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Central Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Fever clinics keep community safe

1 June 2020

The temporary COVID-19 drive-through testing facility at Blackwater Rodeo Grounds will be wound up after tomorrow (Tuesday, 2 June), and COVID-19 screening will continue at Blackwater Hospital as required from Wednesday, 3 June.

More than 500 people were tested in Blackwater between Wednesday and Sunday with all tests returning negative.

Drive-through testing will continue at CQUniversity Health Clinic in North Rockhampton, and the southside clinic location at Rockhampton Hospital will wind up after today (Monday, 1 June).

Information on CQ Health’s testing clinics is at: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/covid-19/fever-clinics

Community members in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Yeppoon and Blackwater are urged to call the CQ Health COVID-19 hotline on 49205800 to make a booking and confirm the test location before attending.

Meanwhile, CQ Health has started gradually resuming elective surgery services.

Chief Executive Steve Williamson said the aim was to be back to full capacity for elective surgery by the end of this month (June).

“It will take time to reintroduce those elective surgeries that have been on hold as part of our response to COVID-19. It will be a gradual resumption of service dependant on a number of factors including the availability of staff and personal protection equipment, and of course the availability and willingness of patients,” Mr Williamson said.

“Our team will be in touch with patients to notify them of their appointment times ahead of time, and we thank them for their patience and understanding while we get back on track.”

“Our priority at the moment is to see those with the most urgent need first,” he said.

Mr Williamson said the service was focused on maintaining the safety of our patients and staff.

At this stage there are no plans to reintroduce regular oral health services or normal breast screening activity.

“I want to thank our CQ Health teams for the hard work they’ve been doing to prepare for COVID-19, and their unwavering support to provide the best possible health care for our community. I’m very proud of the way we have responded to this global pandemic.”

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  • Keep up the great work Central Queensland

    1 May 2020

    Central Queensland scores a big fat zero on the statewide COVID-19 reporting statistics, with the last active case being declared recovered.

    CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said the region had recorded eight confirmed cases of the virus, and with restrictions starting to gradually ease he urged the community to keep up the great work in limiting the spread.

    “Our great healthcare teams have been working hard in the community with our partners for months now to prepare for any surge in demand that comes our way, and thankfully Central Queenslanders have been playing their part and following advice.

    “We’re all well aware of the need to stay home unless necessary, and to maintain our social distance and keep up our hand hygiene.

    “This remains the case, and as restrictions ease slightly for this weekend we urge our community to keep following the advice that has kept us all safe so far.”

    Expanded testing criteria means CQ Health will add fever clinics in Rockhampton and Yeppoon from Tuesday (May 4) to the one that has been operating in Gladstone. For details on how to phone ahead and make an appointment, see CQ Health’s website www.health.qld.gov.au/cq or facebook page. Other respiratory clinics are available through GP practices at Emerald Medical Clinic and Gracemere Family Practice.

    There’s a wealth of COVID-19 information, tips and the latest data available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/

  • Central Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

    Central Queensland has 2 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing our local total to 8.

    One person is from Livingstone Shire and the other is from the Gladstone area.

    Contact tracing is under way. This means if you were identified as a close contact you will be contacted.

    Further details about the location will not be provided publicly.

    Because people can have the virus and be infectious before they show any symptoms, we need you to act as though novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is already in your community and suburb.  Waiting to be notified that it is already in your area to take precautions will be too late – you could have already been infected and infected others.

    Act now: Wash your hands properly and often, try not to touch your face, stay away from others where possible.

    Stay up to date with www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Last updated: 1 April 2020

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