The federal government has released a national data snapshot of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia’s nursing homes.
The data includes all aged care facilities that have recorded more than one case in either a staff member or resident.
The new report shows that from a total of 1,967 resident cases, there have been 580 deaths as of 11 September.
There has also been a total of 2,082 staff infected with coronavirus, with 1,916 of the cases resolved and 166 still active.
The national snapshot of COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care shows there are 83 facilities currently active with the virus, with 82 of them in Victoria and one in Queensland.
Detailed data within the report underlines the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on Australia’s hardest hit residential aged care facilities.
Sydney’s Newmarch House Aged Care Facility recorded 71 total cases, with 19 residents losing their lives.
In Victoria, the St Basil’s aged care facility has had 183 cases, with 44 resident deaths, while several other facilities across the state have had more than 20 residents pass away.
The report notes that the total number of deaths in aged care has fallen by 985 compared to last year, which it claims is likely the result of increased flu immunisation rates and increased infection control protocols introduced during the pandemic.
In 2020 to date, 28 older Australians living in aged care have died from influenza, compared to 837 last year.
The latest report can be found here and it will be updated weekly with new data.
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