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Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:34 pm
gnrc_louis wrote: ↑
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Curtin detention centre - 1500
Woomera detention centre - 1500
Manus Island detention centre - 1100
Wickham Point detention centre - 1000
Christmas Island detention centre - 800
Baxter detention Centre - 660
Port Hedland detention Centre - 600
Yongah Hill detention centre - 600
Scherger detention centre - 600
That's nearly 8,500 beds.
How many people are currently in quarantine in hotels across the country?
The advertiser article reiterates what a number of epidemiologists have been suggesting for many months, that the medihotel system is seriously flawed - it's a shame they were not listened to sooner. The Federal Government should have shown some initiative and reopened their immigration detention facilities rather than hand-balling management to the States, then when things went wrong i.e. Victoria, blaming the States.
How many quarantined people can live in a 1500-person facility? Is it as many as 750? The other rooms need to be occupied by the security staff, cleaners, cooks, etc. Then the facility needs to have a hospital suitable for managing any infected cases that get worse, so the facility also needs to have a hospital with an Intensive Care Unit, including enough suitably qualified staff, nurses, doctors etc. If we don't want these workers to be fly-in, fly-out from Adelaide and other major cities, then the town also has to have the facilities for their families - child care, school, shops.
Leigh Creek might be a possibility as it was set up in 1982 as a permanent mining town, and is now not needed for that, but still has facilities for the surrounding communities.
The problem that Nicola Spurrier talked of is that earlier in the pandemic, most people flying in to Adelaide were not infected, so the quarantine facilities were primarily to make sure. Now, other parts of the world are more heavily infected, so the proportion of people arriving who are infected is higher, which changes the risk profile.
Those things could easily be set up.
There's absolutely no need to move families and children of staff up there for rotational work.
You're not going to relocate people there.
What would happen, is the facilities would be reopened, cleaned out and prepared.
Temporary accommodation units can be very easily moved up there and setup quickly for staff, and in fact such transportable units can be setup for basically almost any purpose you can imagine.
Staffing is easily manageable too.
You would send staff, be it security, nurses, doctors, cooks, cleaners, up there on a 2 week basis.
They would go up there, quarantine separately from the civilians for the mandatory period, then get to work. Before returning to Adelaide, they would again go into quarantine. Rotating people in and out. And what's to say that there aren't suitable staff in nearby towns.
Or whatever similar arrangements.
Regardless of the arrangements, it is 1000% a better option then continuing to quarantine people in city hotels where outbreaks have happened and will probably happen again in the future. The people in quarantine right now are stuck in hotel rooms, the closest they come to outdoors is if they have a balcony or looking out of a window. At least up there, they could have a schedule where they could go for a walk or exercise.