A 30-year-old man has died in Central Queensland with tests confirming he had COVID-19.
He’s the State’s 7th coronavirus-related death and it takes the national death toll to 103.
He’s the youngest person in Australia to die from the virus.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The man was found dead at a home in Blackwater, west of Rockhampton late yesterday afternoon.
Officials say the man had a “complicated medical history” which is being closely investigated.
His death has now been referred to the Coroner.
The man’s wife has also begun showing symptoms and is now in isolation at Rockhampton Hospital.
Paramedics and Police officers who attended the home have also been forced to self-isolate.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the man’s death is tragic.
“We extend our condolences and it’s a timely reminder for all Queenslanders that this COVID is real, it’s out there, and it has impacts on Queenslanders and in this case, we have lost another Queenslander today,” The Premier said.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young says they don’t believe the man had travelled outside of Blackwater since February, but extensive contact tracing is now underway.
“We believe that he was at home for most of that time and we believe he’s had symptoms for several weeks, but that is the information that needs to be confirmed today,” Dr Young said.
Additional fever clinics are being set up in Blackwater and Emerald with anyone in those communities with symptoms urged to get tested immediately.
Health Minister Steven Miles says the man’s death is a wake-up call for everyone, especially men.
“I know that men sometimes fob off their illnesses, they don’t go and get medical assistance, but it’s incredibly important right now that anyone with symptoms goes and gets tested,” Mr Miles said.
“It appears this gentleman who has passed away was ill for some time and did not get tested and so I want anyone, anyone in Queensland, who is unwell, to go and get tested today, especially if they’re from Blackwater or been in Blackwater.”
Dr Young says it’s also a reminder that COVID-19 affects people of all ages.
“We know that the majority of people who develop complications and all of the people to date in Queensland who
have died have been older people, but we know from overseas that it’s not a disease exclusively of older people.”
The State’s total number of COVID-19 cases is now at 1058 however just seven of those are still active.