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Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update

15 May 2020

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

One of the cases is a healthcare worker from Rockhampton. A rapid response team has been mobilised and contact tracing is well underway. Anyone in Rockhampton who has symptoms is encouraged to forward for testing.

The second case is a Queensland resident who was diagnosed and treated in another state. They have now recovered.

This case has been included in Queensland’s total in accordance with national guidelines that require confirmed cases to be reported and recorded based on the person’s state of residence, not where they were tested for COVID-19 or where they were infected.

HHS* Active cases Recovered casesDeaths Total confirmed
cases to date
Cairns and Hinterland 3 32 0 35
Central Queensland 1 8 0 9
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 4 310 3 317
Metro South 7 256 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

* 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.

Some restrictions will begin to be lifted in Queensland from this weekend, allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings. The easing of restrictions starts from 11.59pm tonight (15 May).

From this weekend, permitted activities include:

  • Up to five people can visit your home from separate households for day visits
  • Up to 10 people can gather for non-contact outdoor activities
  • You can travel up to 150km radius from your home (or 500km if you live in Outback Queensland) for recreational activities
  • Up to 10 people (or up to 20 people for Outback Queensland local residents) can dine in at restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs and RSL clubs provided the business is following a COVID SAFE checklist

For more information on what is allowed under Stage 1 of the roadmap to easing restrictions, visit

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.

If the area you plan to visit is crowded and you can’t easily practice the 1.5 metre social distancing rule, you are encouraged to move to another site.

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, 1,007 of the 1,054 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 148,607 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 3,448 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.

Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, six of the 17 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 1,031 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

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


Last updated: 15 May 2020