Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
2 May 2020
Queensland has one new confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
|HHS*||Active cases||Recovered cases||Deaths|| Total confirmed |
cases to date
|Cairns and Hinterland||4||29||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 is in the process of contacting people from Qantas flight QF614 from Melbourne to Brisbane on 22 April 2020 after a passenger on this flight tested positive to COVID-19.
We ask that passengers seated in rows 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 of this flight, who have not already been contacted by Queensland Health call 13 HEALTH and advise that you were a passenger on this flight.
All other passengers are considered very low risk, however anyone with health concerns can contact 13 HEALTH.
Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said currently, 972 of the 1,034 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.
From today, Queenslanders can leave their homes for recreation within a 50km radius.
Activities you can do include ride a motorbike, go for a drive, have a picnic, go boating, go fishing, or visit a national park. You can be joined in these activities by members of your household, or one other person.
Queenslanders are reminded to continue practising social distancing and good hygiene.
“While Queensland has continued to record very low numbers of new cases this week, we cannot be complacent and it’s so important that we continue to exercise social distancing, good hygiene and comply with all the restrictions in place,” Dr Young said.
“Queenslanders should continue to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others, and make sure they are washing their hands or using an alcohol-based rub regularly,” she said.
Dr Young said a total of 113,601 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 2,580 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.
Queensland’s testing criteria has now 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.
Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, 10 of the 63 active confirmed cases are in hospital, with four of these in intensive care. The remainder of active cases are currently recovering at home.
A total of 965 Queenslanders (93% of total cases) have now recovered from COVID-19.
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.
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