Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
22 April 2020
Queensland had no new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) overnight for the second time this week.
The current state total remains at 1,024.
|HHS*||Active cases||Recovered cases||Deaths||Total confirmed |
cases to date
|Cairns and Hinterland||5||28||0||33|
|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.
Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young thanked Queenslanders for playing their part in reducing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
"Thank you Queenslanders for your role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and social distancing," Dr Young said.
"It's excellent news that for the second time this week, we’ve had no new cases recorded in Queensland overnight.
"This is a clear indicator that our social distancing measures are proving to be effective," she said.
Dr Young said currently, 93 per cent of of confirmed cases have recently travelled overseas or had close contact with someone who travelled overseas, such as their partner or flatmate.
"We've seen very limited community transmission in Queensland, with 42 cases where we don’t know the source of infection," Dr Young said.
"It's encouraging that numbers are staying very low this week, with only six cases recorded so far, and we want to keep it that way.
"This is a sign that we’re flattening the curve, but we can’t be complacent.
"We need to keep up our current approach, and ensure we can sustain these low numbers over a period of weeks before we can look into lifting restrictions.
"We cannot risk seeing a second wave of infections or uncontrolled community spread of COVID-19.
"Queenslanders continue to be reminded to stay home as much as possible, and stay in your suburb when undertaking essential activities such as going to the supermarket or exercising," she said.
Dr Young said a total of 90,168 tests for COVID-19 has been undertaken in Queensland, with 2,717 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.
Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, 20 of the 280 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with seven of these in intensive care. The remainder of active cases are currently recovering at home.
Contact tracing continues for recent cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.
We want 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 regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.
Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and staying home, especially 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.
A person will generally be tested if they have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and, in the last 14 days:
- they were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case
- they had been overseas, including on a cruise.
Testing may also be done for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, AND:
- work in vulnerable settings such as healthcare, aged or residential care, military, a school or child care, correction facilities, detention centres, police and boarding schools.
- live in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Cairns
- live in or travelled from a COVID-19 hotspot
- live in or travelled from another state
- live in a First Nations community.
Queensland Health is urging anyone who meets this criteria for testing, to contact a doctor immediately.
Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel they can prepare for your visit.
The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
As of midday today, 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