December 20, 2020 Border Restriction Changes
From 1am AEST Monday 21 December 2020, 35 New South Wales Local Government Areas (LGAs) comprising greater Sydney are considered COVID-19 hotspots.
Queensland Border Restrictions Direction 20, commences at 1am, 20 December 2020, in response to the New South Wales COVID-19 cluster. This includes information about about border closures, new border pass requirements, home quarantine and testing requirements for people who have visited Queensland since 11 December from Greater Sydney or the Central Coast and returning home requirements for Queenslanders who have been interstate. Find out more
December 19, 2020
Queensland Health Public Health Alert: The Glen Hotel – renewed call for patrons
Queensland Health is urging anyone who was at The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains on Wednesday 16 December between 11:00am and 2:30pm who has not yet been contacted by public health officials to contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately. Read the full alert
COVID-19: Current Contact Tracing Alert
Contact tracing is underway at several locations in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and passengers on flight VA925 from Sydney to Brisbane on December 16. Anyone who has been to the following locations at these times should monitor their health and, if they develop even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. Click here to find out more.
Hospital, disability and aged care accommodation restrictions
Recent restrictions have been introduced for staff, visitors and volunteers, visiting hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation services. This includes:
Traces of COVID-19 in Gold Coast sewerage
Traces of COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected in sewerage going into the Elanora treatment plants. The samples were taken on 14 December 2020. These surveillance tests are extremely sensitive and can pick up tiny bits of the genetic material of the pandemic coronavirus. As cases of COVID-19 can excrete bits of the virus in faeces for several weeks after they have been cleared of the disease, the results do not necessarily mean there are infectious cases in the Gold Coast region. But detections should serve as an alert and warning to the community to be vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea or loss of smell or taste.
Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
There are concerns that the rates of suicide may increase because of COVID-19 and every suicide has a significant impact on families, communities and the healthcare workers involved. Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has commissioned Wesley Mission Queensland to provide a co-designed non-cli...
Queensland Health is undertaking an expression of interest (EOI) for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine by vaccine service providers across Queensland. The EOI will assist Queensland Health in understanding the interest and capacity in the primary care sector. You can download the Request fo...
The Christmas season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a time of disappointment, stress, anxiety, or loneliness. Christmas can come with high expectations of perfect, happy families enjoying luxurious celebrations and gifts, but not all of us are able to live up to these id...
On 2 December 2020 the Government introduced the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Bill 2020 into Parliament. Successful passage of the Bill will enable the SIRS in residential aged care and flexible care delivered in a residential aged care sett...