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COVID-19: GP Alert (2 June 2020)

June 02, 2020

Advice for Queenslanders about testing

The Queensland Clinical Senate continue to encourage Queenslanders with ANY symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 are to get tested for the virus. Fewer than 5,000 are being tested each day. Increased testing is vital as restrictions are lifted. Please encourage family, friends and patients to be tested if they have any symptoms of the virus.

UPDATE - Series of National Guidelines (SoNG)- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units

The CDNA SoNG has been updated and version 3.0 released 28 May. This version includes updates to the case definition, case management, Appendix B and inclusion of a new section (11- Outbreak investigation and management in high-risk settings).

Probable case
A person who has detection of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody1 AND has had a compatible clinical illness AND meets one or more of the epidemiological criteria outlined in the suspect case definition (see below).

Epidemiological criteria:
i. In the 14 days prior to illness onset:

  • Close contact 5,6 (refer to Contact definition below) with a confirmed or probable case
  • International or interstate travel
  • Passengers or crew who have travelled on a cruise ship
  • Healthcare, aged or residential care workers and staff with direct patient contact
  • People who have lived in or travelled through a geographically localised area with elevated risk of community transmission, as defined by public health authorities7

ii. Hospitalised patients, where no other clinical focus of infection or alternate explanation of the patient’s illness is evident.

Outbreak investigation and management in high-risk settings
This section focuses on the epidemiological investigation and response to an outbreak in a high-risk setting (i.e. a setting where there is potential for rapid transmission). Investigations in these settings differ as a wider range of contacts needs to be considered.

A high-risk setting is defined as a setting where there is evidence of a risk for rapid spread and ongoing chains of infection. These include but are not limited to:

  • Places where people reside in groups.
  • Workplace settings where previous outbreaks have shown large scale amplification.

View the updated CDNA Guidelines

Darling Downs Health Notification Form update

Darling Downs Health have updated their Notification Form for suspected cases of COVID-19. As COVID-19 remains a notifiable disease in Queensland, DDH ask that clinicians complete the notification form and fax it to the public health unit via 07 4699 8477. Visit our COVID-19 webpage and select 'Contacting your local Public Health Unit' from the left hand menu to access the form.

Safer Baby Bundle initiative to help women and healthcare workers recognise risk factors for Stillbirth during COVID-19

The Safer Baby Bundle initiative have produced an infographic for women, and a fact sheet to help women and GPs recognise risk factors for Stillbirth during COVID-19, and action that can help reduce these risks.

Visit the website
View the free e-learning resource that GPs and midwives can do online