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

Dear Resident Family Member,

Restrictions ease for residents at Calvary Cessnock

We are pleased to advise that in consultation with the Hunter New England Public Health Unit, we have been able to ease restrictions for the residents of our Hebburn and Paxton households at Calvary Cessnock.

This follows negative COVID-19 test results for all residents in the latest round of testing today.

The residents are now able to leave their rooms and to move about their own household. Communal dining and activities will resume and be conducted in a COVID-safe manner.

Our staff will continue to wear personal protective equipment, including N95 masks and eye protection, and closely monitor all residents for any symptoms of COVID-19.

Positive case in Elrington household

Unfortunately, we have had to reintroduce restrictions in the Elrington household after one resident there returned a positive rapid antigen test overnight. Staff are in contact with that resident’s family.

Rapid antigen tests were conducted for all residents in the household this morning and, pleasingly, all of these tests were negative. However, the residents are isolating and receiving all care in their rooms.

We are working closely with the public health unit to determine the next steps and what further testing might be required. We will update you again in the coming days as more information becomes available.

Nulkaba households still closed to visitors

Although restrictions have further eased in some areas, the Nulkaba group of households remain closed for general visitation until the public health unit deems it safe to reopen.

Visitation exceptions can be made for residents receiving end of life care and for compassionate visits. Please contact the home manager to make arrangements.

Please also contact the home to book a video call with your loved one, or if you have any concerns.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.


Bryan McLoughlinRegional CEO – NSW & QLD