The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has today declared the Regional Council of Cairns and the Shire of Yarrabah as Hotspots for the purpose of Commonwealth support from 11:59 pm 8 August 2021 until 11:59 pm 11 August 2021 with review on or before 11 August 2021. There have been wide opportunities for transmission of the virus in the Cairns and Yarrabah local government areas and Professor Kelly reminds the community of the risk and requests that they continue to follow the directions of Queensland Health.
Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers, if required:
- Provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
- Actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
- Assistance with contact tracing
- Asymptomatic testing via General Practice led Respiratory Clinics
- Reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
- Access to COVID-19 Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria are met
- Two Medicare Benefits Schedule items for telehealth consultations for patients in COVID-19 hotspots.
Read more about listing areas as COVID-19 hotspots.