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Orana’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the current concern of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the wellbeing of our clients, their families, our staff and volunteers remains Orana’s number one priority.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic and the situation is changing rapidly.

Orana is treating Coronavirus as a top priority, monitoring the situation closely, taking all possible steps to reduce the risks and make decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of our clients, staff and the community generally.

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases within our sites or houses. Even so, with the number of cases across the state increasing, Orana is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.

As a precautionary measure and to protect the safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff, Orana has activated and implemented its pandemic response plan, in line with advice from the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Effective immediately, the following measures have been implemented as part of this plan:

  • Orana has reviewed the range of social and recreational activities normally undertaken by our clients. Activities that pose a risk to a client’s health and wellbeing will not go ahead until further notice. Alternative meaningful activities will be sourced for clients to take part in.
  • In the event that a family member who is supported by Orana in their own home, exhibits any symptoms related to COVID-19 such as a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, we ask you to please seek medical advice and to self-isolate.
  • We ask all visitors to any Orana site or house to please stay at home if they are feeling unwell.
  • If someone in your family member’s household is unwell, please advise Orana and support the client to remain at home.
  • All large gatherings that include visitors from outside of Orana are suspended until further notice.
  • Down Syndrome SA (DSSA) has suspended a number of activities including: The Early Intervention Program, Dance Down, Club Slick, Club Rock and Club Strike until further notice.

Orana will continue to support all clients in the safest possible manner to ensure their health and wellbeing. We will continue to follow protocols as directed by The Department of Health and revisit these protocols as necessary.

We understand that the daily routine of our clients and staff employees may be affected. These are unprecedented times but we need to ensure that the welfare of our clients and staff remain paramount as we work through this difficult time.

For updates on the Coronavirus:

  • The Australian Government Department of Health website provides general information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Phone the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 (runs for 24 hours a day, seven days a week).