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

Dear Resident and Family Members,

COVID-19 Update for Residents and Families: Positive cases identified at Calvary Ryde

I am writing to inform you that no additional residents or staff have tested positive to COVID-19 over the weekend.

Upon liaising with the Public Health Unit, one previous positive case has been deemed a ‘historical’ case, meaning there is currently one (1) active COVID-19 case and the outbreak has been downgraded to an exposure.

What does this mean for visitors?

Residents remain able to freely move around their level, but must not move elsewhere in the home at this point in time. The positive resident remains in isolation and is receiving care in their room.

In line with Calvary’s Position Statement on Visiting in Aged Care, visitation has recommenced at Calvary Ryde, however, some precautions remain in place the keep our residents, their visitors and our staff as safe as possible. Please see below:

Information for visitors

  • One fully vaccinated visitor (Partner in Care), per resident, will be permitted entry to the home.
  • Visiting hours are between 11.00am and 6.00pm, with last entry to the home at 4.30pm. This is to ensure all screening processes can be completed by our day staff.
  • All visitors will be supplied with the appropriate PPE (including face masks and shields as appropriate) to wear whilst visiting.
  • 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 before the end of the week.

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


Amanda Bennett,

General Manager Aged Care