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High praise for Oak Park Recreation and Leisure Centre’s outstanding COVID-19 response

February 24, 2021 COVID-19 update

The Y received high praise from the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) for contact tracing and data management, as well as from parliamentarians during a cabinet meeting last week. This commendation continued publicly, when a patron also called the ABC’s morning program to praise the Y’s response.

During last week’s five day Victorian COVID-19 lockdown, Y Victoria’s Oak Park Sports & Aquatic Centre was listed as one of the hotspot venues linked to a COVID-19 case, with up to 400 people (including 25 staff members) all requiring testing and isolation. One of those in isolation, a local resident and member, called the ABC morning program’s host Virginia Trioli and gave a glowing report about Oak Park’s tracking, processes and rapid contacting, highlighting the excellent response by the Y, as both “professional and timely”.

Oak Park’s Centre Manager, Shane Holt, had just commenced his role at Oak Park two days prior to the incident notification coming in.

“So with just one day on the job on-site as Centre Manager, I knew that our greatest priority was the safety of our community, including our staff, so the team pulled together and worked really hard to make sure all of the procedures were immediately put into place, working closely with the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS),” said Shane (still in isolation and working from home).

“We pride ourselves on our safety, aquatic safety, child safety and COVID-19 safety, and as an organisation, we don’t want to let ourselves down in any area of safety – particularly safety of our people and our communities,” Y Vic’s CEO, Carolyn Morris added.

The site has now re-opened following a deep clean and go ahead from the DHHS, with staff coming out of isolation tomorrow (Thursday, 25 February).
Congratulations and thanks to the Oak Park team!

Listen to Friday’s (19/2/21) interview here.

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