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COVID-19: GP Alert (13 March 2021)

March 13, 2021

Case update including urgent PPE advice – Princess Alexandra Hospital

A junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital last night tested positive for COVID-19 after having assessed two COVID-19-positive patients on Wednesday morning.

The two patients, who had been in hotel quarantine, tested positive to the UK variant of COVID-19, with genomic testing expected to reveal the doctor has the same strain.

As a precaution non-essential visits to hospitals, residential aged care, disability residential services and correctional facilities in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands Local Government Areas will cease. This will be effective from noon today and reviewed Tuesday.

Anyone entering these facilities will be required to wear a mask during this period.

Please visit the Queensland Health website for the latest information on restrictions and Public Health Directions.

Potential exposure sites

Contact tracing is underway for any staff or patients who may have come into contact with this doctor who worked a subsequent shift on Wednesday and into Thursday. The doctor developed mild symptoms later on Thursday and on waking Friday morning went and got tested.

Depending on the nature of contact people may have had with this doctor they may have to either go into quarantine or be tested.

The doctor was also infectious in the community on Thursday afternoon and evening.

High-risk community exposure sites include the:

Venue name, locationSuburbDateTime
Morning After Café,
cnr Vulture & Cambridge St
West EndThursday 11 March 202114:00 – 15:15
Corporate Box Gym,
East Brisbane, 368A Logan Road
GreenslopesThursday 11 March 202117:45 – 19:00
Stones Corner Hotel,
346 Logan Road
Stones CornerThursday 11 March 202119:00 – 19:45

Further information is being obtained on the Corporate Box Gym and Stones Corner Hotel venues and the risk assessment may be updated.
Any individuals who have been in the above locations during the relevant times are asked to immediately home quarantine (until March 25 – 14 days from March 11) and call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Contact tracers are also currently contacting people based on details provided by the venues.

Lower-risk exposure sites include the:

Venue name, locationSuburbDateTime
McDonalds drive through,
235 Old Cleveland Road
CoorparooThursday 11 March 202103:10 – 03:20 (Drive through)

People who attended lower-risk exposure sites at the relevant times are asked to monitor their health and immediately get tested if they get any COVID-19 symptoms.

URGENT PPE ADVICE

  • The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” community transmission risk category:
    • City of Brisbane
    • City of Ipswich
    • Logan City
    • Moreton Bay Region
    • Redland City
  • All other LGAs currently remain in the ‘low’ risk category.
  • Queensland Health facilities are required to comply with implementation of the Pandemic Response Guidance – Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery.
  • Under the guidance, facilities located within these LGAs must apply a moderate risk PPE escalation (see Table 1, page 3).
  • Moderate risk PPE escalation will also apply to Residential Aged Care facilities and Disability residential care facilities and Prison Health Services.
  • In addition to these specific settings, personnel who work in facilities in the affected areas who also work in other facilities outside the escalated LGAs should follow the requirement for escalated PPE.
  • 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 remember

  • if you have symptoms of COVID-19 YOU MUST get tested and stay at home until your test returns a negative result
  • to regularly wash your hands and disinfect your phone
  • to maintain physical distancing especially at work.

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