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  • Covid hits a third of Australia’s aged care homes as 6,000 residents infected


    Sat 23 Jul 2022 21.24 EDT

    AustralianAssociatedPress

    Providers call for urgent support as 3,400 staff infected in 1,013 facilities and fears two-thirds of homes could soon have outbreaks

    Aged care providers are calling for urgent action to protect residents and staff from a winter Covid-19 wave which is hitting more than one-third of the country’s facilities.

    The Aged and Community Care Providers Association said 6,000 residents and 3,400 staff were infected in 1,013 facilities as of Thursday.

    The association’s interim chief executive, Paul Sadler, said 10 to 15% of staff were already isolating or quarantining at home, and the coming weeks will put intense pressure on aged care residents and workers.

    ... “ACCPA is concerned that anywhere up to two-thirds of aged care homes could be affected by active outbreaks over coming weeks,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

    ... Sadler said 2,301 aged care residents have died so far in 2022, including 114 in the past week.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...dents-infected
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