Queensland novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
13 June 2020
Queensland has one new case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to report today.
A 30-year-old man from the Sunshine Coast tested positive after recently returning from overseas.
Investigations and contact tracing are underway. At this time, it is not considered that the community have been exposed however Queensland Health will notify the community if any public health alerts are required.
Total case numbers for Queensland include both confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as per the national case definition.
|HHS*||Active cases||Recovered cases||Deaths||Total confirmed cases to date|
|Cairns and Hinterland||0||36||0||37|
|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.
***Each day, total cases may not equal active plus recovered plus deaths, as information for some cases is still pending and will be updated in due course. In addition, active cases may be reported by Hospital and Health Service of treatment, or by a patient’s usual place of residence.
Note: Total case numbers include both confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as per the national case definition. Probable cases are based on serology results as well as clinical and epidemiological criteria and indicates a previous infection. Accordingly, a probable case could be included in the total case numbers but not be reported as a new case in the last 24 hours or as an active case. Probable cases may be recorded as a recovered case, but there may be a lag in this.
On 1 June, 2020, stage 2 of Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions came into effect. Changes include:
- Queenslanders can travel within Queensland, with no limit on distance except for discrete First nations communities restricted under the Restricted Access to Remote Communities Direction
- Queenslanders can stay overnight or longer at a place that is not your home.
This easing of restrictions does not apply to restricted zones for indigenous communities.
For further information on other Stage 2 changes that also came into effect on 1 June, visit the Queensland Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions webpage.
From 12 June 2020, the restrictions put in place by the Australian Government under the Biosecurity Determination no longer apply to remote communities (‘designated areas’) in Queensland.
Instead, the Queensland Chief Health Officer has defined what is required for travel in and out of designated areas. This includes fewer restrictions on residents and is described in the Restricted Access to Remote Communities Direction.
Queenslanders are reminded tocontinue 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.
As restrictions ease across Queensland, we need more people to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms. Getting tested will help us find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible. This will ensure we are doing everything we can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, lack of taste or smell and fatigue. For further advice, contact your local doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
Currently, 1,021 of the 1,065 cases had recently travelled overseas or interstate, or had close contact with a confirmed case, such as their partner or flatmate.
A total of 245,713 tests for COVID-19 have been undertaken in Queensland, with 4,803 tests undertaken in the previous 24 hours.
Most Queenslanders who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild symptoms. Currently, two of the three active cases are in hospital, with one being treated in intensive care. The remaining active case is currently recovering at home.
A total of 1,051 Queenslanders (almost 99 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 cases and number of self-quarantine notices. You can access this information at www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-data