Rush to hint supply of seventh and youngest Queensland virus demise

Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger mentioned the person had “an advanced medical historical past” and the coroner is now investigating whether or not the virus or Mr Turner’s different identified diseases brought about his demise.

“We consider he was at house for that point and we consider he’s had signs for a number of weeks,” she mentioned.

“Whether or not or not COVID-19 was the precipitating trigger for his demise, that is how we report it, and it doesn’t matter what, we have to go and phone hint.”

A serious focus of that contact tracing work is whether or not or not a nurse from a Rockhampton aged care facility who tested positive can be accountable for the Blackwater case.

The nurse continued to work on the facility regardless of feeling unwell and getting examined after getting back from Brisbane, with two separate investigations trying into the circumstances of her case.

Throughout interviews, the nurse informed authorities she drove to Blackwater, almost 200 kilometres away from Rockhampton, in the course of the interval she would have been infectious.

Residents of the small mining town of Blackwater scrambled to get tests on Wednesday.

Residents of the small mining city of Blackwater scrambled to get exams on Wednesday.Credit score:Glenn Campbell

On the time, Queenslanders weren’t permitted to drive greater than 50 kilometres from their properties as a part of motion restrictions designed to include the unfold of the illness.

Nevertheless, in a press release late on Wednesday, Queensland Well being mentioned the timelines for Mr Turner’s signs and the Rockhampton nurse’s go to to Blackwater didn’t match.

The nurse travelled to Blackwater within the second week of Might and didn’t work together with anybody else within the city, with Mr Turner displaying respiratory signs because the week prior.

Mr Turner had himself not left Blackwater since February, and had not been at work for six months.

Opposition well being spokeswoman Ros Bates mentioned the individuals of Blackwater ought to have been informed that there was a threat the illness had been launched to their group.

“The individuals of Blackwater had a proper to know that an individual contaminated with COVID had been of their city,” Ms Bates mentioned.

“This could not have been saved secret.”

Talking earlier than the information concerning the nurse was made public, and after more than a week of pressure on her policy of closing state borders during the pandemic, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned the case highlighted the necessity for individuals to remain of their areas.

“Folks have been staying of their areas,” she mentioned. “So the contact tracing [is] lots simpler as a result of individuals haven’t been travelling outdoors of these areas.”

Following the information on Wednesday, residents in Blackwater scrambled to get examined for the virus, with hotlines inundated, and lengthy traces on the native hospital.

A separate fever clinic was resulting from be arrange on the Blackwater Rodeo Grounds from 8am on Thursday.

“I’ve 4 planes on the bottom, two in Townsville and two in Brisbane that we will use to go and get anybody who’s a confirmed case, and transfer them to Rockhampton or to Brisbane,” Dr Younger mentioned.


“Anybody who lives in Blackwater actually, they have to come ahead and get examined if they’ve signs.”

Central Highlands mayor Kerry Hayes provided her condolences to the person’s household, saying the group was “all on this collectively”.

“Our ideas are actually with the household and mates of that younger particular person immediately, as his household involves grips with the lack of his life,” she mentioned.

“It’s at all times very unhappy when one thing like this occurs so very very near us.”

The case brings Queensland’s cumulative whole to 1058, with seven individuals thought of lively circumstances, 4 of whom are being handled in hospital, one in intensive care.

The six different Queenslanders who’ve died from COVID-19 have been all older individuals, with 5 of them contracting the virus on cruise ships, and the sixth from a member of the family who returned from the US.

“It is a well timed reminder for all Queenslanders that this COVID is actual, it is on the market, and it has impacts on Queenslanders and on this case, we now have misplaced one other Queenslander immediately,” Well being Minister Steven Miles mentioned.

-with Lydia Lynch, Matt Dennien and Toby Crockford

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