Brisbane hospital in lockdown after doctor tests positive for COVID-19

Venues in Brisbane’s south, including a gym, have been listed as high-risk exposure sites that were visited by a doctor from Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital while infectious with COVID-19.

The Morning After cafe in West End, the Corporate Box gym in Greenslopes, the Stones Corner Hotel and aged-care facilities in Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands and Moreton Bay have been listed as exposure sites, while McDonald’s in Coorparoo was listed as a low-risk site at a press conference on Saturday morning.

All staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital must now wear a mask.Credit:Bradley Kanaris

“All patients, staff and families this person interacted with are being identified and appropriate actions are being taken.

“The hospital is actively working to ensure the safety of staff and patients on campus while contact tracing is undertaken.

“Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.

“The [Princess Alexandra] emergency department will remain open, but if you’re able to receive care at a nearby hospital or at a GP, please do so.

“Staff will wear masks at all times. Patients will be required to wear masks at all times unless it is not clinically appropriate. Non-urgent outpatient bookings and elective surgery will be postponed.”

An email sent to all Brisbane Metro South health staff said the infected person was a “medical officer”.

“From Friday evening, March 12, Princess Alexandra Hospital will be in lockdown which will impact patient visitation and other precautions for staff and patients until further advice,” the email said.

“We all need to do our part to ensure the safety of our staff and patients in the hospital while contact tracing is undertaken.

“Effective immediately, the [PA Hospital] is classified as moderate risk which requires flat surgical masks to be worn by all staff, patients and visitors with exception when interacting within 1.5 metres of others.”

“Please talk with your patients so that they can contact their family members to prevent visitors attending the campus who we cannot accommodate at this time.”

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