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COVID-19: GP Alert (23 August 2020)

August 23, 2020

Epidemiology as at 9pm 22 August 2020

There were 9 new COVID-19 cases in Queensland in the last 24 hours: 4 in Metro South HHS, 2 in West Moreton HHS and 3 from cargo ships. This brings the total number of active cases to 15.

The suburbs of Bundamba, Marsden, Carindale, North Ipswich and Forest Lake in the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas have cases linked to this cluster. Ongoing testing of staff and youth is underway to determine the extent of the cluster. Contact tracing of hospital staff and other patients who may have been exposed has also commenced.

UPDATED - PPE Escalation Healthcare Facilities Appendix

The PPE escalation Healthcare Facilities Appendix was recently updated. Page 3, Table 1 provides the current recommendations. Please note that for general practice and routine care, the current risk estimate is ‘low’. Accordingly, the recommendation for the routine care of non-COVID-19 patients is ‘standard precautions +/- transmission-based precautions if indicated for another reason.’

Appendix 6 - PPE escalation Healthcare Facilities

NEW – Additional restrictions for Queensland announced

As a result of this growing cluster, facilities in Greater Brisbane including the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim Region, Somerset Region, Lockyer Valley Region, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands City will take additional measures:

For the remaining LGAs in Queensland, public gatherings and gatherings in homes will be restricted to 30 people.

From 1:00am Thursday. 20 August there have been changes to the border restrictions in line with the Border Restrictions Direction (No.12). View the overview of the changes including those impacting essential healthcare.

Contact tracing information

Please be aware of the recent locations that COVID-19 positive patients have been to from the Health Alerts on Queensland health website. You may want to consider adding this to your triage questions at reception.

Access contact tracing health alerts here

Reminder for your patients and staff

  • If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 please get tested and stay at home until your test returns a negative result.
  • Regularly wash your hands and disinfect your phone.
  • Maintain physical distancing.

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affecting Health Care practitioners in the Darling Downs and West Moreton Regions: