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COVID-19: GP Alert (12 November 2021)

November 12, 2021

NEW – Additional LGAs determined by the CHO to be in the 'moderate risk' category

Queensland Health continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in Queensland and nationally to determine whether further changes are required to health directions or other arrangements that may be in place to reduce the potential impact and risk of COVID-19 in Queensland.

This includes in relation to the emergence of any new variants of COVID-19, such as the delta variant. Queensland Health is providing further advice on escalated use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), given the recent community COVID-19 cases and community transmission.

These precautions are intended to limit the further spread of this variant in the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community.

As of 4 pm, 11 November 2021, the following additional Local Government Area (LGAs), have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” risk category:
  • Paroo Shire
  • Bulloo Shire
  • Murweh Shire
  • Quilpie Shire
  • Maranoa Region
  • Southern Downs Region
  • Toowoomba Region
  • Western Downs Region
  • South Burnett Region (including Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire)
  • Part of Banana Region that incorporates the community of Taroom
  • Gold Coast City
  • Part of Scenic Rim Region that incorporates the statistical local areas of Beaudesert and Tamborine-Canungra.

The following LGAs remain on “moderate” risk:

  • Goondiwindi Region
  • Balonne Shire.

All other LGAs remain in the ‘low’ risk category. All health and care settings in the LGAs listed above are to escalate use of PPE to “moderate” risk category, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community health care settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings)
  • Queensland Health Vaccination Clinics.

All staff working in Fever Clinics should continue to utilise “moderate” risk PPE usage, regardless of location.

Read the full letter from from Shelley Nowlan, A/Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland.

For more information on PPE requirements, visit the Pandemic response guidance PPE for healthcare facilities and the Queensland Health PPE webpage.