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UPDATE 3 March 2020 - Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

March 03, 2020

COVID-19 testing extended to include anyone who has been overseas in the past 14 days, regardless of the country that person has travelled to

Please continue to check daily the Queensland Health webpage for clinicians for the most up to date advice.

Anyone who has been overseas in the past 14 days should now be considered for a 'person under investigation' if they have a clinically compatible illness for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Please note the changes for high risk countries and healthcare workers:
On 29 February 2020, the Australian Government, informed by advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the Australian Border Force, extended existing travel restrictions to include Iran. All travel restrictions will be reviewed again before 6 March 2020. Read the statement from the AHPPC.

The Australian Government considers the following countries to be at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Mainland China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea.

If you are returning from these countries, you need to monitor your health for the next 14 days.

If you are returning from mainland China or Iran you should self-isolate for 14 days.

If you are returning from Italy or South Korea, and you work as a healthcare worker or as a residential aged care worker, you should not attend your regular work for 14 days.

This advice should be read in conjunction with the ‘What you need to know’ and ‘Isolation guidance’ information sheets.

Self-quarantine advice:
Self-quarantine applies for people who have been to China or Iran or have been in contact with a confirmed case.

Reminder: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webinar with Darling Downs Health Public Health Unit

The Darling Downs Public Health Unit would like you to attend an important webinar update with Dr Penny Hutchinson, Public Health Physician about the (COVID-19).

DATE: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
TIME: 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Please note that the number of participants that can attend via video conference on a computer, tablet or smartphone are unfortunately limited. As such, could you please ensure that only 1 computer, tablet or smartphone is utilised within your practice.

To join the meeting using your computer, tablet or smartphone please use the following link:

You can also dial in using your phone.

  • Australia (Toll Free): 1 800 191 358
  • Australia: +61 2 9091 7603
  • Access Code: 826-789-509

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: or
Meeting ID: 826 789 509
Or dial directly: 826789509@ or

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)

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