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Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

7 May 2020

Queensland has two new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

HHS* Active cases Recovered casesDeaths Total confirmed
cases to date
Cairns and Hinterland 3 30 0 33
Central Queensland 0 8 0 8
Central West 0 0 0 0
Darling Downs 0 40 2 42
Gold Coast 11 185 0 196
Mackay 0 15 0 15
Metro North 17 295 3 315
Metro South 16 241 0 257
North West 0 0 0 0
South West 0 0 0 0
Sunshine Coast 2 91 1 94
Torres and Cape 0 0 0 0
Townsville 0 24 0 24
West Moreton 0 37 0 37
Wide Bay 1 23 0 24
Overseas 0 0 0 0
Total5098961045**

* 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.

From Sunday, 10 May 2020, up to five members of the same household can visit another household.

Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was about one household visiting another household.

“From this Mother’s Day, one family can visit another family for example, however you must stay in that house or yard for the duration of the visit,” Dr Young said.

“You can travel outside 50km distance to visit someone’s home, but you can’t go further than 50km to visit a household and then go out into that community to go to the beach or have a picnic for example.

“If you are leaving your home for recreation, you should only go with members of your immediate household or one other person,” she said.

Dr Young continued to encourage Queenslanders to exercise social distancing, good hygiene and comply with all the restrictions in place, as well as staying home if you’re unwell.

Currently, 973 of the 1,045 confirmed cases had recently travelled overseas or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.

A total of 124,898 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 4,669 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.

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.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, eight of the 50 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 989 Queenslanders (94 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.

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

Last updated: 7 May 2020