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Queensland Health provides aged care update regarding lockdown extension

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The Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young have advised that the South-East Queensland lockdown has been extended until 4pm Sunday, August 8.

This means that visitors are restricted to residential aged care facilities within the affected LGAs.

These restrictions include:

For visitors

  • No personal visitors – including care and support visitors – are allowed to enter
  • Only people providing an essential purpose will be allowed to enter
  • End of life visits will still be allowed
  • Anyone entering a facility must wear a single use surgical face mask.

For residents

  • May only leave the facility to receive health care, attend a funeral or for an emergency or compassionate reason.

For residential aged care facilities located in all other non-restricted LGAs, visitors, staff or volunteers at a residential aged care facility should not be anyone who:

  • is unwell
  • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • has had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • has visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • has visited an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days unless an exemption has been granted for an end of life visit
  • has been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter), unless you fit into one of the categories of people who are allowed to enter a facility with a negative COVID-19 test
  • has been tested for COVID-19 and is waiting for the result (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • has COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

For full details read the Residential Aged Care Direction (No.3) and stay up to date with advice on the Qld Health website.

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