,
General Manager