UPDATE 26 February 2020 - Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
February 26, 2020
COVID-19 testing extended to include Iran, Italy and South Korea
Iran, Italy and South Korea have now been added as countries to be considered for a 'person under investigation' for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
It is recommended that clinicians should consider also testing people with a clinically compatible illness who travelled to any of the following countries in the 14 days before onset of symptoms:
- Hong Kong
- Iran - recently added
- Italy - recently added
- South Korea - recently added
Please read the Queensland Health COVID-19 Public Health Alert for more information.
N95 masks now available for GPs undertaking specimen collection
In response to the 2019 COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Health has now supplied Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN with a small allocation of N95 masks. These masks are for use by GPs who are specifically willing and able to undertake specimen collection in their practice for patients with severe symptoms of pneumonia as per the Department of Health advice. Please also review Queensland Health's advise around N95 mask fit checking and the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Before advising you are willing and able to undertake specimen collection it is important to consider:
- the physical layout of your practice and whether it is suitable for isolation of patients presenting as a suspect case (including any post testing requirements);
- whether you have access to all the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), not just masks;
- your confidence in infection control procedures across your whole practice.
Please note there are several pathology collection centres across the Darling Downs and West Moreton region who can collect specimens for testing.
If you are willing and able to collect specimens and require N95 masks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your practice details including the number of GPs who will be collecting specimens.
Due to limited supply, only small quantities will be available.
Surgical Masks Reminder
A limited supply of surgical masks are still available for general practice staff and people who may have had contact with the COVID-19. For practices requiring additional surgical masks, please email email@example.com.
To assist with mask allocation, please tell us how many staff work at your practice.
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)