More than 100 people have died of Covid-19 in aged care facilities across Australia in the last week.
The alarming new statistic comes after health authorities warned Covid-19 cases are climbing rapidly across the country.
There were 6588 active cases – including staff and residents – in residential aged care facilities as of December 23, according to the Department of Health.
In the last week there were 102 resident deaths – or 5.8 per cent of all deaths – in aged care from Covid for that time period.
There were also 5869 new cases reported since 15 December.
No new Covid-19 data will be reported until January 6.
It will not be known until the new year how many new cases were reported over the week inclusive of Christmas Day.
Since the beginning of the Omicron outbreak in late November 2021, there have been 65,558 deaths in residential aged care from all causes.
In good news, however, the majority of 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 per cent – vaccinated with four doses of the 159,009 who are eligible.
Another escalating trend for 2023 has been the number of surge staff required to fill staffing gaps due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
A total of 155,233 shifts in aged care services were impacted by Covid-19, including 2179 in the past seven days.
These shifts include roles for GPs, nurses, care workers, allied health workers, executive and ancillary staff.
The Australian Defence Force also provided support to 542 residential aged care homes between February and September 2022.
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