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(Updated 11th May 2022)

Living Choice has created this page to keep our residents, their families, our clients and staff members updated on the latest COVID-19 information. We revisit this page regularly to ensure the latest information is available.

We have also introduced an email address covid19@livingchoice.com.au so that residents, staff members and clients can contact us with their questions. We’ll endeavour to reply to all questions within 24 hours.

COVID-19 oral treatment

The Australian government will make the second prescription-only COVID-19 oral treatment available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for Australians at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 from 1 May.

Patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 and who are classed as high risk can use the oral anti-viral medicine 'Paxlovid'. The medicine is expected to reduce the need for hospitalisation.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose before Winter for vulnerable groups. The dose can be given from 4 months after the booster dose and is now available to those who are aged 65 years and older, residents in aged care or disability facilities, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aged 50 years or older or severely immune-compromised.

COVID-19 guidelines at Living Choice villages

The guidelines at Living Choice villages have been set according to the restrictions announced by the NSW, SA and QLD Governments as at 11th May.

SA 

Face masks are no longer required unless you're catching transport or in a high-risk location like a hospital. However, venues can still request that patrons wear masks if they feel that it compromises people’s safety.

You are no longer required to do the COVID-Safe Check in at defined public activity but you are required to Check in at hospitals, disability care facilities, and residential aged care facilities.

Given the large number of people that visit the public spaces at Living Choice Fullarton, both the Residents’ Committee and Village Management strongly recommend that both residents and visitors still wear a mask in these areas.

Free Rapid Antigen Tests are available at local pharmacies for those who have a Concession card. However, if you don’t qualify for a free RAT, they are also available at Fullarton, Woodcroft and Flagstaff Hill Village Reception Desks for $15 each.

The following guidelines still apply at Fullarton, Woodcroft and Flagstaff Hill:

  • Masks are still strongly recommended in shared indoor public spaces, including the leisure centres.
  • There are no density restrictions at social events and in hospitality areas at Fullarton, Woodcroft and Flagstaff Hill and dancing and singing is permitted.
  • The one person to 4sqm rule still applies for gyms. If fitness classes are being held outdoors the density limit is 1 person to 2sqm.
  • The hairdressing salons at both Fullarton and Woodcroft are open for business.
  • Shopping bus trips at Fullarton continue – 5-person limit.
  • There are no density restrictions in libraries, theatres, workshops, craft rooms and snooker rooms.
  • At both Woodcroft and Fullarton, the Wellness Centre services are open to both residents and the general public. Those providing services are wearing masks and following COVID-Safe protocols.
  • Home Care services continue as normal – please email Michelle Henderson at sahc@livingchoice.com.au if you need assistance.

For more news about the State restrictions, see Current activity restrictions | SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19

QLD 

From 28th April, quarantine requirements are no longer necessary for close contacts with no COVID-19 symptoms, and unvaccinated international arrivals.

Masks are required in vulnerable or high risk settings, including hospitals, aged and disability care, and prisons. Unvaccinated people are not able to visit.

Masks are also required on all public transport (including platforms and ferry terminals), in all taxis and ride share (for driver and passengers, unless the driver is in the vehicle on their own), at airports or on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.

To keep up to date with the latest announcements and cases, see Queensland’s Public Health and Social Measures plan | Queensland Government (covid19.qld.gov.au)

NSW 

From 22 April, most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

Masks must be worn in hospitals, residential care, cruise terminal, correction facility, indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

If you are over the age of 12 and are a household or close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, you must also wear a face mask when you are in an indoor setting that is not your own home, including workplaces and tertiary education settings. School settings may have their own guidance for students which should be followed.

QR check-ins only required for nightclubs, and for all music festivals with more than 1,000 people. Hospitals, aged and disability facilities may use their existing systems for recording visitors.

From 12th January 2021, if you test positive for COVID-19 from a rapid antigen test (RAT), you must register your test result with Service NSW.

To keep up to date with the latest announcements, see COVID-19 rules | NSW Government

Vaccination stickers

Residents may wish to affix a “Fully Vaxxed” sticker to their name badges when visiting communal areas. If you have been fully vaccinated and would like a “Fully Vaxxed” sticker, they are available at all Living Choice village offices.

Viewings by appointment

Fully vaccinated people or those with a medical exemption are welcome to inspect our homes at all villages. To ensure we keep our visitors, residents and staff safe, we ask that you phone ahead to make an appointment and wear a mask.

Remember, Living Choice staff members are here for you – email covid19@livingchoice.com.au

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