COVID-19: cases in aged care and home care stall for first time since restrictions began

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The number of confirmed cases in residential care and home care has stagnated this week, suggesting that, like the rest of the country, the spread of coronavirus has slowed.

Take a look at the latest data from the Department of Health above.

The number of aged care residents who have tested positive remains unchanged this week at 63. Three more deaths at Anglicare’s Newmarch House has increased the death toll to 27, but 16 people have recovered.

BaptistCare’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge was also declared free of COVID-19 last Thursday – nine weeks after its first case.

Home care is also steady at 31 confirmed cases, with four more people recovering – bringing the total number of recoveries to 22. Three people receiving home care services have died from the virus.

There have been two cases of a single aged care staff member being infected – one at a Melbourne aged care home that has been linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak that has now infected 77 people and the other in a Bacchus Marsh aged care home.

However, all residents and other staff at both homes have been tested with no more positive cases identified.

It is good news for Australia, particularly when you compare to other countries where the situation in aged care homes continues to spiral – in the US, there are now over 25,000 reported deaths in its long-term care facilities while in the UK, 6,000 aged care deaths linked to COVID-19 have been reported in a span of just three weeks.