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Title: An outdoor hotel quarantine facility model in Australia: best practice with optimal outcomes.
Authors: Curtis, Stephanie J
Trewin, Abigail
McDermott, Kathleen
Were, Karen
Walczynski, Tracy
Notaras, Len
Walsh, Nick
Citation: © 2022 The Authors.
Aust N Z J Public Health. 2022 Jul 7. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13275.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To describe the operationalisation of a novel outdoor quarantine facility managed by the Australian Medical Assistance Team, the Howard Springs International Quarantine Facility (HSIQF) at the Centre for National Resilience in the Northern Territory, Australia. METHODS: We collated documentation and data from HSIQF to describe policies and procedures implemented and performed a descriptive analysis of key procedures and outcomes. RESULTS: From 23 October 2020 to 31 March 2021, 2.2% (129/5,987) of residents were confirmed COVD-19 cases. On average per day, 82 [Interquartile Range (IQR): 29-95] staff completed personal protective equipment (PPE) training, 94 [IQR: 90-104] staff completed antigen testing and 51 [IQR: 32-136] staff completed polymerase chain reaction testing. The operation focused on building a safe environment with infection prevention and control adherence and workforce sustainability. There was no leakage of SARS-CoV-2 to staff or the community and no PPE compromises requiring staff to quarantine for 14 days. CONCLUSION: HSIQF demonstrates the operationalisation of an effective, safe and replicable quarantine system. IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: Quarantine is a critical public health tool for pandemic control. The HSIQF operations may be useful to inform the establishment and management of quarantine facilities for future and current disease outbreaks.
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Journal title: Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Publication Date: 2022-07-07
Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13275
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