ADF assist COVID-hit Tasmanian aged care homes as Australia records 50 deaths

Australia recorded 50 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, with fatalities reported in NSW, Victoria. Queensland and South Australia.

COVID-19 Assist - Aged Care Support

The Australian Defence Force is providing clinical and non-clinical support to the aged care sector in partnership with the Department of Healths state network Source: Australian Department of Defence

Another 46 people have died with COVID-19 across Australia.

Victoria reported 20 deaths, while there were 16 in NSW, 10 in Queensland and four in South Australia - including a woman older than 100.

It comes as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been called in to assist three aged care homes in Tasmania to help the facilities deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.

In NSW, there were 8,201 new COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday in NSW, which is 2,017 more infections than reported the day prior.

Hospitalisations have dropped slightly overnight by 66 to 1,583, while there are 96 people in intensive care - four fewer than reported by NSW Health on Monday.

About 48.5 per cent of eligible people have received a booster shot.

There are 491 people in hospital, with 35 of those in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Victoria reported 8,162 new COVID-19 cases, as new data highlights the effectiveness of a third vaccine shot.

Of the new cases revealed on Tuesday, 6,128 were detected through rapid antigen tests and 2,034 via PCR lab testing.

Active cases are continuing to fall, dropping from 53,707 to 50,967.

There are 441 people in Victorian hospitals, down 24 from Monday's number. Of these, 67 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care and 14 currently require ventilation.

About 51 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have rolled up their sleeve for a third jab, after 10,930 doses were administered at state-run hubs on Monday.

Victoria's health department has released data showing triple-jabbed Victorians are less likely to end up in hospital, ICU or dying than the double vaccinated.

The data demonstrates those who have had their third dose are 4.5 times less likely to go to hospital with COVID-19 than someone with two doses, and six times less likely than the unvaccinated.

Intensive care figures also showed double-dosed people were 7.6 times more likely to end up in ICU than the triple-jabbed, while that figure jumped to 34 times when comparing the unvaccinated with boosted individuals.

In addition, triple-vaccinated Victorians have been 88 times less likely to die from COVID-19 since the start of the year compared to someone of their own age who was either unvaccinated or had one dose.

That figure dropped marginally to 66 times less likely for the double-dosed.

Military sent to virus-hit Tasmanian aged care homes

ADF personnel are being deployed to three aged care homes in Tasmania, with five facilities currently experiencing outbreaks. 

A "small number" of defence personnel were being sent to provide assistance to three homes for up to a week, he said.

"They will be providing general support, not clinical. This is out of an abundance of caution," Deputy Premier and Health Minister Jenny Rockliff told reporters on Tuesday.

The federal government last week announced up to 1,700 troops could be called on to assist homes and help with tasks like screening visitors and providing companionship to residents.

Mr Rockliff said defence personnel duties would be determined by the facilities based on individual need.

He said there were five cases among residents and five among workers across the five facilities with outbreaks.

The island state recorded 513 new infections on Tuesday, an increase on the 408 recorded on Monday and 371 documented on Sunday, after 456 cases were recorded on Saturday.

Seven people are being treated in hospital for COVID-19, a drop from eight on Monday. One of the cases is in intensive care.

Three cases are in hospital for unrelated medical conditions, the state health department says.

What's happening elsewhere?

South Australia has reported another 1,138 COVID-19 infections with health officials confident cases are "going in the right direction".

There are 219 people in hospital with the virus, including 18 in intensive care where five people are on ventilators.

The state's active infections stand at 13,292.

The ACT reported 455 new infections.

Of the new cases, 218 were from PCR tests while there were 237 positive rapid antigen test results.

Hospitalisations have fallen slightly from 51 to 49 patients with COVID-19.

There remain four patients being treated in intensive care for the virus while two of those are on a ventilator.

A further 48 new cases were reported in Western Australia.

With SBS News. 

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Published 15 February 2022 at 9:12am
Source: AAP, SBS