Redland, Logan and Beaudesert hospital staff being briefed on how to handle coronavirus as shoppers strip some supermarket shelves

Redland, Logan and Beaudesert hospital staff are being briefed on how to handle coronavirus patients as a 20-year-old University of Queensland students tests positive.

EMPTY: The hand sanitiser shelf was cleaned out at Cleveland Central Shopping Centre's Woolworths store.

EMPTY: The hand sanitiser shelf was cleaned out at Cleveland Central Shopping Centre's Woolworths store.

It comes as the state government boosts the capacity of emergency departments and intensive care wards at hospitals across the state, with more than 100 ventilators bought to prepare for any possible outbreak.

The government also extended the public health emergency declaration to midnight on May 19, allowing Queensland Health to enact containment measures when and where they are necessary.

Chief health officer Jeannette Young said all local hospitals - including Redland, Logan and Beaudesert - were being briefed on how to prepare for a range of scenarios involving COVID-19.

Queensland Health did not comment on how many cases, if any, had been treated at these hospitals or whether anyone had arrived complaining of coronavirus symptoms.

There have been at least nine confirmed coronavirus cases in Queensland, with a Gold Coast beautician among those being held in isolation after testing positive.

The 63-year-old worked at Southport's Australia Fair shopping centre and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital when she began feeling unwell.

According to government health alerts, the hospital had also housed a man in late January who was admitted after complaining of illness about five days after arriving in Queensland from Wuhan, China.

Dr Young said health officials were working around the clock to plan the next phase of their response.

SPREE: Toilet paper has been selling like hot-cakes at certain supermarkets. This photo came from Woolworths at Cleveland Central Shopping Centre.

SPREE: Toilet paper has been selling like hot-cakes at certain supermarkets. This photo came from Woolworths at Cleveland Central Shopping Centre.

"Queenslanders can feel confident that local health authorities are leaving no stone unturned in keeping them safe from novel coronavirus," she said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday that emergency department capacity would be tripled and intensive care capacity doubled across all hospitals.

Health Minister Steven Miles said hospitals were also ready to mobilise fever clinics if required.

"We discussed options for quarantine facilities also and asked Queensland Health to ensure staff levels are adequate. We are ready to redirect clinical staff into hospital positions when and where needed," he said.

"To ensure capacity in the coming months, I announced yesterday we would ramp up surgery.

"We've already increased our capacity to test for COVID-19 and have the capacity to increase testing when it is needed."

The Redland City Bulletin contacted supermarket giant Woolworths in the wake of a report that shelves were being stripped of things like hand sanitisers and toilet paper at stores across the country.

A Woolworths spokesperson said some shortages of antibacterial hand wash and sanitiser products had occurred but staff were working with suppliers to get these items back on shelves.

Hand sanitisers sold out at Woolworths at Cleveland Central Shopping Centre on Tuesday and toilet paper stock was also low.

There had also been a spike in demand for things like long-life pantry items and household staples, leading to a partial shortage at some stores.

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