Covid Outbreaks Aged Care Spreadsheet contains data obtained from the Department of Health’s Weekly COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities.
At a Senate inquiry hearing on August 4, 2020, Dr Brendan Murphy, secretary of the Department of Health, and Senator Richard Colbeck, the Minister for Aged Care, refused to name the aged care homes with outbreaks during Victoria’s second wave. They explained that providers didn’t want to be publicly named because they were worried about “reputational damage”.
It is not the role of the Department of Health or the government to protect aged care homes from reputational damage. So I began preparing a weekly list of the outbreaks in Victorian aged care homes in 2020.
After a month or so weeks of updating my list (mostly from intel from members of my Aged Care Matters Facebook Group), the Department of Health released its first Weekly report on 11 September 2020. At that time, an outbreak was defined as one resident or staff testing positive for Covid.
More recently the Department has listed only the names of aged care homes with two or more Covid cases.
This data has been produced every week, until 31 December 2022 – when no report was published and no explanation given.
The weekly report recommenced on 7 January 2022.
Thanks for releasing the data – I am sure it has been a busy time with so many aged care homes with outbreaks.I note with confusion that you are now naming some home care providers in your list of aged care homes with outbreaks. Are you able to tell me why?On 24 Dec, you listed the following home care providers as active outbreaks:Integratedliving Home Care PackagesKincareSt Basil’s In Home Care
On 7 Jan, you listedCalvary Community CareCare ConnectFive good friendsAnglicare SQ South Coast Region Home CareIntegrated Living AustraliaMulticultural Aged Care Services Geelong IncAustralian Vietnamese Women’s AssociationBanyule City CouncilHume City CouncilNorthern Health Home Care Packages – Level 4Wintringham Home CareThe Australian Asian Association of WA Triple A CareYou may also be interested in correcting the entry numbers 115 and 237 in the Appendix.Also – Bupa Clemton Park is in NSW, not Victoria. Also you may want to correct the spelling.Also, curious that Wesley House (SA) had 1 resident with an active case on 24th Dec. Yet on 7 Jan, had zero (with zero resolved).
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I no longer trust the data from the Department of Health. So I will not continue to update these spreadsheets.