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Call to expand plan to protect health workers from contracting COVID-19 – The Age

Up to 80 per cent of Victorian healthcare workers who tested positive for COVID-19 amid the state’s second wave contracted the deadly virus at work.

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The government is facing an intense backlash from the sector after it opted to run a single “fit testing” trial which uses a machine to ensure mask are sealed to the face for high-risk staff at Northern Health, rather than implementing the infection control practice across the state.
Fit testing is mandatory for workers dealing with asbestos and silica, but not always for hospitals dealing with COVID-19, leaving doctors and nurses vulnerable to the deadly virus.
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