Several aged care facilities across the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich regions are now restricted areas.(ABC News: Nic MacBean)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelQueensland's Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, has declared a list of restricted areas across the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich regions that will limit the access to aged care facilities in those locations.Key points:The list of restricted areas will remain in place until further noticeThe restrictions limit access to aged care facilities under the Public Health ActIn the last 24 hours 6,866 patients were tested for coronavirusThe restrictions came into effect from 8:00pm yesterday and will remain in place until further notice.Under the Public Health Act visitors will not be permitted to enter aged care facilities if they have been in a hotspot 14 days previously or if they have returned to Australia from overseas.Any visitor to an aged care home must also wear a face mask to be allowed entry.There are also rules around the number of visitors allowed to attend at one time and residents are not permitted to leave the facility unless they are required to for medical reasons. Visitors will not be allowed into nursing homes in restricted areas until further notice.(ABC News: John Gunn)Dr Young said she approved the release of the list of suburbs and local government areas to "assist in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the community"."They are areas that we're asking people if they have any symptoms at all or any concerns that they might have symptoms to get tested," she said."If they have a fever, or they've had history of a fever to immediately get tested and to isolate themselves until they get the results.For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our live updates."And it's also the areas that I've asked aged care facilities to be particularly cautious because we know the risks in aged care are horrendous so we want them to be very, very cautious."Queensland Health said in the last 24 hours 6,866 patients were tested for coronavirus with 8,251 tests carried out as some people had multiple tests. Thousands of Queenslanders are heading to coronavirus testing clinics.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)'I fully support the lockdown'Yesterday aged care provider Carinity banned visitors, unless on compassionate grounds, at all residential aged care centres in South East Queensland.These include Cedarbrook, Colthup Manor, Karinya Place, Brookfield Green, Hilltop, Clifford House and Wishart Gardens. Andy Coller with his wife Julie, who has advanced early onset dementia.(Supplied: Andy Coller)Andy Coller's 61-year-old wife Julie has advanced early onset dementia and went into care at the Clifford House facility in Wooloowin on Brisbane's northside in May.He normally visits her four times a week, and recently his grandchildren were able to have weekly visits with her.Coronavirus questions answeredBreaking down the latest news and research to understand how the world is living through an epidemic, this is the ABC's Coronacast podcast.Read more"Even though Julie doesn't remember my name and even though she will forget that I am there, it is still good for her to have family come and visit her and its good for us to go see her," he said."We talk, we look at photos of the family. I usually take some chocolate in, she loves a Freddo frog and sometimes I even sing to her and she laughs at that."It's harder for my children and grandchildren because its only recently they've been able to go see grandma."I fully support the lockdown and not being able to let visitors in and we don't want to get COVID into our aged care facilities."He said Julie could be in lockdown for weeks depending on the ongoing level of community transmission in Queensland.What you need to know about coronavirus:When and how to wear a face maskThe symptomsThe number of cases in AustraliaGlobal cases, deaths and testing rates
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