COVID-19 Update: Personal Protective Equipment advice from Queensland Health

Queensland Health is providing further advice on escalated use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), given the recent community COVID-19 cases and community transmission in the South-East Corner of Queensland. These precautions are intended to limit the further spread of this variant in
the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community.

As of 1:00 am on 29 June 2021, the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” risk category.

  • Sunshine Coast Region
  • Noosa Shire
  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Gold Coast City
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region

All other LGAs remain in the ‘low’ risk category.

All health and care settings are to escalate use of PPE to “moderate” risk category in the above LGAs from 1:00 pm hours on 28 June 2021, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community health care settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings)
  • Queensland Health Vaccination Clinics

In addition to these specific settings, clinicians and non-clinical personnel who live or work in the affected areas who also work in other facilities or areas outside the escalated LGAs should follow the requirement for escalated PPE. Please note that this PPE guidance is additional to and does not replace the CHO directives that have been formally issued, and for which compliance is mandatory.

The PPE escalation will remain in place until notification that it has been rescinded by the Chief Health Officer. PPE escalation guidance documents are outlined below:

Pandemic response guide – PPE in Aged Care and Disability settings

Pandemic response guide – Community health services and home care

PPE escalation in healthcare facilities

This guidance sets out which PPE should be used in three categories of community risk – low, moderate and high.

Please check the Queensland Health PPE website for the most current PPE guidance, accessible here.