Date published: 
23 October 2020
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre continues to provide the robust response effort required to protect our most vulnerable senior Australians living in aged care from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • The number of Category 1 facilities (critical outbreak) is now zero, from a high of 13 in early August.
  • The work of the Response Centre has also seen the number of facilities with outbreaks continue to fall.
    • The total number of aged care outbreaks since 1 January 2020 is 176; there are now 15 active outbreaks.

Daily update

  • There are zero new cases today associated with residential aged care facilities.
  • The seven-day moving average of new cases is 0.00.
  • There have been no new cases in an aged care resident since 26 September 2020.
  • Active cases have now dropped to 5 in Victoria today
    • 1 resident
    • 4 staff
    • 0 other, close contacts which are neither staff nor residents of the facility
  • There has been a cumulative total of 4630 cases in aged care in Victoria.
    • 1962 residents
    • 2035 staff
    • 633 close contacts which are neither staff nor residents of the facility
  • Total number of deaths associated with aged care outbreaks in Victoria is 650.
    • There were zero aged care related deaths reported today.

The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre is continuing to support and work with the health services hub network, Australian Department of Health, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the independent Older Persons Advocacy Network and residential aged care facilities to meet the ongoing needs and requirements of residents, staff, families and associated communities.

The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre is a joint arrangement between the federal and state governments, bringing together more than 150 staff from 28 agencies. Its priorities are focused on:

  • Care and safety of residents
  • Safety of staff
  • Unifying effort across agencies
  • Rapid identification and prioritisation of outbreaks
  • Rapid response and intervention
  • Prevention of outbreaks
  • Effective communication and engagement
  • Preserving the health care system



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