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Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

14 May 2020

Queensland has no new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today.

HHS* Active cases Recovered casesDeaths Total confirmed
Cairns and Hinterland 3 32 0 35
Central Queensland 0 8 0 8
Central West 0 0 0 0
Darling Downs 0 40 2 42
Gold Coast 1 193 0 194
Mackay 0 15 0 15
Metro North 3 310 3 316
Metro South 8 255 0 263
North West 0 0 0 0
South West 0 0 0 0
Sunshine Coast 1 92 1 94
Torres and Cape 0 0 0 0
Townsville 0 24 0 24
West Moreton 0 37 0 37
Wide Bay 0 24 0 24
Overseas 0 0 0 0
Total16103061052**

* 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’s Chief Health Officer has today declared three new COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria under the Border Restrictions Direction. These hotspots are Wyndham City, Moorabool Shire and Melton City.

This change means anyone eligible to enter Queensland who was in any of these declared hotspots must self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they qualify for an exemption under the Border Restrictions Direction.

These Local Government Areas have been declared because the national definition of a hotspot has recently changed.

Previously, a COVID-19 hotspot was defined as a Local Government Area with 60 or more confirmed cases diagnosed in the previous two weeks.

Now, the number of cases required for declaring a hotspot has been amended down to 10 or more.

Where a Local Government Area has been declared a hotspot, and then does not record any further cases for four weeks (two successive incubation periods), they are removed from the list of hotspots.

All previous declared COVID-19 hotspots in New South Wales have now been removed.

You can view the current list of declared COVID-19 hotspots here: www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19

Some restrictions will begin to be lifted in Queensland from this weekend, allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings. These easing of restrictions commence from 11.59pm this Friday 15 May.

For more information on the easing of restrictions in Queensland and what is allowed under Stage 1 of the roadmap to easing restrictions, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au

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, 1,004 of the 1,052 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 145,182 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 3,190 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, seven of the 16 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 1,030 Queenslanders (98 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

Last updated: 14 May 2020