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COVID-19: GP Alert (30 July 2020)

July 30, 2020

Current COVID-19 situation in Queensland

Three (3) new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Queensland on Wednesday, 29 July.

  • Two 19-year-old women from the Acacia Ridge/Logan/Springfield Lakes area tested positive overnight and this morning after returning from Victoria, via Sydney, on 21 July (flight numbers VS863 and VA977).
  • The third reported case is a known close contact, a 22-year-old woman, who tested positive later on Wednesday.
  • They are currently inpatients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and will be placed in hotel quarantine upon discharge.
  • One case is a staff member from a private school in the area. The school is closed to allow for cleaning and contact tracing. A rapid testing clinic will be established at the school today.
  • Household contacts are now in self-quarantine.
  • The shopping centres, restaurants and church the women attended will be closed for 48 hours for cleaning and contact tracing. Given the cases have been active in the community for 8 days, the potential for spread is significant.
  • Officers from the Queensland Police Service are investigating the matter.
  • Aged care facilities in the Metro South region are now locked down. The facilities will not be accepting visitors, staff will be screened and won’t be permitted to work across facilities. Reminder: resources for aged care clinicians and residential aged care facilities are available on the COVID-19 resources for clinicians page (under aged care)

The Premier has announced that an additional three (3) cases have been confirmed in Queensland as of today, Thursday, 30 July - these cases are not related to the 3 cases mentioned above.

REMINDER– COVID-19 Testing guidance

Anyone with any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should be tested for COVID-19:

  • fever or history of fever
  • sore throat, rhinorrhoea
  • cough, shortness of breath
  • acute fatigue/myalgia/arthralgia
  • loss of smell, loss of taste
  • anyone who presents to a fever clinic/pop-up clinic requesting a test, where feasible, as this contributes to Queensland's current surveillance strategy
  • people in quarantine, in accordance with current quarantine protocols

Full guidance on testing is outlined in Public Health Alert no.15 released on 24 July.

GP-led Respiratory Clinics

GP-led respiratory clinics continue to be available across the Darling Downs and West Moreton region to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, unusual fatigue and/or loss of smell, loss of taste).

The respiratory clinics are staffed by GPs and will provide full assessment and management plans for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

WEST MORETON
  • Flinders Peak GP - Purga
  • Kambu - Booval
  • Health Matters Karalee - Karale

DARLING DOWNS

  • Carbal Medical Services - Toowoomba
  • James Neil Medical - Toowoomba
  • Condamine Medical Centre - Warwick

For full details, visit our COVID-19 webpage or your relevant HealthPathways portal:

West Moreton HealthPathways
Username: wmuser
Password: wmpassword

Darling Downs HealthPathways
Username: dduser
Password: ddpassword

West Moreton Health Drive-Through Clinic in Springfield

West Moreton Health has established a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic in Springfield which will be operating from 9:00am - 4:00pm today (Thursday, 30 July), continuing every day until Sunday afternoon.

The Public Health Unit is advising anyone who dined at, or attended, the Peak Thai restaurant at Orion Springfield Central shopping centre on Sunday evening (after 6.30pm), 26 July, to self-quarantine at home immediately and be tested for COVID-19.

The testing clinic is in the western carpark of Orion shopping centre (behind Target and accessible by Sirius Drive).

For safety reasons, parents of children under the age of five will be referred to one of West Moreton’s five other clinics run by West Moreton Health or GPs. See the list here:
https://www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

UPDATED – Sydney hotspots

Queensland’s Premier has declared greater Sydney a COVID hotspot. Thirty-four local government areas within the Sydney region will be declared designated hotspots from 1 am this Saturday.

It means people from Sydney, or anyone who visits there, will be refused entry to the Sunshine State - apart from Queenslanders, who will be required to complete 14 days hotel quarantine (at their own cost) when re-entering the state.

View the full list of hotspots here

Isolation advice

It is essential that people continue to appropriately isolate (see Commonwealth Department of Health website).

The current advice is:

  • if someone is a confirmed or probable case, they must isolate until they meet the appropriate criteria for release from isolation
  • if someone is a close contact of a confirmed or probable case, they are required to quarantine for 14 days following their last close contact with the case during the case’s infectious period
  • if someone is a returned international traveller, they are required to quarantine for 14 days following their return to Australia
  • if someone is symptomatic, they should isolate at home until their symptoms have resolved
  • if someone is tested for the virus, they need to isolate at home and avoid contact with other people until a result is received.

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