Only 29 aged care homes with COVID-19 – lowest number since 3 September

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In positive news, the number of aged care homes with an outbreak of COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest level since 3 September.

In addition, the number of residential aged care residents and workers with COVID-19 continues to fall.

As at 8am on Friday, 26 November, there were 259 active cases (188 residents and 71 staff) of COVID-19 related to aged care across 29 residential aged care facilities. There were 22 active COVID-19 outbreaks associated with more than one case of COVID-19.

The majority of cases continue to be in Victoria. There were 37 resident cases (including 3 deaths) and nine staff cases in Heritage Care’s Water Gardens Aged Care Home (pictured) in Sydenham, 22km northwest of Melbourne’s CBD; 36 resident cases (including five deaths) and 10 staff cases in Royal Freemasons’ Centennial Lodge in Wantirna South, 25km east of Melbourne’s CBD, and 35 resident cases (including six deaths) and three staff cases in Baptcare Westhaven Community in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne’s CBD.

In NSW, last Tuesday, a woman, aged in her 80s, died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, 4km southwest of Sydney’s CBD. She was a resident of Presbyterian Aged Care at Ashfield, 8km west of Sydney’s CBD, where she acquired her infection. She was unvaccinated, and the second death linked to its outbreak.