Australia’s aged care sector is again under the microscope as authorities scramble to contain coronavirus outbreaks across 87 Victorian facilities. 804 active cases of COVID-19 have been connected to Victoria’s aged care sector, both staff and residents, and there have been 46 deaths. The lower toll in state run services is being attributed to better staffing, a result of those places being subject to state laws which mandate ratios. But aged care experts say while staffing will always be important, it is an issue that should not be conflated with the unique challenge of the Covid 19 virus.
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