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COVID-19: GP Alert (17 November 2020)

November 17, 2020

NEW - Testing for people from Adelaide, Public Health Alert no.19 released

Queensland Health have released Public Health Alert no.19.

As per the Public Health Alert, the Chief Health Officer has asked that anyone who has arrived from Adelaide on or since Monday, 9 November 2020, immediately get tested, regardless of symptoms, as some may already be infected. These people are also being asked to voluntarily self-quarantine in their current accommodation until 14 days since they left Adelaide.


Adelaide has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot. Queensland borders will close to local government areas (LGAs) in the city of Adelaide from 11.59pm Monday, 16 November 2020 following the latest COVID-19 outbreak. People who travel into Queensland from Adelaide after this time must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.

This restriction will apply to anyone who has been in the city since Monday, 9 November 2020. Anyone currently in Queensland who’s been to Adelaide in the past seven days has been asked to immediately get tested and self-quarantine, even if they don't have symptoms.

NEW – SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development webinar

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance Australia (NCIRS) is hosting a webinar on the development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine on Monday 23 November from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm AEDT (NOTE: that is 6.00 pm in Queensland / AEST time). The webinar features Professor Kristine Macartney, Director NCIRS, Professor Andrew Pollard, University of Oxford and Dr Melanie Saville, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

For more information and to register to attend (via Zoom) click here.

NEW – COVID safe fact sheets for the festive season

COVID safe fact sheets are now available for residential aged care facilities, along with businesses, organisations and community groups to safely manage during the festive holiday season.

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