Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has advised masks are required to be worn at Bundaberg Hospital after an increase in patients who are positive for COVID-19.
Masks are now mandatory for all staff, patients and visitors when on the grounds of Bundaberg Hospital and surrounding facilities such as Cancer Care, Mental Health Units and the Margaret Rose Centre.
Currently there are 20 confirmed cases.
WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll assured the community that there was no cause for alarm.
“We are being cautious due to an increase in COVID-19 numbers, and we’re increasing our safety measures to protect our most vulnerable patients.” Ms Carroll said.
“We saw how effective mask-wearing was in reducing the spread of COVID-19 over the Easter break, and we hope to see a similar trend in coming weeks.
“Respiratory illnesses such as colds, influenza and COVID-19 are always more common at this time of year and we encourage people to keep their immunisations up to date, be responsible with hand-hygiene and mask wearing, and stay home if they are unwell.”
“Thanks to the diligent planning of this experienced team that lead us through the COVID-19 pandemic, Bundaberg Hospital continues to safely provide emergency, outpatient, elective surgery and other normal services.” Ms Carroll said.
WBHHS will advise the public of any further change to visitor requirements if they occur.