A staff member at Brisbane’s PA Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the hospital into lockdown.
It’s understood the worker is a doctor that had contact with COVID-19 positive patients in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to Queensland Health, the worker was infectious in the community on Thursday.
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Contact tracing is now underway with officials set to provide details on public exposure sites on Saturday.
“All patients, staff and families this person interacted with are being identified and appropriate actions are being taken,” Queensland Health said in a statement.
“The hospital is actively working to ensure the safety of staff and patients on campus while contact tracing is undertaken.”
All non-essential visits to patients at PA Hospital have been banned for the time being.
The Emergency Department remains open but people are urged to attend a GP or nearby hospital if possible.
Elective surgery and non-urgent outpatient bookings are also being postponed.