"At least 659 Victorians have died after catching COVID-19 while being treated
for other conditions in hospitals, with doctors warning that patients are
delaying care over infection fears.
Health Department data obtained under freedom of information laws reveals 5614
people were suspected to have caught COVID while in the state’s public
hospitals between 2020 and April this year.
More than one in 10 of these patients were confirmed or suspected to have died
as a result of their hospital-acquired infection.
The revelation came after the state’s health safety watchdog dropped a
requirement for health services to notify it of hospital-acquired COVID-19
infections that result in serious harm or death. These cases are now reviewed
Australian Medical Association Victorian president Jill Tomlinson said people
admitted to hospital were at higher risk of serious illness and death from
COVID-19 than the general public because they were often older and had other
conditions, which might include a weakened immune system, lung and heart
problems, diabetes or obesity.
“There needs to be broad recognition in our community that some people are more
susceptible to COVID,” she said. “For some people, a COVID infection can be a
Tomlinson said while life had returned to normal for most Victorians, some
people feared going to hospitals and medical practices because of the risk of
“I am concerned that people are not seeking medical care that is necessary,”
Via Violet Blue’s Pandemic Roundup
: June 29, 2023
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