Hospital is plunged into lockdown as doctor tests positive to Covid after spending at least one day in the community while infected
The medic at Princess Alexandra Hospital is understood to have been infectious in the community on March 11.
The male junior doctor returned a positive Covid test on Friday afternoon at about 4.30pm.
A junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (pictured) in Brisbane’s south has tested positive for Covid, plunging the facility into lockdown
The medical worker had contact with COVID-19 infected patients on the morning of March 10 and subsequently left his shift and was out among the community on Thursday.
The hospital lockdown conditions include banning non-essential visitors and mandatory masks to be worn by those inside the facility.
Non-urgent and elective surgeries will also be delayed until the lockdown lifts.
The Queensland government’s contact tracing team is working to track the man’s movements and identify people who have been in close proximity with the doctor.
A list of exposure sites is expected to be released on Saturday morning.
‘The hospital is actively working to ensure the safety of staff and patients on campus while contact tracing is undertaken,’ a Queensland Health statement said.
‘Anyone with any Covid-19 symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.’
The hospital’s emergency department will remain open but the hospital is urging the public to seek assistance to other hospitals or GPs if possible.