Aged care CEO, Chris Mamarelis, says impact of COVID-19 on sector still a threat


Although it looks as though life has returned to some form of normality in Australia, the country continues to record 45,000 COVID-19 cases per day.

Just last week alone, there were also over 780 active outbreaks in aged care facilities. A sure sign that the sector continues to be under pressure.

Chris Mamarelis, the chief executive of Whiddon Aged Care which runs 20 centres across NSW and Queensland, spoke about this issue to ABC News.

“We’re seeing a lot of staff that are having to isolate who are contracting COVID,” Mr Mamarelis told ABC News.

“We’re not finding the backup – they’re just not there. So there’s immense pressure [particularly] in those regional locations where team members are working 12-hour shifts.”

Mr Mamarelis said the high case numbers were taking a devastating toll on the aged care workforce and he was worried about reinfection. 

Figures from across the country show there are now tens of thousands of Australians who have had COVID more than once.





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