Brisbane hospital goes into lockdown

By | March 12, 2021

A Brisbane hospital has gone into lockdown after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, with people asked to avoid the emergency department.

Queensland Health said it was in process of contact tracing the case at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba, which has been “placed into lockdown effective immediately”.

A staff member, believed to be a doctor, tested positive today after coming into contact with infected patients in the early hours of March 10.

All non-essential visits to the hospital are now banned and anyone who does attend will be required to wear masks at all times. Non-urgent outpatient bookings and elective surgery will be postponed, according to officials.

Tests indicate a low level of the virus, which means the staff member may have only been infectious in the community for around one day on March 11, Queensland Health reported.

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All patients, staff and families the person interacted with are being identified and appropriate actions are being taken, according to Queensland Health, with the hospital “actively working to ensure the safety of staff and patients”.

“If there is a risk to the public from the hospital or any other location this person has visited, we will issue a public health alert,” said the press release.

While the hospital’s emergency department will remain open, patients were advised to visit nearby hospitals or a GP where possible.

Further details will be provided tomorrow morning. Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

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