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Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

17 March 2020

Ten new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Queensland.

This takes the state total to 78.

  1. A 50-year-old female is being managed by the Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  2. A 35-yer-old female is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  3. A 59-year-old female is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  4. A 71-year-old female is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  5. A 60-year-old male is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  6. A 28-year-old female is being managed by the Gold Coast Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  7. A 62-year-old female is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  8. A 64-year-old male is being managed by the Brisbane Metro South Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  9. A 35-year-old male is being managed by the Brisbane Metro North Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
  10. A 50-year-old female is being managed by the Townsville Public Health Unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.

Queensland Health can confirm all cases remain isolated in appropriate accommodation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nine patients have recovered.

Contact tracing is still underway for these new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

Please call ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.

Queenslanders can do their part by practicing good hygiene and staying 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.

Anyone with concerns can call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Last updated: 17 March 2020