05 April 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 St Joseph’s

I am writing to inform you that unfortunately a second resident has tested positive to COVID-19 at Calvary St Joseph’s, bringing the total to two (2) residents and two (2) staff. One resident resides in Max Kolby House and the other in St. Vincent Unit, and they are both isolating and receiving care in their rooms.

In line with Public Health Unit advice, this now meets the criteria for an outbreak and as a result some precautions will now apply to Max Kolby House and St. Vincent Unit. These residents must stay in their rooms and visitation restrictions are now in place to keep residents, staff and visitors as safe as possible. There is no change to visitation to the rest of the home however screening processes are in place. Please see below:

Information for visitors during an outbreak

  • With the exception of Max Kolby House and St. Vincent Unit, there is no limit to the amount of visitors allowed per resident, per day.
  • Visitation 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 with our day staff.
  • Visitors will be required to complete screening requirements prior to entry and wear appropriate PPE (including surgical mask and shield) whilst visiting. PPE is provided by Calvary. Staff will assist you as needed.
  • 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.

Visitation to Max Kolby House and St. Vincent Unit

We understand that this may be worrying for you and your loved one in our care. We want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to continue to look after the health and wellbeing of all our residents while keeping them safe during this difficult time.

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. You can help us to ease anxiety by sharing this information with other family and friends.


Sandeep Kandel,

General Manager Aged Care