COVID-19: confirmed cases in aged care plateau as Newmarch House residents given all-clear

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The immediate threat from the virus in Australia’s aged care homes appears to be over with cases in residential care flattening out this week following similar results in home care for the last two weeks.

Check out the graph above.

As you can see, there are 67 confirmed cases in residential care – the same as last week.

There have been two more cases of staff members being infected at a Melbourne aged care home where a resident was diagnosed a week earlier – but thankfully, no more cases among staff or residents at any Victorian aged care home has been reported since then.

With all of the COVID positive residents at Anglicare’s Newmarch House given the all-clear on Sunday, there are now only six active cases in residential care – two in NSW and four in Victoria.

In home care, the numbers are identical to last week – just one active case with 27 people recovered and three deaths recorded.

Providers tell us their concern now is the growing number of cases where people in the community have tested positive weeks and even months after exposure – and whether this could be the source of future aged care outbreaks.