BaptistCare Media Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update, Monday 6 April

Posted by Marcela Cuevas on 6 April 2020

BaptistCare is heartbroken to announce that a 90 year old male resident at Dorothy Henderson Lodge passed away from COVID-19 today.

“I have been on the phone this afternoon with the resident’s family, and I grieve with them in their loss. Our residents are not just numbers; they are beloved individuals in our care and the very reason we exist,” said Ross Low, CEO of BaptistCare.

“It is nothing short of heartbreaking to have another resident lose their life to this virus,” he said.

“Our care staff and those who are part of Dorothy Henderson Lodge are doing their very best caring for our residents as they would their own family.”

“We know that the residents and their families are struggling with the isolation measures in place, and they are missing each other terribly, but these containment measures are now more important than ever,” he said.

“The experts we are working with at NSW Health, and our team, remain committed to doing all we can to fight this virus and protect our residents and our people.”

Dorothy Henderson Lodge has 16 residents and five staff who have tested positive, with the total number of cases at 21. Six residents have passed away.

BaptistCare urges all Australians to please follow health advice, stay home and reduce the spread of this virus. This is vital so that health and aged care workers can do their jobs, and together we can flatten the curve and reduce any further impact on vulnerable and elderly Australians, and our wider communities.