COVID-19 cases in aged care facilities lowest since 15 October

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The number of residential aged care residents and staff with COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest level since 15 October.

As at 8am on 19 November, there were 337 active cases of COVID-19 related to aged care across 33 residential aged care facilities, according to Federal Government data. On 15 October, there were 353 active cases of COVID-19 related to aged care across 71 residential aged care facilities.

The vast majority of cases now are in Victoria. As of Friday, there were 928 active cases and 61 deaths linked to aged care homes in Victoria. More than half of Victoria’s total fatalities from COVID-19 are aged care residents.

On Tuesday, NSW Health announced a woman, aged in her 80s, died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was a resident of Presbyterian Aged Care nursing home at Ashfield in Sydney’s Inner West, where she acquired her infection. She was unvaccinated and marks the second death linked to an outbreak at the facility.

In NSW yesterday, there were 195 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 35 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

Across NSW, 94.4% of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92% are fully vaccinated.

In Victoria yesterday, there were 284 infected Victorians in hospital, with 52 in active intensive care units and 29 on a ventilator.

Victoria will hit 90% double dose for eligible people in the coming days.

Professor Adrian Esterman, a South Australian epidemiologist, stated on Twitter yesterday that NSW’s basic reproductive number (REFF) is 0.98. In Victoria, the REFF is 1.11. ACT has a REFF of 1.18. Anything above 1 is considered cause for concern.