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Communications for Warena Centre

BaptistCare homes are responding to the developing situation on a daily basis and we are continuing to implement preventative actions to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our homes.

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Latest Update - 2:50pm Monday, 17 January 2022

Newest Information:

  • Testing was conducted on Sunday, 16 January, one additional resident from Level 4 has tested positive to COVID-19. No other positive results.
  • Level 4 Gardenia, remains open to in-room visits.
  • In-room visits for Level 4 Grevillea, will be temporarily suspended until further notice.


Important updates regarding Warena Centre:

Visitation Information

  • Level 2 remains closed to non-essential visitors.
  • Level 4 Grevillea, is closed to non-essential visitors.

Levels 1 & 3 are open for festive season in-room visits.

  • Bookings are essential and must be made via the Acuity booking system, using the link you have used previously, and provided here.
  • Each resident can have one double vaccinated visitor per resident per day.
  • No children under the age of 12 can be permitted.
  • Visitors must be screened and undergo a rapid antigen test with negative result upon entering the home.

Residents on Levels 1 & 3 can be taken out of the home for excursions.

  • Residents on Levels 1 & 3 can be taken out of the home for excursions, although we would ask that you consider the risks involved. We are strongly recommending residents stay in the home given the high case numbers in the community. Excursions from the home should only be to low-risk settings, preferably outdoors, and with good social distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing where possible. Please use Acuity to book an excursion.

Resident Wellbeing

Please be assured, the team at Warena Centre will call you if there are any changes to the health or wellbeing of your loved one.

We are conscious that residents miss their friends and family and we are taking steps to ensure the residents remain physically and mentally well during the current closure.

  • In-room visitation for Level 4 Grevillea will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • Level 4 Gardenia, remains open to in-room visits.
  • As of Sunday,16 January, Level 2 Waratah residents will be able to leave their rooms and socialise within their respective wings of the Home. In-room visits remain suspended until further review, Monday 17, January.
  • For infection prevention and control, the wing in the Roselea section of Level 2 has been isolated.
  • Resident body temperatures are taken twice daily.
  • You can drop off care packages, gifts and non-perishable food items to be passed along to your loved one. We encourage you to send care packages as it brings great delight to the residents.

COVID-19 Testing Information

  • Testing was conducted on Sunday, 16 January, one additional resident from Level 4 has tested positive to COVID-19. No other positive results.
  • In total there are 11 residents who have tested positive to COVID-19. Nine residents are from Level 2 in the Roselea section and two residents are from Level 4.
  • A number of staff have tested positive to COVID-19. All staff are fully vaccinated.
  • Staff members testing positive within the community, who may have worked while infectious, is impacting our capacity to open parts of the home.
  • All consenting residents on Level 1 were rapid antigen tested on Thursday, 13 January and returned a negative result.
  • All consenting residents on Level 4 Gardenia were Rapid Antigen Tested (RAT) on Sunday, 9 January. Level 2 and Level 3 were (RAT) on Monday, 10 January.
  • All consenting Waratah residents on Level 2 were given a rapid antigen test on Friday, 14 January and all returned a negative result.
  • We are completing rapid antigen tests on all staff before they start their shift, in addition to the entry screening and automated body temperature readings.
  • There continues to be significant and rapid COVID-19 transmission in the community, and our staff are exposed to this as they reside in the local area.

How We're Managing COVID-19 Testing

  • With delays in the results of PCR testing, the home is also using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for early detection of possible COVID-19 cases.
  • If a resident returns a positive RAT result, we are treating this result as a positive COVID-19 case. PCR testing will be undertaken to confirm these results.
  • In the event of a positive RAT result we may take some precautionary infection control measures and restrict movement in parts of the home.
  • If a resident tests positive (RAT or PCR), we will communicate with families first and then provide that update to all families through this website page.

Thank You

We wish to thank you for your support of our team as we manage the ongoing situation at Warena Centre

Please know we are doing all we can in partnership with health authorities and with support from our wider residential leadership team and our executive leadership team to respond to this situation. The health, safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our absolute priority.

Communication to Families and Visitors of Warena Centre

COVID-19 Update: Warena Centre - Friday, 24 December 2021

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Change to Communications to Exposure and Outbreak Homes - Thursday, 23 December 2021

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COVID-19 Update: Warena Centre - Wednesday, 22 December 2021

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COVID-19 Update: Warena Centre - Monday, 20 December 2021

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COVID-19 Update: Warena Centre - Friday, 17 December 2021

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