The Australian Ministry of Health is launching a new reporting tool where elderly care providers can report their COVID-19 cases.
The COVID-19 support portal on the My Aged Care provider’s website will allow elderly care services to submit unidentified data on COVID-19 outbreaks or exposures to their facilities.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Case reporting through the new online site begins on February 28th. Before then, providers still have to submit their counts to the government via email.
“The information collected through the new COVID-19 Support Portal is the same as the existing information to be reported by providers to the Ministry of Health. We are simply making it more streamlined and efficient,” the department said in a recent update. The portal, it added, will help “speed up the provision of support to providers when an outbreak occurs”.
THE LARGER CONTEXT
The Ministry of Health streamlines elderly nursing staff reporting of COVID-19 cases amid rising deaths. Recorded deaths in the sector in the first two months of 2022 have surpassed the figure throughout 2020, according to government data. About a thousand geriatric care centers are currently battling outbreaks caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant.
The addition of the new reporting tool follows the launch of a similar portal introduced on the My Aged Care page, where providers can report vaccination status for their workforce. That weekly reporting of the vaccination status of the elderly has been made mandatory for providers since June last year.