Gold Coast Health has provided the followin update as of 3 Feb 2020 to help keep you up to date with the latest information regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
Update on the current situation:
- Two patients, who have tested positive to novel coronavirus, are in a stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.
- More than 200 people have been tested in Queensland, with no further positive results.
Public Health Information:
- Everyone should continue their normal daily routines, except for the small portion of the community recently returned or arriving from mainland China (including Hong Kong). These people should self-isolate for 14 days from the date they left China. Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting any visitors.
- Face masks – only people who have returned from mainland China (including Hong Kong) and are well should consider wearing a face mask. A mask is not necessary for anyone else who does not have symptoms.
- Testing – it is important to understand that testing is of no benefit for people without symptoms. Anyone who has been to China or Hong Kong (or been in contact with someone who has been there) within the past 14 days and is showing symptoms should immediately get assessed whether they need to be tested for novel coronavirus.
- Contact is defined as anyone who has had more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact or more than two hours contact in an enclosed space.
- Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to frequently wash your hands. Where possible, stay one metre away from people coughing or sneezing.
- People with outpatient or specialist appointments should attend these as an important part of their healthcare. Gold Coast Health has a high level of infection control to ensure our facilities are a safe place for patients, staff and visitors.
- Further information can be obtained by calling 13HEALTH.
Support for the Chinese community on the Gold Coast:
We appreciate there may be people in our local Chinese community who are feeling stressed at the present time. If you are experiencing any mental health concerns please contact your GP as soon as possible for support and advice.
- If you are unable to get to a GP, call 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 2255) for specialist mental health care and support over the phone
- The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and the team will advise and direct you to the appropriate support you may need
- The service is free of charge and confidential
- An phone interpreter will be provided if required free of charge
For the latest information on coronavirus, please visit the Queensland Health website: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/…/diseas…/diseases/coronavirus