Today the state government has announced a 40km buffer zone for cross border communities between Victoria and South Australia that will be in place from midnight on Thursday. We will clarify what this means for patients from this area coming to our services for treatment and we will provide you with further information in my bulletin on Thursday.
Travel to Brisbane
As you may be aware, last week a cluster was identified in the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas. There is a concern that there may have been community transmission as far back as July 2020.
If you have travelled within the Greater Brisbane or Ipswich areas we are asking you to:
- Monitor yourself closely for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any symptoms, no matter how mild. Symptoms include any of the following; chills/fevers, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, vomiting or diarrhoea, sudden loss of taste or smell, headache or fatigue.
- Not visit or attend work in any aged care or disability care service until 14 days have passed since travel back into SA and a COVID-19 test is negative.
- Not visit vulnerable people such as the elderly or those with chronic health problems.
In addition, if you have visited any of the venues listed by Queensland Health during the times and dates listed, please self-isolate for 14 days from the date you attended the venue.
If you work with vulnerable or high-risk patients and have recently returned from the Greater Brisbane or Ipswich areas, please speak with your manager about returning to work. It is recommended that you find alternative duties for at least 14 days post return.
While there are currently no travel restrictions to Queensland, I would strongly recommend that if anyone has any trips planned in the coming weeks, particularly to Brisbane and Ipswich, to reconsider your need to travel. If the situation escalates there may be a requirement to self-isolate upon your return.
As part of my COVID-19 bulletins, I have been regularly including the number of days PPE supply. I would welcome your feedback as to whether it is useful to include this.
As of today we currently have 19.8 days of L2 masks, 30.7 days of surgical L3 masks, 13.4 days of surgical L2 masks and 20.5 days of surgical gowns available on site.
There is also a significant amount of stock on hand within the distribution centre and we have an additional 7-day supply of PPE in a secure location that can be accessed on request of the IMT should we see a sudden increase in demand.
Today I am pleased to advise that there are no new cases in South Australia.
Victoria has recorded 148 new cases – an increase from yesterday’s total of 116 cases – but it is still a good decrease from previous weeks. Sadly, today Victoria has recorded another eight deaths.
New South Wales has reported three new cases as of 8pm yesterday, Queensland and Western Australia have recorded one new case each.
From Saturday to Monday the RAH Clinic has tested 173 people – down from previous week.
As I have said above it is very important that we remember to maintain physical distancing to ensure that we keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.
And as I always say...‘If not us...then who’.
Chief Executive Officer
Central Adelaide Local Health Network