COVID-19 cases rising in Victorian aged care homes

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Despite the moves to allow visitors back into aged care homes, COVID-19 outbreaks are still causing concern for facilities with a surge of cases occurring in Victoria this week.

As of 8am on 1 October 2021, there were 269 active cases of COVID-19 related to aged care across 39 residential aged care facilities. The total made up of 188 residents and 81 aged care workers with COVID-19. The previous week the total was 210 active cases in aged care residents.

At that time, three residents had died of COVID-19 in the aged care home at Calvary’s Haydon Retirement Community in Bruce, ACT. On Wednesday, ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said a woman, aged in her 70s, who was receiving end of life care at the home died overnight.

“This brings the number of lives lost due to COVID-19 to six for this outbreak,” she said.

In Victoria, there are active COVID-19 outbreaks at:

  • Allity’s Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee, 32km southwest of Melbourne’s CBD;
  • Opal HealthCare’s Meadow Heights Aged Care Community in Meadow Heights, 19km north of Melbourne’s CBD;
  • The Bays Healthcare Group’s Aged Care Facility in Hastings, 77km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD;
  • Anglicare’s Dandenong home, 29km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD; and
  • Allbright Manor in Croydon North, 29km northeast of Melbourne’s CBD.

NSW Health on Wednesday said three people – a man aged in his 60s and two men aged in their 80s – died after contracting the virus at the Allity Beechwood aged care facility in Revesby, 22km southwest of Sydney’s CBD. They are the first deaths linked to an outbreak at this facility.

In addition, a man aged in his 70s became the second death linked to an outbreak at the Northcourt aged care building in North Parramatta, 24km northwest of Sydney’s CBD.

On Monday, NSW Health said a woman, aged in her 90s who was fully vaccinated, died at Hawkesbury Living Nursing Home in Richmond, 65km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. This is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at the home.