COVID-19: GP Alert (1 April 2021)
April 01, 2021
We would like to wish all general practice staff a Happy Easter and pass on our gratitude for your ongoing efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy throughout the evolving COVID-19 environment. We will continue to keep you update over the Easter break of any key information and alerts. You can also keep up to date by visiting the Queensland Health COVID-19 webpage.
Greater Brisbane lockdown lifted
- At 12 noon today, the Greater Brisbane lockdown was lifted having proven successful in keeping the movement of people and COVID-19 to a minimum. The single locally acquired case overnight was already in quarantine as a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
- Escalated PPE requirements however will remain in place until mid-April for all Queensland Health Facilities.
- For health facilities external to Queensland Health, a decision on whether to follow the PPE protocols in the guidance for health services will rest with the responsible Chief Executive or equivalent for that entity. PPE guidance is additional to and does not replace the CHO directives that have been formally issued, for which compliance is mandatory. Please refer to the Pandemic Response Guidance – Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery document.
- People must continue to carry a face mask with them at all times when they leave home, unless they have a lawful reason not to. Click here to find out more
- Visitor restrictions are in place for aged care facilities, disability accommodation services, hospitals and correctional facilities.
- GP respiratory clinics remain open to clinically assess and test anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. For more information of the available respiratory clinics and fever clinics visit our COVID-19 webpage
- Please note: Darling Downs Health has opened an additional COVID-19 testing site at the Highfields Sport and Recreation Park. The site will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm over the Easter Break.
- GPs are reminded to have a low threshold for testing patients with any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
- To keep up to date with PPE requirements, please refer to the Queensland Health Personal Protective Equipment webpage.
Priority cohorts within the disability sector
People with disability and disability care workers eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a are also able to attend a Phase 1b vaccination location if they choose to do so, including their local general practice.
The Department of Health have heard of occasions where people from the disability sector have been turned away from practices due to misunderstanding of their eligibility status.
Both Phase 1a and 1b eligible people can receive the vaccine through a Phase 1b primary care clinic where there are available appointments even if they are not known to the clinic. Proof of Phase 1a eligibility can be provided by completing the Eligibility Declaration Form.
Further detail on who is eligible to attend the vaccination sites under Phase 1b in the attached message from the Department of Health.
The Fit Testing of Particulate Filtration Respirators (PFR or P2/N95 respirators) in respiratory protection programs Guidance Document (Fit Testing Document) has been developed to provide guidance and recommendations for decision-makers and healthcare workers (HCWs) in Queensland to support the safe and practical integration of fit testing into respiratory protection programs. It can be found on the PPE information site.