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Latest News: Novel Conronavirus (2019-nCoV) - 31 January 2020

January 30, 2020

Please continue to be alert for patients who have travelled to mainland China or Hong Kong in the past fortnight exhibiting respiratory symptoms.

Information circulated in the Public Health Alert earlier this week remains current. Please click on the link below to view.

click here to view the full public health alert

Surgical masks available for general practices

The Department of Health is making available a limited supply of surgical masks for general practice staff and people who may have had contact with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). For general practices located in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region, these masks will be distributed via our PHN.

Before requesting masks for your practice, we ask you to consider:

> Is there a local supply available commercially?
> Does your practice have a population which is more likely to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus?
> Does your practice have an unusual number of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

If you have an identified need for surgical masks at your practice, please contact our Primary Care Liaison team via email or contact 07 3202 4433.
Please include the quantity of masks that you would like to receive for consideration.

Please read the full Public Health Alert at the top of this email for complete advice around personal protection procedure for patients who meet the criteria for suspected cases of novel coronavirus.

Webinars with your local Public Health Units

The PHN has arranged for the Darling Downs Health and West Moreton Health Public Health Units to deliver an important update online about the Novel Coronavirus.

> For the Darling Downs, the webinar will be hosted Friday, 31 January. You can view the webinar below.
> For West Moreton, the webinar will be hosted Monday, 3 February.

You should have received a separate email with information about these webinars. If you did not receive this information, please contact

Webinar with Dr Penny Hutchinson from Darling Downs Health Public Health Unit (Friday, 31 February 2020)

Access to further information for health professionals

> Queensland Health has launched a web page with information for both healthcare workers and the public.
> The latest information form the Department of Health is available here.
> Information for travellers arriving from China - in both English and simplified Chinese is available to download here.
> RACGP information on coronavirus can be found here.

Queensland Health has developed an asset library of resources for health professionals that includes key messages to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Download a poster (504KB - PDF) for your practice or the FAQs document (549KB - DOCX). Or access the full Queensland Health asset library here.

Contacting your local Public Health Unit

Please discuss any cases of concern with your local Public Health Unit immediately so that appropriate actions and testing can be organised.

> Darling Downs P: 07 4699 8240 (business hours) P: 07 3646 1699 (after hours)
> West Moreton P: 07 3818 4700 (business hours) P: 07 3176 2111 (after hours, ask for public health)