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3-day lockdown commences for South-East Queensland and Townsville region

A snap 3-day lockdown has come into effect for South-East Queensland and Townsville region from 6:00pm Tuesday 29 June until Friday 2 July 2021.

During this time, we wish to advise we are an essential service that will remain open for the duration of the 3-day lockdown. As such, all day therapy programs are running as per the scheduled timetable

People must work from home unless classified as an essential worker. Hospital staff are classified as essential workers.

The only other reasons to leave the home are:

  • To shop for essential items such as groceries or medicines
  • Attend to medical or healthcare needs including emergencies, compassionate requirements, and looking after the vulnerable
  • To get vaccinated
  • To exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household, and limited to one hour per day, within a 5km radius from home.
  • Staff that have been requested to isolate for 14 days or until they get a negative result by QLD public health cannot work.

Other restrictions:

  • No hospital visitors, *Exemptions apply for parents/guardians of children under the age of 18, and carers of patients with disabilities. Exemptions will be approved by the facility CEO on a case by case basis
  • Mandatory face masks for all patients (outside their rooms), staff, VMO’s, essential visitors in our hospital.
  • Day leave only for essential reasons (e.g. medical / dental appointment) and must wear a mask
  • Temperature screening and attestation statements continue at our hospital
  • Patients subject to pre-screening, temperature and attestations statements
  • 1 person per 4sq metre rule

MODERATE RISK LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (LGAs) As of 01:00 hours (1:00am) on 29 June 2021, the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” risk category.

  • South East Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast Region
  • Noosa Shire
  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Gold Coast City
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Hospitals
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community health care settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings)
  • Queensland Health Vaccination Clinics

All other LGAs, remain in the ‘low’ risk category. All South East Queensland health and care settings are to escalate use of PPE to “moderate” risk category from 1300 hours (1:00pm) 28 June 2021, including

The following QLD Health COVID-19 restrictions remain unchanged.

Unless you are a patient at our hospital, you cannot visit if you:

· have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine

· have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)

· have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

· have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)

· have visited an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days

· have been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter), unless you fit into one of the categories of people who are allowed to enter a facility with a negative COVID-19 test

· have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)

· have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Get tested
If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

COVID-19 updates
We will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and follow guidance issued by QLD Health and amend any measures as necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support to keep our community safe.