Aged care providers are calling for urgent action to protect residents and staff from a winter COVID-19 wave.
Aged care facilities brace for COVID wave
More than one third of Australia’s aged care facilities are battling COVID-19 outbreaks with 6000 residents and 3400 staff infected.
The Aged and Community Care Providers Association said its members are calling for urgent action to protect residents and staff from a winter COVID-19 wave.
The association’s interim chief executive Paul Sadler said 10-15 per cent of staff are already isolating or quarantining at home, and the coming weeks will put intense pressure on residents and workers.
“The increased availability in surge workforce including the Australian Defence Force over the past week has been welcome, but there is still a shortfall,” he said.