Melbourne City Mission (MCM) can confirm three residents and six staff associated with one of our Supported Independent Living houses in Albion, where MCM support people with a disability, have tested positive for COVID-19.
At present, all are currently experiencing mild symptoms and are recovering in isolation. Residents are well supported including with daily health and wellbeing monitoring. We are in constant contact with residents families to ensure we keep everyone up to date.
MCM is working closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to provide them with all the necessary information they need to undertake contact tracing. At this stage, MCM is unable to determine how the residents acquired the virus.
A thorough routine cleaning of the house and hand hygiene was in place and has continued. It has been re-staffed with a new disability support team who are wearing full Personal Protective Equipment in-line with Federal Government health guidelines.
MCM Chief Executive Officer, Vicki Sutton is urging the community to be vigilant and play their part to stop the spread of the virus.
“This is a really difficult time for all Victorians with extensive community transmission putting so many at risk.
“We must all take personal responsibility and follow the Victorian Government advice to stay at home, practice physical distancing, wear a mask; wash your hands, and get tested even if you are displaying the mildest of symptoms.
“Our focus at MCM remains as it has been throughout this pandemic - to continue to provide essential services to support our clients and their families in the safest possible way following the advice of Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer,” Ms Sutton said.
Read more about MCM's response to COVID-19.