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13 March, 2020

Official Response from QLD Health.

By Phil Brandel

The first response from QLD health received on March 10.

Please attribute to Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer:

Queenslanders can feel confident that local health authorities are leaving no stone unturned in keeping them safe from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our experienced team of experts have responded well to health emergencies in the past, and we will do it again.

While working hard on containing the virus, the team has also been planning the next phases of our response to keep Queenslanders safe.

This includes daily meetings with all local hospital and health services to coordinate and prepare for a range of scenarios.

Our focus is on providing clear information to stakeholders and community groups, well-resourced health facilities, ensuring appropriate equipment is in place and availability of medication.

This work is being done in conjunction with our state, interstate and Federal counterparts.

Queenslanders can do their part by practicing good hygiene.

Washing your hands is the gold standard of health advice as far as coronavirus goes.

Washing your hands properly and often means that you can help prevent viruses from entering your body.

If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and feel unwell please call 13HEALTH, your GP or local hospital to arrange an assessment.

Calling ahead to the GP surgery or hospital to let them know your symptoms and travel history helps them prepare for your arrival.

Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH.
 

The second response from QLD health received on March 12.

Please attribute to a Queensland Health spokesperson:

Queensland Health has strategies in place to ensure we are well prepared for all COVID-19 scenarios and aligned with our interstate and federal counterparts.

The community can rest assured that all necessary work is going on to best prepare for local outbreaks of COVID-19.

Fever clinics are just one example of this. These clinics help clinicians separate suspected cases of COVID-19 from the general waiting room of the Emergency Departments.

Patients who are confirmed as having COVID-19 are managed by the Hospital and Health Services.

At this time, Queenslanders should not be alarmed about COVID-19, but be aware and informed.

Our experienced teams of clinicians and Public Health Specialists have responded well to health emergencies in the past and will do so again.

If you have been overseas in the past 14 days and feel unwell, please call 13HEALTH, your GP or local hospital to arrange an assessment.

Calling ahead to the GP clinic or hospital to let them know your symptoms and travel history helps them prepare for your arrival.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH.

Background:

The community can rest assured that all necessary work is going on to best prepare us for novel coronavirus, including across our rural facilities such as those on the Atherton Tablelands.


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