Lowest number of residential aged care homes with COVID-19 since 1 October

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The spike in the number of active cases of COVID-19 in residential aged care homes has plateaued, with the number of RAC homes hit by the coronavirus falling to its lowest level since 1 October.

Latest data from the Commonwealth Department of Health states, as of 8am on 29 October, there were 511 active cases (two less than last week) in 53 aged care homes. This represents a drop of two active cases and a fall of 10 aged care homes with COVID-19.

With the lowest daily infection tally in Victoria since late September announced yesterday, it is hoped that the cases of COVID-19 in aged care homes continues to fall. The highest level in October was recorded last week.

Sadly, NSW Health has reported the deaths of more aged care residents. On Tuesday, the deaths of two people, a man in his 70s and a woman aged 101, who were infected with COVID-19 at Mercy Health’s Mercy Place home in Albury, 553km southwest of Sydney’s CBD, were announced. They were both fully vaccinated and had underlying health conditions. There have now been five deaths linked to an outbreak at Mercy Place.

Last Friday, it was announced a woman in her 90s died at IRT’s Tarrawanna aged care home (pictured), north of Wollongong, where she acquired her infection. She was unvaccinated and is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

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