The largest aged care outbreak is at Estia Health's Ardeer home in Melbourne's west, which is linked to 91 cases.(ABC News: Kristian Silva)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelVictoria has recorded 295 new coronavirus cases and nine deaths, as its Chief Health Officer warns the 87 outbreaks in aged care homes across the state pose a serious threat to the broader community.Key points:Seven of the nine deaths were residents from aged care homesThe Australian Defence Force and health officials will doorknock every single positive case from today to ensure they are isolatingPremier Daniel Andrews said 29 out of about 500 COVID-19 cases recently doorknocked were not isolating at home when visited by authoritiesPremier Daniel Andrews said seven of the nine deaths were linked to private-sector aged care homes.Today's fatalities are one person aged in their 60s, one in their 70s, five aged in their 80s and two people in their 90s.About one-in-six active cases in Victoria are now linked to aged care homes, or 804 of the state's 4,839 active cases.Mr Andrews said he was not reading too much into today's new case numbers, which were the lowest since July 20.It is the second day in a row case numbers have dropped."Obviously it's always pleasing when there are less numbers than more," he said."Trends are not made in one day, we need to see these numbers over a longer period."For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our live updates.State still seeing around 50 community transmission cases each dayChief Health Officer Brett Sutton said nobody could say that the state had "passed a peak [and] there's nothing else to consider here"."We could get a number of aged care facilities with 50, 60, 70 cases a day that would change the numbers, that would also put at risk the broader community," he said. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the volatility of outbreaks in aged care homes remains a serious concern.(ABC News: Simon Tucci)He said there were still about 50 cases of community transmission every day."If you take out the outbreak figures we're actually looking at relatively few community cases but it hasn't gone down as much as I would've liked," he said.There are now 87 Victorian aged care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks. Estia Health in Ardeer has seen 49 residents and 41 staff infected with coronavirus.(ABC News: Billy Draper)Recent deaths linked to aged care outbreaks include 11 deaths linked to St Basil's in Fawkner, two deaths linked to Epping Gardens aged care and one death linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth.The largest outbreaks are:91 cases linked to Estia Health's aged care home in Ardeer89 cases linked to St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner86 cases linked to Epping Gardens aged care in Epping79 cases linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth62 cases linked to Menarock Life aged care in Essendon56 cases linked to Estia Health's aged care home in Heidelberg54 cases linked to Glendale aged care in Werribee51 cases linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee44 cases linked to Outlook Gardens aged care in Dandenong North41 cases linked to Arcare aged care in CraigieburnThe case numbers include residents, staff and close contacts.The Premier said nurses from Victorian hospitals had filled 400 shifts in nursing homes in a short period of time, after the Government announced non-urgent elective surgeries would be cancelled to free up hospital staff to help with the unfolding crisis in aged care.Mr Andrews said it had been a "massive job" and described the nurses as heroes.The Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT), which are usually sent to humanitarian crises overseas, will begin to arrive in Victoria from Thursday to assist with the coronavirus response.Hopes that care at St Basil's will improve as regular staff returnAustralia's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison McMillan, has described the "enormous mountain to climb" for workers who took over at St Basil's after its permanent staff went into quarantine last week.Workers from Aspen Medical were among the team that took over operations at the home from Wednesday as the Federal Government led a response to contain the outbreak.One person who was at the home to test residents last Thursday, a day after the takeover, told the ABC last week the sudden staffing swap had created chaos, as staff battled to learn new systems and communicate with Greek-speaking residents. Tributes were tied to the fence of St Basil's, which is run by the Greek Orthodox Church, in memory of those who had died.(ABC News: Joseph Dunstan)Ms McMillan said she visited the home on the weekend after concerns were flagged and acknowledged "there were some occasions where the care wasn't as good as I would want to see"."On Sunday I went in and we added additional resources to that facility as we were moving significant numbers out as well," she said.She said she hoped that as existing staff cleared with negative coronavirus tests returned to work in the coming days, the care would improve."Because they are the ones that know those residents best they are the ones that know that facility," she said.Staff from the Epworth Private and Northern Health hospitals are also heading into the home to support efforts to contain the outbreak.ADF and DHHS to doorknock every person who tests positiveSpace to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 31 seconds1m 31s Victorian health authorities and the ADF will now doorknock every person who tests positive to coronavirus.Mr Andrews also announced that from today, every person who tests positive to coronavirus will be doorknocked by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and state health officials."That will be not just for compliance but it's also about making sure every single case knows and understands what we're asking them to do," he said."And it's an opportunity for us to say to them, what do you need from us? "It's as much about support, reassurance and information as it is about compliance." The ADF and health authorities have so far only doorknocked cases who could not be reached over the phone.(AAP: David Crosling)Victoria COVID-19 snapshotConfirmed cases so far: 9,304Confirmed active cases: 4,839Deaths: 92Suspected cases of community transmission: More than 1,363Cases in hospital: 307Intensive care patients: 41Active cases in healthcare workers: 502Active cases in aged care: 804Tests since pandemic began: More than 1.55 millionUpdated Wednesday, July 29Latest information from the Victorian GovernmentADF and health department teams have already doorknocked about 500 Victorians who had tested positive to coronavirus but were not contactable by phone.?Mr Andrew said 29 people who were supposed to be isolating were not home and those cases have been referred to Victoria Police.Mr Andrews emphasised the need for anyone with even the mildest symptoms to get tested quickly and stay home while waiting for a result or sick."You cannot go to work,
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