PPE guidelines have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer
We were advised at the last WA Government Working in Partnership on COVID-19 meeting that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer and need to be ratified by the State Disaster Council prior to release. It has been suggested that the need for PPE for community services could be mitigated by broader testing for vulnerable groups. The resumption of elective surgeries will increase demand for PPE.
The Department of Health advised that they are already developing strategies for broad testing of asymptomatic individuals and cohorts. The Department of Finance advised that organisations requesting PPE will have to reimburse government for the cost. It was noted that Government cannot guarantee supply and will prioritise requests in line with the PPE guidelines to be released by Health.
For further information
The Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org; PHEOC Hotline – (08) 9221 8558) is willing to provide guidance on infection control where the information needed is not already covered by the Health website and other sources, e.g. an outbreak management plan for specific circumstances.