Last updated 4:32pm 25 March 2020
Queensland border closure
- Queensland will shut its borders effective midnight tonight (25 March)
- Measures include:
- Border road closures and police checks on vehicles on major highways
- Advice to aircraft passengers at departure point that travellers to Queensland will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
- Travellers arriving at Queensland airports to be met by police and other officers
- Termination of rail services
- Exemptions include:
- Emergency vehicles and workers
- Those traveling to and from work
- Medical treatment
Key generic steps – the health unit responsible will consult to calibrate the actual response:
- If any person is suspected of being infected by COVID-19, they should be isolated, a General Practitioner contacted to arrange an urgent preliminary test and the local Centre for Disease Control (CDC) contacted. The CDC will work with management to help coordinate and facilitate the response
- In consultation with the local CDC, contact between the patient and others will be traced and contacts classified as close or casual. Close contacts of a confirmed case of OVID-19 should also be isolated and tested.
- Depending on risk assessment following contact tracing, the CDC will make recommendations on next steps
- Isolation and disinfection of areas within which the confirmed case of COVID-19 is required. Both detergent and disinfectant must be consistent with requirements of the CDC.
More specific information can be sourced at the following links. The local Centre for Disease Control can also be contacted to help establish a site specific response plan.
- Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 080
- National Guidelines
- COVID-19 resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers (resource on management of suspected and confirmed cases, cleaning and disinfection): https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources and https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-COVID-19-resources-for-health-professionals-including-pathology-providers-and-healthcare-managers
- Queensland department of health hotline: 13 432 584
- Contact details: Queensland Centres for Disease Control (CDCs)
Note: PPE should be ready and available at each site to mitigate the risk of transmission where a worker is suspected of infection with COVID-19 and during the disinfection of facilities before return to work.