Investigation launched into nursing home as QLD records two new COVID-19 cases

An independent investigation has been launched after a nurse at a Central Queensland nursing home tested positive to coronavirus.

It comes as Queensland recorded two new cases overnight taking the State’s total to 1057.

One of the new cases is in the Metro South area while the other was in the West Moreton region.


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Both patients acquired the virus overseas.

There are just 13 active cases across Queensland with four patients in hospital and just one of those in intensive care.

Health officials are continuing to look into how a nurse at the North Rockhampton nursing home was allowed to work at the facility despite showing symptoms for almost two weeks.

Her positive test has sparked a major response with health staff deployed to Rockhampton from other area of the State.

All 114 residents at the facility at the time the nurse was working have now been tested for COVID-19 but all have tested negative.

All staff have also returned negative test results, while one who was on leave at the time is yet to be tested.

Queensland Health has also moved 35 residents who had not been in contact with the nurse to hospitals in the Rockhampton area allowing other residents to be put in single rooms at the home.

Officials have also identified 42 close contacts of the nurse but all have so far tested negative.

Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed an independent investigation was now underway to get to the bottom of it.

“We want to understand exactly how it happened, what went wrong, why it went wrong and how we can make sure it never happens again,” Mr Miles said.

“We need to ensure that all of our patients and residents, everyone in our care, as well as our staff, are kept safe and are aware of their obligations always, but particularly heightened obligations during this pandemic.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says they need to ensure the incident in Rockhampton is not repeated elsewhere in the State.

“We do need to see where this went wrong because we need to make sure that we learn from that and we have that process sorted for every single one of our aged care facilities in Queensland,” Dr Young said.

“We know that the residents in aged care facilities are among one of the most vulnerable groups to getting appalling outcomes if they get infected by this virus.”

Dr Young says they are still investigating where the nurse may have contracted the virus but says it’s unlikely it happened in Rockhampton.

Officials are still looking at whether she acquired it while in Brisbane or on a flight to or from there.

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