Wednesday 31 March, 2021

A message for our Residential Care communities in South Australia and the Northern Territory

Yesterday evening, the Byron Shire Council in NSW was added to the list of COVID-19 hotspots / restricted zones by public health authorities in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

As a result, the following precautionary measures now apply;

  • Anyone who has been in the Byron Shire Council in NSW since Friday 26 March will not be permitted to enter a Southern Cross Care Residential Care home in SA or the NT for the next 14 days (until Wednesday 14 April).
  • These people must also complete all COVID-19 testing requirements as directed by public health authorities and present evidence of their negative test results before returning to our homes.

These measures are in addition to the current restrictions on entry into our Residential Care homes for anyone who has been in Queensland since Saturday 20 March - as outlined earlier this week (below).

Special visitation arrangements remain in place for end-of-life visits and these can be discussed with your local Residential Services Manager.

We understand that for a small number of people, these precautionary measures may impact on visitation plans during the special time of Easter. We are committed to working with those who are affected and supporting them to make alternative arrangements where possible.

Monday 29 March, 2021

A message for our Residential Care communities in South Australia and the Northern Territory

In response to the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Queensland, our Emergency Pandemic Committee has determined the following;

  • Anyone who has been in Queensland since Saturday 20 March will not be permitted to enter a Southern Cross Care Residential Care home in SA or the NT for the next 14 days (until Monday 12 April).
  • These people must also complete all COVID-19 testing requirements as directed by public health authorities and present evidence of their negative test results before returning to our homes.

If these measures affect you, please contact our staff at your local Residential Care home so that alternative arrangements can be made. Special visitation arrangements remain in place for end-of-life visits and these can be discussed with your local Residential Services Manager.

Our hearts are with the people of Brisbane as they face another challenging period of restrictions and uncertainty.

Thank you for your understanding of our ongoing COVID-19 screening and safeguarding measures, designed to help protect the health and safety of our residents and our community.