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

Dear Resident or Family Member,

COVID-19 Update – Positive Resident case identified at Calvary The Brelsford

I am writing to inform you that unfortunately one (1) resident has tested positive to COVID-19 at Calvary The Brelsford last night. The resident resides in Pearl wing and is currently isolating and receiving care in their room.

Other residents in Pearl wing were tested and no additional positive cases were found. In line with Public Health Unit advice, another round of testing will occur on Thursday 24 March 2022 for residents in Pearl wing, and we will advise you of the results once we receive them.

Residents in Pearl wing are able to move around but must stay within the wing. Residents outside Pearl wing are free to move around the facility.

In line with Calvary’s Position Statement on Visiting in Aged Care, some visitation restrictions remain in place to keep our residents, their visitors and our staff as safe as possible. Please see below:

Information for visitors

  • Consistent with Calvary’s Position Statement on Visiting in Aged Care one fully vaccinated visitor (Partner in Care), per resident, will be permitted entry to the home.
  • Our visiting hours are 10.00am – 4.00pm, daily, with last entry to the home at 3.30pm. This is to ensure all screening processes can be completed by our day staff.
  • We ask that all visitors book their visit with us for now. To make a booking, please email coffs@japara.com.au and provide your requested time and date, name of the resident/room number, your name and proof of your COVID vaccination.
  • Visitors will be required to complete screening requirements prior to entry and wear appropriate PPE (including face mask and shield) whilst visiting. PPE is provided by Calvary.
  • As a precaution to keeping residents safe, visitors will be required to have a rapid antigen test (RAT test) before entering the home. This takes time, and we ask for your patience as we manage this important screening process.
  • Visitation exceptions may be made for residents receiving end of life care, residents who may be experiencing distress, or where a special care and support role is provided. Please speak with the home manager to discuss arrangements.

We will continue to liaise closely with Public Health Unit officials, who will make the decision about whether and when it is safe to remove the current visitation restrictions. We will keep you updated as information becomes available. We anticipate our next communication to you will be by the end of the week.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience at this time.


Cassandra Schwartz,

General Manager Aged Care