Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
12 May 2020
Queensland has six additional confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to report today.
All six cases are Queensland residents who were diagnosed and treated in other states. They have all now recovered.
These cases have been included in Queensland’s total in accordance with national guidelines that require confirmed cases to be reported and recorded based on the person’s state of residence, not where they were tested for COVID-19 or where they were infected.
|HHS*||Active cases||Recovered cases||Deaths||Total confirmed|
|Cairns and Hinterland||2||33||0||35|
|Torres and Cape||0||0||0||0|
* HHS level case data may include a patient’s residential address, Public Health Unit managing or location where test was ordered.
** Changes may occur in the number of notifications reported from day to day. This is due to ongoing maintenance and update of notification details as new information becomes available, or where discrepancies are detected through data quality assurance activities.
Some restrictions will begin to be lifted in Queensland from Saturday 16 May, allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings.
Further restrictions are planned to be lifted in June and July, however we need everyone to continue playing their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community.
Please continue to follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regard to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.
Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and stay home if you’re sick.
Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.
Queensland’s testing criteria has been expanded so that anyone in the state who has a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms can get tested.
If you are unwell and you meet the above criteria, you should contact a doctor immediately. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.
Currently, 993 of the 1,051 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or interstate, or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.
A total of 138,892 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 1,873 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.
Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, seven of the 18 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with three of these in intensive care. The remainder of active cases are currently recovering at home.
A total of 1,027 Queenslanders (97 per cent of total cases) have now recovered from COVID-19.
Contact tracing continues for recent cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any public health alerts are required.
The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
The Queensland Health website now includes detailed information by Local Government Area on the number of active and recovered COVID-19 cases, likely source of infection, age and gender breakdowns of confirmed cases and number of self-quarantine notices. You can access this information at www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-data
For more information on the easing of restrictions in Queensland, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au