Covid cases: More than 100 aged care residents die of Covid-19 in one week

More than 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Australian aged care facilities in the past week.

The alarming new statistic comes after health authorities warned that cases of Covid-19 are rising rapidly across the country.

According to the Department of Health, there were 6,588 active cases, including staff and residents, in residential aged care facilities as of December 23.

In the last week there were 102 resident deaths, or 5.8% of all deaths, in aged care from Covid during that time period.

5,869 new cases have also been registered since December 15.

No new Covid-19 data will be notified until January 6.

It won’t be known until the new year how many new cases were reported during the week, including Christmas Day.

Since the start of the Omicron outbreak in late November 2021, there have been 65,558 deaths in residential aged care from all causes.

However, the good news is that most aged care residents who are eligible for four doses of the vaccine have received them.

As of last week, there are currently 134,422 residents – or more than 84 percent – vaccinated with four doses of the 159,009 who are eligible.

Another growing trend for 2023 has been the number of staff needed to cover staffing gaps due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

A total of 155,233 shifts in aged care services were affected by Covid-19, including 2,179 in the last seven days.

These changes include roles for GPs, nurses, health workers, allied health workers, executive and support staff.

The Australian Defense Force also supported 542 residential homes for older people between February and September 2022.

Originally posted as Over 100 aged care residents killed by Covid in just one week

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