‘New mask requirement’ issued for Gold Coast hospital staff

Changes have come into place at the Gold Coast hospitals this morning, following an overnight directive for some staff to begin wearing masks.

Due to the current outbreak in the Brisbane and Logan areas, staff at both the Robina and Gold Coast Hospital are now being made to take some extra precautions.

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Earlier in the week, all hospitals within the Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Ipswich areas were required to use masks for patients, visitors and staff.

But overnight, Queensland Health has called for all Gold Coast Health staff from the the Logan or Brisbane areas to wear masks as well.

The staff alert was sent out last night, with a ‘new mask requirement for staff from restricted areas’.

“Staff living in the following council areas are affected by this requirement,” it reads.

  1. Brisbane City
  2. Ipswich City
  3. Logan City
  4. Scenic Rim Region
  5. Somerset Region
  6. Lockyer Valley
  7. Moreton Bay
  8. Redland City

“This change has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, especially during the initial period when infected people are not showing any symptoms.

“This will help to keep our staff, patients and visitors safe,” it reads.

Queensland Health issued the following statement on the matter.

“We are grateful for the support of staff, patients and visitors following the Health Directive for people from Greater Brisbane to wear masks while in our hospital and health service.

“The Directive has been welcomed by people who pass through our health screening stations, who appreciate it is a necessary measure keep our hospitals safe.

“There are currently no plans for all staff to wear masks,” the statement reads.

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No big surprises here. We’re nine months into the pandemic (if you include the time it was spreading in Wuhan) and the Australian government messaging on masks is still that it only prevents the wearer from spreading COVID-19. Numerous studies have already found that wearing a mask reduces the risk of catching the virus by around 80%.

I was surprised the Staff haven’t been wearing them already

I went there 2 weeks ago and all staff were wearing a mask,I refused to and was looked at like a criminal.There are no conclusive scientific studies showing a reduction in viral infections from wearing masks.Now,two weeks later staff at Gold Coast are not wearing masks again.What a load of rubbish!!Pavlov’s Dogs!!