COVID-19 News and Updates

Latest COVID-19 Advice from the Department of Health

As a condition of entry, all visitors to a Pathways Residences home are required to be up to date with their vaccinations (both COVID-19 and Influenza vaccinations) and all visitors, staff, contractors and volunteers are required to wear an N95-quality face mask while on the premises.

Your assistance in this matter and by following our guidelines of entry helps protect not only our vulnerable and elderly residents but Pathways Residences employees and other visitors of the home as well.

We have video calling facilities available to keep you in touch with your loved one if you are still unable to visit the home in person. To arrange a video call and for any resident-specific enquiries, please contact the home directly.

The latest advice from the Department of Health states the following:

It is recommended that each visitor shows evidence of a negative RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) result taken within 24 hours before entry. Visitors providing essential care and entering on a regular basis can, with the agreement of the RACF (Residential Aged Care Facility), do less frequent testing but the minimum interval recommended is twice weekly.

1. Residents are permitted to have two fully COVID vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years per day:

  • Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to get a booster vaccine if they are eligible for one and to have a negative Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) prior to each visit
  • Up to 2 children under 12 years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a person fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to receive the 2022 seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it is available.
  • All visitors must wear a surgical mask over their nose and mouth while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing.
  • Wherever possible, the visit should be in an outdoor area. Visits should not be in any inside communal areas.
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted as a visitor.
  • Existing requirements in the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 on visiting residents who are at end of life remain in place.

2. Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 the operator of the residential aged care facility can authorise a visitor unvaccinated against COVID-19 to enter and remain on the premises for the purpose of visiting a resident who is at the end of life. In such cases, appropriate care must be taken and it is strongly recommended:

  • The visit is either facilitated outdoors or solely inside the resident’s room and
  • The visitor takes a rapid antigen test before the visit.

3. An exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 has been signed to allow more than two visitors to visit a resident who is at the end of life:

  • The exemption is subject to the condition that the operator of the facility takes reasonable steps to ensure:
    • No more than 4 people (including children) visit at any one time
    • All visitors wear a mask while in an indoor area unless the visitor is interacting with the resident they are visiting
    • There is minimal interaction between the visitors and the staff and other residents

4. Visitors must not enter a RACF at all if they:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements. People who have had high-risk exposures should not enter high-risk settings for at least 14 days since their exposure to a COVID-positive person.
  • Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • Have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it has been at least 7 days after arrival and they have received a negative rapid antigen test 6 days or later after arriving in NSW.

We encourage you to check the NSW Health website regularly for the latest advice. This can be accessed by the below link:

NSW Health Department

Please be assured that we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and we are committed to keeping you up to date as new information becomes available.



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