13 January 2022 | View in Browser
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Update for Residents and Families

Dear Resident and Family Members,

Further restrictions eased at Calvary St Joseph’s

We are pleased to advise that in consultation with the Hunter New England Public Health Unit yesterday, we have been able to ease restrictions on residents of the home’s remaining two households – St Catherine’s and St Vincent’s.

This follows recent negative PCR test results for residents of these two households, with the exception of the original resident who had tested positive.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Like their fellow residents in our other households, St Catherine’s and St Vincent’s residents can now leave their room and dine and conduct activities communally in a COVID-safe manner. However, residents must remain within their own household and cannot yet visit other households.

Staff will continue to wear N95 masks and shields, and will continue to monitor all residents for any symptoms of COVID-19.

The resident who had tested positive is continuing to receive care in their room, and their family is being kept informed.

Although restrictions on residents’ movement have been lifted, Calvary St Joseph will remain closed for general visitation until the Public Health Unit deems it safe to reopen. Exceptions can be made for residents receiving end of life care, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a special care and support role is provided. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.

Next steps

We are continuing to liaise with the Public Health Unit and will update you again as soon as any information becomes available.

We anticipate our next update to residents and families will be early next week, unless there are any changes to be communicated before then.

We thank residents and families for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.


Bryan McLoughlin,  Regional CEO – NSW & QLD