Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Aged care figures tell horror COVID story

The Victorian Health Department has released a breakdown of the COVID-19 crisis sweeping through the state’s aged care facilities, with 1,089 cases now linked to the sector.

Fourteen aged care homes have been identified as having coronavirus cases, with 10 facilities listed as having between 55 and 139 cases linked to a single facility.

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest case numbers are as follows:

  • 139 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner;
  • 130 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping;
  • 106 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer;
  • 101 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth;
  • 88 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg;
  • 65 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility;
  • 63 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care in Essendon;
  • 61 cases have been linked to Aurrum Aged Care Facility in Plenty;
  • 58 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care facility in Dandenong North;
  • 55 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee.

Cases have also been identified at Lilydale Lodge Aged Care Facility, Estia Health Aged Care Facility in Glen Waverley and BlueCross The Boulevard in Mill Park.

With 429 new cases confirmed in the state today, and sadly a further 13 deaths recorded, Victoria’s total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 11,937 and climbing.

Today’s deaths included a man in his 60s, two males and a female in their 70s, two males in their 80s and five females and two males in their 90s.

Eight of the 13 newly recorded deaths have been linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.

To date, 136 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The Department said it was also looking into cases linked to QANTAS Freight, the Northern Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Melbourne United (Basketball Club), Bestway Dandenong, Jayco Dandenong and Martin and Pleasance in Port Melbourne.

It said more information would be provided in coming days as investigations continue.

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