I’m writing to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 situation across UnitingSA’s Aged Care homes.

Unfortunately, there has been a COVID-19 exposure at another of our Aged Care homes – Seaton Aged Care. This comes as South Australia records approximately 2,500 new cases per day.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation at our Westminster Village Aged Care home has now been resolved. This means that four of our five Aged Care homes are currently impacted by COVID-19.

As Westminster Village Aged Care is no longer impacted by COVID, family and friends will not receive any further COVID-19 updates. I would like to thank the entire Westminster Village community for your support throughout the exposure period.

Please find below our latest COVID-19 update for UnitingSA West Lakes, Hawksbury Gardens, Wesley House, Westminster Village and Seaton Aged Care.


Positive case/s: Three
Exposure details: The COVID-positive residents are isolating in their rooms, with all other residents encouraged to remain in their room with meal deliveries and regular wellbeing checks.
Site status: Seaton Aged Care remains open to visitors, however all visitors and staff are required to wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) until further notice. PPE will be provided to visitors upon arrival.
Testing: The three cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Testing last night and this morning. All residents underwent Rapid Antigen Testing today. PCR testing is being undertaken for all Seaton Aged Care residents tomorrow, with testing to continue every 48 hours until further notice.


Positive case/s: 10
Exposure details: Seven COVID-positive residents are located in the Para wing, while two residents are in Gawler and one is in Burton.
Site status: The Para wing remains closed. Positive residents in the Gawler and Burton wings continue to isolate in their rooms. The remainder of the Gawler and Burton wings, and the rest of Hawksbury Gardens Aged Care, is open to visitors.
Testing: PCR testing undertaken on Friday identified two additional COVID-19 cases, while no further cases were detected through testing on Sunday. The next round of PCR testing will be undertaken within our affected wings tomorrow (Tuesday).


Positive case/s: Three
Exposure details: There are three COVID-positive residents located in the Semaphore wing. This follows three residents being cleared over the weekend and one being cleared today, as well as the detection of a new positive case. There are now no COVID-19 cases in the Jervois wing.
Site status: In light of the decrease in cases, the Semaphore wing has reopened to visitors, with only the rooms of isolating residents closed to visitors. The rest of Wesley House Aged Care is open to visitors.
Testing: PCR testing undertaken on Saturday identified one additional COVID-19 case in the Semaphore wing. A further round of PCR testing is being undertaken for Semaphore wing residents today.


Positive case/s: Nine
Exposure details: There are seven COVID-positive residents on Level 3 and two on Level 1.
Site Status: A small zone on Level 3 remains closed to visitors. The residents on Level 1 are isolating in their room. The rest of Level 1 and 3, and the remainder of UnitingSA West Lakes Aged Care, is open to visitors.
Testing: PCR testing undertaken across the whole site on Sunday has returned negative results so far. We are still waiting on some results. A further round of testing will be conducted across the site tomorrow (Tuesday).


Positive cases: 0
Exposure details: There are now no cases of COVID-19 at Westminster Village Aged Care, after three residents were cleared over the weekend. Site Status: The Largs wing has now reopened to visitors, which means all of Westminster Village Aged Care is open.
Testing: As per our previous update, the 48-hour PCR testing regime has concluded.

A reminder that family and friends who are part of our Partners in Care initiative are able to continue providing support to residents who are in isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions. They can contact your home directly to discuss the details of their care visit.

A further COVID-19 update will be provided tomorrow. If you have any further questions please speak to a member of your care team.

Contact details for all of our Aged Care homes can be found on our Contact page.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.