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Aged care centers in Queensland have 930 staff with COVID, and the regions are battling

People in Queensland’s aged care centers are seeing more COVID than ever before, and while anti-viral medications and vaccines are saving lives, the Council of the Aging says a lack of available staff may be putting residents at risk, particularly in the regions.

Across the country there are now more than 1,000 active outbreaks in aged care centres, including 219 in Queensland.

As of Friday, 931 aged care workers and more than 1,200 residents were grappling with COVID infections.

The loss of staff from COVID and other illnesses is compounded by huge staff turnover.

An estimated 65,000 aged care workers are leaving the industry each year according to a major report released last month.

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