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Victorian healthcare worker (clinical and non-clinical) COVID-19 data

COVID-19 information and data specific to healthcare workers.

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting our healthcare workers and keeping them safe.

This information and data on this page are specific to healthcare workers. You can find other data at Victorian COVID-19 data.

The data on this page was last updated on 11 May 2021. It reports on cases notified to the department up to the 10 May 2021. The report is based on the most accurate data available to the Department of Health at the time of publication.

Hospitals, GP clinics and other healthcare services remain open, safe and ready for Victorians to visit. People who need routine or emergency medical care or support are advised not to delay their visit.

Summary

Total healthcare workers

  • A healthcare worker is anyone who works in a healthcare setting. It includes both clinical and non-clinical workers. A total of 4174 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Of the 4174 COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers, 70.7% (2949) were likely acquired in a healthcare setting, and 16.0% were not. The remaining 13.0% are either still under investigation or the source of infection was unable to be determined.

Clinical healthcare workers

  • Clinical healthcare workers work in health and aged care settings and provide direct care to patients or clients; for example, nurses, doctors and personal care assistants. A total of 3565 clinical healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Of the 3565 COVID-19 cases in clinical healthcare workers, 9% (2599) were likely to have acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, and 14.6% were not. The remaining 12.3% are either still under investigation or the source of infection is unable to be determined.
  • Of the 2599 clinical healthcare workers who likely acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, 62.6% were likely acquired in aged care settings, 29.4% in hospital settings, and 8.0% in other settings.
  • Of the 2599 clinical healthcare workers who likely acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, 50.0% were aged care or disability workers, 39.9% were nurses or midwives, 4.8% were medical practitioners and 5.3% were other healthcare workers.

Non-clinical healthcare workers

  • Non-clinical healthcare workers work in health and aged care settings but do not provide direct care to patients; for example, cleaners, caterers and administrative staff. A total of 609 non-clinical healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Of the 609 COVID-19 cases in non-clinical healthcare workers, 57.5% (350) were likely to have acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, and 24.5% were not. The remaining 18.1% are either still under investigation or the source of infection is unable to be determined.
  • Of the 350 non-clinical healthcare workers who likely acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, 72.3% were likely acquired in aged care settings, 17.4% in hospital settings, and 10.3% in other settings.
  • Of the 350 non-clinical healthcare workers who likely acquired their infection in a healthcare setting, 35.4% were cleaners, 20.9% were hospitality workers (food service attendants and kitchen staff), 9.7% were social and welfare workers, 4.9% were reception and assistants, 2.9% were office administration, 2.6% were security staff, and 23.7% were in other occupations.
Latest Victorian data for clinical healthcare workers
12 May 2021 12:52pm
1
Active cases
2599
Cases likely acquired in the workplace
3565
Total cases in clinical healthcare workers
Latest Victorian data for non-clinical healthcare workers
12 May 2021 12:52pm
0
Active cases
350
Cases likely acquired in the workplace
609
Total cases in non-clinical healthcare workers

Clinical healthcare workers

Clinical healthcare worker cases over time

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Source of infections in clinical healthcare workers over time

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Clinical healthcare worker cases by occupation

Notes regarding occupations: 'Other healthcare worker’ covers a broad range of occupations including, but not limited to: medical technical officers, chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists, and allied health assistants. ‘Aged care or disability workers’ include workers in clinical roles who are not doctors/nurses/allied health, e.g. personal care assistants and disability support officers.

Clinical healthcare worker cases by healthcare setting/workplace

Note: Some healthcare workers work in more than one healthcare setting. If a healthcare worker has been linked to an outbreak in an aged care setting they will be included in that category and no other categories. If they work in a hospital or are linked to a hospital-based outbreak, they will be included in that category unless they are also linked to an aged care outbreak.

Acquisition of COVID-19 in healthcare settings​ (clinical healthcare workers)

Note: Acquisition in a healthcare setting means that the healthcare worker likely contracted COVID-19 in a healthcare setting (see 'Information about the data' section below).

Breakdown of COVID-19 cases likely to have been healthcare acquired - by setting (clinical healthcare workers)

​Note: Some healthcare workers work in more than one healthcare setting. If a healthcare worker has been linked to an outbreak in an aged care setting they will be included in that category and no other categories. If they work in a hospital or are linked to a hospital-based outbreak, they will be included in that category unless they are also linked to an aged care outbreak.

Non-clinical healthcare workers

Cases among non-clinical staff in healthcare settings by occupation

Note: ‘Hospitality worker’ refers to staff who work in hospitality roles within healthcare settings. This includes roles such as cooks, food preparation staff, catering managers, food and drink sales assistants, and accommodation managers. ‘Other occupation’ includes onsite construction staff, drivers, beauty staff, church staff and occupations pending classification.

Cases among non-clinical healthcare workers by healthcare setting/workplace

Note: Some healthcare workers work in more than one healthcare setting. If a healthcare worker has been linked to an outbreak in an aged care setting they will be included in that category and no other categories. If they work in a hospital or are linked to a hospital-based outbreak, they will be included in that category unless they are also linked to an aged care outbreak.

Acquisition of COVID-19 in healthcare settings (non-clinical healthcare workers)

Note: Acquisition in a healthcare setting means that the healthcare worker likely contracted COVID-19 in a healthcare setting (see 'Information about the data' section below).

Breakdown of healthcare acquired COVID-19 cases – by setting (non-clinical healthcare workers)

Note: Some healthcare workers work in more than one healthcare setting. If a healthcare worker has been linked to an outbreak in an aged care setting they will be included in that category and no other categories. If they work in a hospital or are linked to a hospital-based outbreak, they will be included in that category unless they are also linked to an aged care outbreak.

Information about the data

  • For the purposes of this report, clinical healthcare workers are individuals currently employed in a health or aged care setting who provide direct care to patients or clients. They include, but are not limited to, medical practitioners, nurses, allied health practitioners, aged and disability workers.
  • For the purposes of this report, non-clinical healthcare workers are individuals currently employed in a health or aged care setting who do not provide direct care to patients or clients. They include, but are not limited to, cleaners, office-based workers, laboratory workers, food service workers, security staff, receptionists, and ward clerks.
  • This report provides data on all healthcare workers (clinical or non-clinical) who have had a positive laboratory test for coronavirus (COVID-19), regardless of whether they contracted the infection at work or elsewhere.
  • An ‘active case’ is someone who has tested positive and is currently in isolation, being treated in hospital, or still being investigated.
  • ‘Total cases’ refers to the number of all confirmed cases in the population of interest that have occurred since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in January 2020 (regardless of how the infection was acquired).
  • Healthcare acquisition is determined based on known links to outbreak settings or COVID-19 cases, known work in COVID-19 wards or testing clinics, or known contact with COVID-19 patients during the acquisition period (14 days prior to symptom onset, or prior to the first positive test for asymptomatic cases). This designation is not based on full epidemiological and genomic analysis.

Interpreting data

Data presented in this report is subject to change as more information becomes available. Cases are included in this report based on the date on which the positive lab result was first received by the department.

Daily case numbers may decrease as duplicate entries are removed from the data set. These entries may occur when an individual is tested multiple times, or their results are reported by multiple health professionals or laboratories.

You should not use the information within this report to determine whether or how to access healthcare services. If you require routine or emergency medical care and support, GP clinics, hospitals and other healthcare services remain open, safe and ready for you to visit.

Source of data

The Department of Health and Human Services sources this data through case interviews, contact tracing and management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2009, the department is authorised by law to collect information from doctors and laboratories about diagnoses of certain health-related conditions in Victoria. The law exists to monitor and control the occurrence of infectious diseases and other medical conditions and helps to prevent further illness. The aim is to protect the health and safety of the community.

On 29 January 2020, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 were amended to add Novel Coronavirus 2019 to the list of notifiable conditions in Schedule 3 and 5 requiring medical practitioners and pathology services to notify the department of confirmed cases as soon as possible.

The department established the Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce on 10 August 2020. For more information, visit Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce.

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