Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions Update

Queensland Health is continuing to respond to the declared public health emergency in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). The below Public Health Directions are for all of Queensland.

 

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTION

In the past 24 hours, the following three Public Health Directions were issued.

Aged Care Direction (No. 24)

Effective from 20 February 2021 

The purpose of this Direction is to protect those living in residential aged care facilities.

The Direction has been updated so that:

  • The previously listed 31 Greater Melbourne Local Government Areas of concern have been removed. You may now enter residential aged care facilities if you have been in one of these areas between 29 January 2021 and 6 February 2021 and meet all other visitor requirements.
    • You cannot enter a residential aged care facility if you have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter).

This Direction replaces the former Aged Care Direction (No. 23) made on 4 February 2021.

Hospital Visitors Direction (No. 18)

Effective from 20 February 2021 

The purpose of this Direction is to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting non-essential visits to hospitals.

The Direction has been updated so that:

  • The previously listed 31 Greater Melbourne Local Government Areas of concern have been removed. You may now enter a hospital if you have been in one of these areas between 29 January 2021 and 6 February 2021 and meet all other visitor requirements.
    • You cannot enter a hospital if you have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter).

This Direction replaces the former Hospital Visitors Direction (No. 17) made on 4 February 2021.

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Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No. 15)

Effective from 20 February 2021 

The purpose of this Direction is to protect those living in disability accommodation services.

The Direction has been updated so that:

  • The previously listed 31 Greater Melbourne Local Government Areas of concern have been removed. You may now enter a disability accommodation service if you have been in one of these areas between 29 January 2021 and 6 February 2021 and meet all other visitor requirements.
    • You cannot enter a disability accommodation service if you have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter).

This Direction replaces the former Disability Accommodation Service Direction (No. 14) made on 4 February 2021.

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Symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, must get tested.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting or nausea

Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.

To find your nearest testing clinic, please visit our website linked below, or contact your local hospital, or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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Important information about domestic and family violence services

Support services for people impacted by domestic and family violence continue to be available. If you are unwell or feel unsafe, you can leave your home to seek support.

Further information about support services is available at the Queensland Government website.

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Important information about domestic and family violence services

Support services for people impacted by domestic and family violence continue to be available. If you are unwell or feel unsafe, you can leave your home to seek support.

Further information about support services is available at the Queensland Government website.

 

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