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Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) has collated the latest information and resources to assist the community in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Coronavirus is an evolving worldwide pandemic. These pages will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus restrictions for Queenslanders on the Queensland Government website

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 everyone should:

  • stay at home unless you are an essential worker, you need to shop for groceries, you are exercising, or you need to leave home for medical or compassionate reasons. In particular, anyone over 70 years of age (or over 60 if they have a long-term illness, or over 50 if they are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background) should stay at home as these age groups are most likely to suffer from serious complications. Visitors to residential aged care facilities are also limited for this reason.
  • practice good hygiene measures:
    • make sure you clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
    • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
    • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
    • clean and disinfect your home or business to help to prevent the virus from spreading from contaminated surfaces.
  • practice social distancing – you should stay at least (1.5m) away from other people at all times, and be with no more than 1 other person outside of your household in any indoor and outdoor space. Avoid physical greetings of any kind such as hugs or handshakes.

There is a lot of confusion about what self-isolation specifically means, and the implications it might have for other members of your household. The Public Health Incident Management team at Queensland Health have created a factsheet to answer all those tricky questions. For more information, check out the Department of Health website.

If you have been identified as a contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in Australia, the local public health unit will contact you with advice. You need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person, and to monitor your health and report any symptoms.

Person to person spread of coronaviruses generally occurs between people who are close contacts with one another. A close contact is typically someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, with a person that was infectious. The public health unit will keep in touch with people who are close contacts of patients with COVID-19 infection. If any symptoms develop, contacts must call the public health unit to report those symptoms.

If your contact with the person was less than this, there is a much smaller risk of you being infected. However, as a precaution you must still monitor your health until 14 days after you were last exposed to the infectious person. If you develop symptoms including a fever and/or respiratory signs, please call ahead to talk to a doctor or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222. Tell your doctor that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. The doctor may tell you to attend your nearest emergency department – if so when you arrive, immediately tell staff you have had contact with someone with COVID-19.

14 October 2020

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