Tuesday, 16 April 2024
    Aged Care

    Aged care deaths decline

    Around 1,000 fewer Australian aged care residents have died in the first seven months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a new weekly report from the Commonwealth Government, Australian Ageing Agenda reports.

    The report provides a snapshot of the 213 residential aged care facilities that have recorded COVID-19 infections to date including a detailed list and COVID data of the 115 facilities with two or more cases, along with other statistics.

    As of 11 September, there were 83 active outbreaks in residential aged care in Victoria (82) and Queensland (1) among residents (454) and staff (166) and 580 aged care residents with COVID-19 had died.

    According to the report 32,398 aged care residents died between 1 January and 31 July 2020 compared to 33,383 residents for the same period in 2019.

    This reduction is likely due to increased influenza immunisation rates infection control protocols introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said.

    Influenza-related deaths also appear to be down on previous years. In the first seven months of 2020, 28 residents died from influenza, compared to a total of 837 residents in 2019 and 1,064 residents in 2017.

    The report shows 213 out of 2,706 aged care facilities across Australia have had COVID outbreaks with 98 homes experiencing just one case. Of the 115 outbreaks with two or more cases, almost all have been in Victoria (110) followed by New South Wales (four) and Tasmania (one).

    Elsewhere, the report shows that the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has completed 448 infection control monitoring visits since 25 August across Australia to ensure staff, management and visitors are adhering to personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control protocols.


    Report shows decline in aged care deaths (Australian Ageing Agenda)

    COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities – 11 September 2020 (Australian Government Department of Health)