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6 May - COVID-19 Update

You may be aware that SA Health has updated and eased some of the close contact rules for our sector effective 29 April 2022.

One week in ISO

Bedford has reviewed the new guidelines which state that most of our sites are now classed as ‘Tier 2 sensitive settings’ - this means that:

  • staff, employees and clients at Bedford sites who are identified as a close contact can now isolate for 7 days (not 14)
  • from Day 8, providing you are not symptomatic, and have returned five negative Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), as per SA Health’s requirements, you can return to work
  • when you return to Bedford sites from Days 8 - 14, you will need to undertake further RATs in accordance with Bedford’s Rapid Antigen Screening and Surveillance Procedure (see below)
  • to adhere to SA Health conditions, all staff and employees will also be required to wear a N95 fitted mask for Days 8 – 14. If unable to wear this mask correctly (including those with facial hair) it will be necessary to complete isolation for the full 14 days. COVID Marshalls have received training in the fitting of masks

Return to work for staff and employees who have tested positive

Staff and employees who are not resident at a SIL provider will be able to return to work from Day 8 providing:

  • they can wear a N95 fitted mask for Days 8 - 10, if unable to wear this mask correctly it will be necessary to complete isolation for the full 10 days.
  • if any symptoms develop, must not work and immediately seek a PCR test
  • not attend any other high-risk settings outside of the workplace.
  • must be completely free from acute respiratory symptoms (eg, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) for at least 24 hours prior to returning to work, to allow a full 24 hours of being symptom-free to pass.

No changes at Balyana and Day Options

Disability Care and Residential facilities have been deemed ‘Tier 1 sensitive setting’; therefore the 14 days isolation period remains for staff, supported employees and residents.

Employees or clients who live in SIL at Balyana or with another provider will also have to isolate from Bedford for 14 days if they are a close contact, as all SIL are regarded as Tier 1 sensitive settings.

Due to the supports provided at our Day Options facilities, we have decided (whilst pending confirmation from SA Health Disability) to classify them as ‘Tier 1 Sensitive settings’.

Bedford will apply these rules from Monday 9 May but if at any time you become symptomatic, as always, you must isolate and get a PCR test immediately.

Thanks again for continuing to follow COVID-Safe protocols and keeping Bedford running!