NIHRACS COVID-19 Update (23 January 2023)

NIHRACS has adopted the Queensland Health traffic light system of COVID-19 advice. The traffic light level – red, amber, or green – is based on the current level of risk in the community.

Due to the lower rates of reported COVID-19 cases in the community and low hospitalisation rates NIHRACS has decided to follow the Metro North HHS and Queensland Health guidance and shift from Amber to Green. This may change if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases.

What does this mean?

  • Mask wearing is no longer required in low-risk settings of NIHRACS for staff or patients. The exception will be anyone with (A cold or Flu-like symptoms) such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat.
  • This includes the GP Clinic, the General Ward, Pathology, Radiology, Physio, Social Work, Administrative areas.
  • The Aged Care Facility (Daa Randa) visitors will be asked if they have any COVID-19 symptoms before entry and if they do will be required to do a RAT testing prior to entry. If visitors are symptom-free they will no longer be required to do a RAT test but will still need to wear a surgical mask as will staff of the Aged Care Facility.
  • If you are planning to come to the hospital please call ahead on 22091 or 24134 if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and advise our staff. If you have a positive home RAT test please contact NIHRACS on these numbers.
  • As the dental services require close contact all patients will continue to have a RAT test at the door. This is in line with best dental practice in Australia.
  • NIHRACS staff, patients and visitors are always welcome to wear a mask in the facility if they prefer and masks will be available.
  • Hand hygiene is still very important part of infection control

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