Brisbane COVID-19 Cluster Response
In response to the evolving COVID-19 cluster in Brisbane, all Queenslanders must wear a face mask in indoor spaces (outside of their home).
The requirements for our practice for the next two days:
- It is mandatory for chiropractors and other clinic staff to wear a surgical mask while working in indoor spaces
- Patients must wear a face mask (surgical or reusable cloth) inside your practice
This restriction will be reviewed on Wednesday 31 March 2021.
Masks for all of Queensland:
- You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
- You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets. You don’t need to wear a face mask in a private vehicle.
- It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.
- Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.
- You can remove your masks to consume food or drink.
These requirements are currently until 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021.
Latest Government Advice
The recommendations on escalation of PPE are based on current COVID-19 information and applies to community health services and in-home care settings where people at increased risk of severe illness or adverse outcomes are present.
This Guidance should be read in conjunction with the Health System COVID-19 Response Plan and other advice provided by Queensland Health as part of the COVID-19 response.
The Australian Government Department of Health defines those at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 to include people who:
- are aged 70 years of age or over
- have had an organ transplant and are on immune suppressive therapy
- have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months
- are on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
- have blood cancer e.g. leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome (diagnosed within the last 5 years)
- are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- identify as First Nations.
The World Health Organisation recognises that people with disability may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing more severe symptoms due to:
- the potential exacerbation of existing health conditions, such as those related to respiratory function, immune system function, heart disease or diabetes, and
- barriers to accessing health care.
Emerging evidence suggests a higher COVID-19 mortality rate for people with intellectual and developmental disability.
This guidance about escalation of PPE use in community services is based on assessment of risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
The escalation of PPE aims to minimise the risk for acquisition of COVID-19 infection by community and personal support workers, people at increased risk of severe illness, visitors and other household members. In addition to Pandemic Response Guidance: Personal protective equipment in community health services and in-home care settings.
In addition to infected clients, workers are at risk for acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 from co-workers and the community with COVID19 infection. This guidance aligns with and is to be read in conjunction with all the Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions.