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COVID-19: GP Alert (9 January 2021)

January 09, 2021

Escalation in PPE recommendations

The Queensland Government has advised that the greater Brisbane area has been classified as a COVID-19 "hotspot" and the Chief Health Officer has escalated PPE recommendations.

  • 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 should apply a moderate risk PPE escalation (see Table 1, page 3).
  • PPE guidance is additional to and does not replace the CHO directives that have been formally issued, for which compliance is mandatory. Meaning, universal mask wearing is mandatory whilst at work and outside your home (for those living or working in the Greater Brisbane Area).

Queensland Health have developed pandemic response guides for PPE in residential aged care facilities, disability services, community health services and in-home care settings, and healthcare delivery.