#AceHealthReport – July.26: Victoria has recorded another 357 cases of #COVID19 and five more people have died from the virus: Premier Daniel Andrews said a woman in her 60s, a woman in 70s, a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s, and a man in his 80s are the latest deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 61: There are 229 people in hospital, including 42 people in intensive care: Of the almost 4,000 active cases across Victoria, 313 are in healthcare workers: There are also 536 active cases in aged care across 38 facilities, with roughly 50 per cent of them being residents and 50 per cent staff: Mr Andrews said Victoria would be out of lockdown “as soon as we possibly can”……….”I can’t predict what tomorrow’s numbers will be like, or where we will be in a week, let alone towards the middle of next month,” he said: “We will get out of this quicker than we otherwise would if everyone just stays the course, doesn’t let their frustration get the better of them, follows the rules, keeps doing the magnificent stuff that so many Victorians are doing, wearing masks, staying at home, understanding that this is something that we all have to deal with.”
#Coronavirus Quarantine Report: #Covid19 cases rise to 7,744 and over 500-in-aged-care-facilities ABC.Net/
Aged care settings ‘very, very challenging’
Mr Andrews said aged care was a “very, very challenging environment” when it came to stopping the spread of the virus: He said the Government was “working very closely” with the Federal Government and aged care providers to consolidate staff shifts into single sites to prevent “chains of transmission” being driven by staff: “That obviously doesn’t eliminate, but significantly reduces, the risk of the virus being transmitted by staff from one setting to another,” he said: “It is incredibly difficult to keep this out of aged care settings, particularly with such a transient and flexible and often insecure workforce.”.
The Federal and Victorian governments will establish a response centre to coordinate efforts to curb the worsening situation in aged care facilities across the state: The new centre will be jointly managed by Emergency Management Australia, Emergency Management Victoria and VicHealth:
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said it would be located at the Victorian State Control Centre and draw together the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Federal and State governments, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, clinical leaders, geriatric support and emergency management: “Its tasks will include quality control workforce provisions, prevention of outbreaks, rapid response, supporting provider communications to families and others,” Mr Hunt said.
Mr Andrews thanked the majority of Victorians in lockdown who were wearing masks: “Masks are essentially stage four,” he said: “It is a significant step we can all take to potentially slow and limit the spread of this virus and then drive down case numbers: That is exactly what we want and the masks will be an important part of that: Mr Andrews warned the Government had not ruled out “going further with rule changes”……………..While there are exemptions for people exercising to not wear masks, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says anyone who can wear a mask while exercising should do so: “I am aware of people who can run a marathon in a mask. If you are one of those people, absolutely, wear a mask,” he said:
The latest cases are linked to a number of outbreaks in Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including an additional case linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged and three more linked to Estia Health in Ardeer:
- 183 cases linked to Al Taqwa College
- 74 cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner
- 71 cases linked to Estia Health in Ardeer
- 60 cases linked to Menarock Life aged care in Essendon
- 44 cases linked to Estia Health in Heidelberg
- 49 cases linked to Glendale aged care in Werribee
- 23 cases linked to Baptcare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee
- 22 cases linked to Regis Aged Care in Brighton
- 80 cases linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
- 45 cases now linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac
- 21 cases linked to a Woolworths distribution centre in Mulgrave
- 10 cases linked to Star Track parcel distribution in Laverton
A spokesperson from Arcare Aged Care confirmed on Friday night a second resident from its Craigieburn residence had died from coronavirus: The first resident passed away earlier last week and two other residents remained in hospital……….The spokesperson said both residents had “serious underlying health issues”.
Professor Sutton said Saturday’s figures indicated “a really challenging epidemic curve to overcome”: “I am hopeful and really keen to see what the effects of universal mask-wearing might be,” Professor Sutton said: He said treating the 229 people in hospital with the virus was a challenge but “relatively manageable”……..”At some point, we will see a stabilisation in the active number of cases in Victoria, if our new cases remain stable. But it will continue to increase in terms of the admissions in acute settings for a couple of weeks after that,” he said: An Australian Defence Force officer who was supporting testing in Craigieburn has also tested positive to the virus: Professor Sutton said it was not clear how the ADF member caught the virus and it would be investigated.
He said the case highlighted how infectious the disease was, when an ADF staffer who was medically trained and wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) tested positive.
Army move into Colac to help contain spread from abattoir:
Meanwhile, the Australian Defence Force has arrived in Colac in Victoria’s south-west to help with contact tracing efforts…………The number of active coronavirus cases in the town jumped from zero to 45 in just over a week after an outbreak at the Australian Lamb Company: The abattoir is the town’s largest employer with about 700 employees: An incident control centre has been set up in the regional town to support contact tracing, testing and to ensure the community receives information about the evolving situation.
Three ADF members are helping with logistics, and up to 20 are expected to arrive on Monday to support a re-testing blitz: Mark Gunning, from the Country Fire Authority, is part of the incident control team and says it will also provide food, relief packages and health support to those in quarantine: “The idea of the [incident control] team is to bring all those parties together, to work collaboratively, so there’s not ambiguity in messaging,” he said: “[Then] people can be really clear on what they need to be doing to stay safe.”……..ADF members will consist primarily of medical staff and be supported by general soldiers: Mr Gunning said more people in the community were wearing masks, adding that it was vital everyone socially distanced and maintained good hygiene: “Please, if there’s a reason why you’ve got a test, if you’ve got symptoms or you’ve had a close contact, if you get a test go home, stay home,” he said:
#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: July.26: 2020:
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