Qld Health COVID-19 update - 30 July 2020
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Dear Colleagues

As you are no doubt aware, the Queensland Government is responding to a number of recent COVID-19 cases in South East Queensland, with the introduction of new restrictions on gatherings in private homes and public spaces over the weekend. 

The Government has also announced further restrictions in relation to residential aged care, disability accommodation and hospital facilities.  

There have been no new restrictions applicable to Universities, with small group seminars, tutorials, practicals, lab-based lessons and research (practical and laboratory work) remaining not subject to the one person per 4 m2 requirements. Social distancing should continue to be observed wherever possible. 

The University has a COVID-19 Safe Plan and is continuing with Stage 3 of our return to campus. We will monitor the situation closely and will write to all staff and students if there are any updates or changes to this approach.  

Queensland Health has issued a contract tracing alert for specific locations in South East Queensland associated with the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre cluster. Anyone who has been to the locations identified by Queensland Health at these times should monitor their health and, if they develop even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

You can find you nearest testing and fever clinics here.

Please note the swimming pool identified in the location list is not the pool on the Mount Gravatt campus. 

Queensland Health’s advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is: 

* Stay home if you are sick 
* If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested 
* Stay 1.5 metres away from other people - think two big steps 
* Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser 
* Leave a location if it is crowded.

Information for staff who are unwell or have potentially been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 is available on the Returning to Campus webpage.  

Some staff and students may be quite anxious about the situation and it is important that we demonstrate understanding, particularly for those who are vulnerable or those who live in areas with identified COVID-19 cases. If you have any concerns please speak with your supervisor or contact the People Support Team on 07 3735 4011.

Professor Carolyn Evans                                                          Professor David Grant
Vice Chancellor and President                                                     Pro Vice Chancellor (Business)




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