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Alpha MPHS status

Thursday 13 January 2022

News_Alpha MPHS Status

The following statement may be attributed to Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Mr Anthony West.

Alpha Multipurpose Health Service is in temporary lockdown after staff were exposed to an unwell COVID-positive community member who presented for care late yesterday.

This case was not related to the first case of COVID in Alpha recorded during the first week of January.

The COVID-positive person was transferred by Queensland Ambulance Service to Emerald Hospital for further care. No further details can be provided due to confidentiality.

However, 23 Alpha MPHS staff members had to go into quarantine as a precaution following the incident and the facility was placed in lockdown.

Replacement staff from other facilities were rushed to Alpha late yesterday to undertake a deep clean of the facility and to care for five residents in the aged care section.

All five residents are well and being managed as normal but will be in quarantine for a week.

All quarantining staff and aged care residents will be tested according to current protocols before coming out of quarantine in a week’s time.

Central West Health is in contact with all staff and aged care resident families and providing support and information to them as required.

Once the facility is deep cleaned, we hope to have the Alpha MPHS back in operation as soon as possible.

Temporary staff will then continue to staff the MPHS until such time as the permanent staff are cleared to return to work.

While Alpha is in lockdown, local residents are being directed to seek emergency care if required through the 000 system.

Alpha residents who have GP or other consultations scheduled at the MPHS over the next week are being contacted to have their appointments rescheduled.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 14 January 2022