24 December 2021 | View in Browser
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Update for Residents and Families

Dear Resident and Family Members,

RE: COVID-19 exposure update for residents and families at Calvary St Joseph’s Retirement Community

The below information is intended to give residents and their families an update on the current exposure at St Joseph’s Retirement Community.

In line with the advice from Hunter New England Public Health Unit, a further round of resident testing was conducted yesterday and we are currently awaiting results and further advice. Due to the high level of community testing we are unsure on the timeframe of these results being received.

Residents are well and continue to be cared for in their rooms. Our staff continue to closely monitor all residents for any symptoms of COVID-19.

Calvary is working closely with local NSW Health Public Health Unit officials to determine when we will be able to allow residents to leave their rooms and enjoy more freedom of movement. We hope to be able to share an update with residents and families about this soon.

Is Calvary St Joseph’s still in lockdown?

Our first priority and focus at this challenging time is residents’ safety, health and wellbeing. Calvary St Joseph’s will need to remain in lockdown until it is deemed safe by Hunter New England Public Health Unit to open up to visitors again.

Understandably, arrangements and visitation for Christmas Day will be on everyone’s mind, and we are endeavouring to have a clear direction as soon as possible. We will continue to work with the Hunter New England Public Health Unit and update you as soon as any information is available.

If you wish to drop off gifts or care packages for residents in the lead up Christmas, a Calvary staff member will be available outside the front doors to receive them between 9am and 5pm today. Please press the front doorbell if it is outside those hours.

While no general visitation is allowed at this time, residents and their loved ones can stay connected by making phone calls, sending letters, cards or text messages, or by using our WebEx video call service. Please do not hesitate to contact the home if you wish to book a video call with your loved one or have any concerns.

Exemptions will be made for special visits for residents receiving end of life care. Please talk with care staff to make specific arrangements.

We know that this is a very difficult time for residents and families. We will continue to keep residents informed and to contact each resident’s listed person responsible by phone and email and update with any developments.

Where can I get more information?

For more information and regular situation updates, please visit www.calvarycoronavirusupdates.org.au 

We are committed to ensuring that you are provided with the information you want – quickly and regularly. You can help us to ease anxiety by sharing this information with other family and friends.

Thank you for your continued understanding at this challenging time.


Martin Bowles        National CEO      

Bryan McLoughlin  Regional CEO – NSW & QLD