South Australia’s Ridleyton Greek home for the Aged in precautionary lockdown

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An aged care home at Ridleyton owned and operated by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA) will be locked down for at least 12 days after a staff member was identified as a close contact of South Australia’s latest coronavirus case.

The infected man in his 20s had been self-isolating with relatives who both work in aged care.

“The authorities and the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) acted immediately to prevent any spread into nursing homes. South Australia is taking additional measures to protect nursing homes in the wake of deadly aged care outbreaks in Victoria.

“No one can afford to be complacent at this time,” Bill Gonis, President of GOCSA, told The Greek Herald.

The 120-bed facility, home to many Greek elders, says it will remain in precautionary lockdown until the worker’s second COVID-19 test is returned after day 12, while the connected Largs Bay facility says it will lift its lockdown tomorrow. Both workers have tested negative so far but remain in quarantine.

Sources confirmed to The Greek Herald that two more facilities, St. Basil’s at St Peters and Croydon, are also in provisional lockdown “as a precautionary measure” due to the unfolding situation.

UPDATE:

On Sunday afternoon, the lockdown at the St Peters and Croydon park facilities was lifted.

‘We want to give you an update of the situation and let you know that thankfully the Ridleyton /Philip Kennedy situation has resolved which means the lockdown has now lifted at our sites, effective immediately. Residents will be informed immediately by staff onsite. Thank you again for your ongoing support’ reads the email sent to the families.

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