Jan

08

2021

Brisbane Lockdown Highlights Importance of Being COVID-Safe

Healthy North Coast is reminding local communities of the critical importance of continuing good COVID-19 hygiene and physical separation practices.

The advice follows the Queensland Government’s decision today to impose a three-day lockdown on the greater Brisbane area (Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan), to stop the spread of a highly infectious strain of COVID-19 known as B117.

The lockdown comes into effect at 6pm tonight after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane yesterday tested positive to the United Kingdom variant strain of the virus.

It is likely many people may be returning to NSW from Brisbane today to beat the deadline, increasing the potential risk to NSW communities.

Visitors and residents should make sure they are following the advice from authorities to ensure they are protecting themselves and those around them.

Health care professionals should continue to focus on:

  • infection prevention and control
  • patient triage when making appointments (ensure you are asking about recent travel to known hotspots)
  • offering telehealth where indicated
  • promoting testing for any mild symptoms

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said anyone who visited the greater Brisbane area since 2 January, but is now elsewhere, should also self-isolate for three days.

Visit the Queensland Government website for comprehensive information, including FAQs, relating to the 3-day lockdown: click here