CONFIRMED: QLD health confirm CQ's first COVID-19 case

UPDATE 1:30PM: Local representatives have spoken out in the wake of the announced COVID-19 case in Rockhampton

 Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow has spoken out in response to the confirmed case stating the RRC will not be enacting disaster mechanisms to deal with the situation, rather the response will be directed by Queensland Health as lead agency.

"Unless there is a significant change, our local disaster group is not likely to be called upon," she said.

"Council has already given notice that we will be holding a Special Council meeting on Monday to receive a briefing from Queensland Health and to endorse a proposed comprehensive response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Council is implementing a number of measures in-house and the organisation will keep the public updated on its actions as the situation develops," Mayor Strelow said.

Mayor Strelow said CEO Evan Pardon and senior council management have undertaken detailed planning over the past weeks and have plans in place to ensure that essential services such as water and sewage continue to operate.

This comes as Livingstone Shire Council declared its disaster management group is on an alert level. 

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry has called for calm and encouraged anyone feeling unwell to seek medical advice.

"I want to make it absolutely clear that people need to remain calm and implement simple common sense measures to reduce their chance of potentially being exposed to the virus," she said. 

"I want to assure you that we are taking all possible steps to protect the health of our citizens and the economy.

"I also want to reiterate how important it is to spend your money locally now and into the future to lessen the economic impacts of a pandemic such as the one we are experiencing now.

"Stay up to date on latest COVID-19 information at health.gov.au," Ms Landry said.

Queensland Health however have not been so forthcoming with further information regarding the Rockhampton patient. 

UPDATE 12.15PM: MORE details surrounding the Rockhampton COVID-19 case have been revealed in a Queensland Health press conference. 

It has been confirmed the person who has tested positive in Rockhampton is a male, who is not from the region. 

A Queensland Health spokeswoman said the male travelled to Rockhampton, became unwell and 'did the right thing' by presenting for testing. 

No details about how the male travelled to the region, from where or when, has been revealed. 

UPDATE:Despite dismissing 'rumours' and tip-offs from the community and reliable sources yesterday, Queensland Health has now confirmed one coronavirus case in Rockhampton.

A statement from Queensland Health confirms one patient in Rockhampton.
"Currently, all cases are in South-East Queensland, excluding one individual in Kingaroy and one individual in Rockhampton," the statement read.
More details on the recently announced cases are expected to be released later today.
According to sources, the Rockhampton patient has recently travelled into the region from overseas.
More to come.  
 

UPDATE: What is believed to be an internal email from Rockhampton Hospital staff has began circulating on social media. 

The email confirms at least one patient has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Rockhampton Hospital.   

The email states the patient is not from Central Queensland and has contacted a "very limited number of people". 

Those people have been asked to self isolate according to the email. 

INITIAL:An announcement from Queensland Health is expected to drop this morning in relation to coronavirus cases in Rockhampton.

The Morning Bulletin has received tip-offs from a number of reliable sources claiming two patients at the Rockhampton hospital tested positive for the virus.

Queensland Health would not comment on the claims other than to say that an announcement on four new Queensland cases would be made this morning.

The state's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told ABC radio Queensland's tally of COVID-19 diagnoses had risen to 31.

Yesterday amid numerous tip-offs, Queensland Health refuted the claims after being contacted by The Morning Bulletin.

More to come.


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