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  • Latest COVID update from Queensland Health

    Death of former PNG Governor, THANZ statement on VIPIT, CHO Direction for quarantine workers, Positive wastewater results, Anaphylaxis/adrenaline dosage cards, Guidance from National COVID-19 taskforce

    Current COVID-19 situation in Queensland

    Case data

    In the past 24 hours in Queensland:

    • 0 new locally acquired cases
    • 6 new overseas acquired cases, detected in hotel quarantine
    • 73 active cases
    • 1,497 total cases
    • To date, there have been 6 deaths
    • 8,352 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

    Vaccination data

    • 5,396 vaccine doses administered in the past 24 hours
    • 94,762 total doses administered

    More Queensland data

    National data

    Death of former PNG Governor from COVID-19 complications

    A former Papua New Guinea (PNG) Governor has passed away in a Queensland hospital from complications due to COVID-19. The 77-year-old male died on Monday, 5 April 2021.

    He was a dual PNG / UK national who was transported by Medivac from PNG to Queensland on 28 March, as his condition was worsening. Since that day, he has been in ICU at Redcliffe hospital and died on Monday.

    The death is not counted in Queensland statistics, as he was diagnosed in PNG. 

    THANZ statement on VIPIT (thromobosis post-vaccination)

    The Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand statement on suspected vaccine induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) is available here. This statement provides information about this condition which we believe is the process leading to thromobosis and thrombocytopaenia post-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination, as well as an algorithm for investigation and treatment. Updates, as required, are made available weekly.

    CHO Direction for quarantine workers

    From Tuesday, 06 April 2021, the Requirements for Quarantine Facility Workers Direction came into effect. This Direction replaces the COVID-19 Testing for Quarantine Facility Workers Direction.
     
    The updated Direction makes the following changes:

    • for vaccinated workers, require saliva surveillance testing each shift plus a weekly throat/nasal swab if away from work, until 14 days have passed.  
    • for unvaccinated workers, continue to have saliva testing each shift plus a weekly throat/nasal swab.  A weekly throat/nasal swab is also required while the worker is away from work, until 14 days have passed.
    • mandate that a surgical mask must be worn in a designated zone of the hotel. This takes effect immediately on commencement. A person who fails to wear a mask and who enters a designated zone may be subject to a fine of $200.
    • defines a designated zone as a floor where a quarantined person is or has stayed, a corridor adjacent to their room or a lift, stairwell or other area that provides access to the floor.
    • defines maintenance and repairs contractors. These contractors do not have to undertake routine surveillance testing if an emergency officer directs them not to. They must present to a Queensland Health employee at the hotel before entering a designated zone of the hotel and follow all mask wearing and infection control instructions. 

    Further information about this Direction and Protocol, including questions and answers please visit the Queensland Health website.

    Positive wastewater results 

    Fragments of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected at the Capalaba, Maroochydore and Maryborough wastewater treatment plants. Anyone in these suburbs with symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested. 

    For information about which suburbs are included this catchment, visit the Queensland Health wastewater areas webpage.

    For information about Queensland’s wastewater surveillance program, visit the Queensland Health website.

    Anaphylaxis/adrenaline dosage cards

    Clinical Excellence Queensland is arranging a small print run of the anaphylaxis/adrenaline dosage cards, which are designed to attach to a lanyard or retractable badge holder. To order, please email FrontlineCOVIDadvice@health.qld.gov.au with the number required and the relevant postage address. Please note, supply is limited.

    Latest guidance from National COVID-19 Taskforce

    Updates from the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce include:

    Key links - Queensland

    Key links - interstate national

    Please remember:

    • if you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 please get tested and stay at home until your test returns a negative result.
    • to regularly wash your hands and disinfect your phone
    • to maintain physical distancing especially at work.

    Please forward these emails to ALL staff within your team and encourage them to subscribe by following this link. Please also continue to send through any general questions you are unable to source answers for locally and we will endeavour to answer them as quickly as possible. For HHS-specific or urgent advice please contact your line manager or Hospital Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC).

    Further information

    For further information for clinicians, please visit our novel coronavirus (COVID-19) website

    Your feedback and questions are welcome and we’ll work with the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre (SHECC) to provide definitive answers and advice.