Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with just four cases still considered active in the state.
In some other positive news, Health Minister Steven Miles has also confirmed that Queensland’s longest-hospitalised COVID-19 patient is being released from hospital today.
Richard Misior has been in in the Gold Coast University Hospital since March after contracting COVID-19 on board the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship.
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The 81-year-old also spent 77 days in the Intensive Care Unit before was discharged from the hospital’s COVID-19 ward in September and moved to rehab.
One month on and Richard has now been given the all-clear from doctors to leave hospital and head home with his wife by his side.
“I want to shout out to Richard, our longest-hospitalised COVID patient,” Minister Miles said on Thursday.
“Richard has been in the Gold Coast University Hospital for months now… I had the pleasure of visiting him a little while ago.
“He spent months in intensive care but the doctors there have done a fantastic job and he’s being released from hospital today which I’m really really pleased about,” the Deputy Premier said.
In heartwarming videos posted to social media, doctors and nurses can be seen cheering on Mr Misior as he’s wheeled out from the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Richard contracted #COVID19 on the Ruby Princess cruise ship earlier this year.
He has since been in a #GoldCoast hospital for seven months, including three months in ICU.
Today, he’s finally going home!
— 9News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) October 22, 2020
Despite recording no new cases in Queensland today, two crew members on board a cargo ship anchored off the Sunshine Coast have tested positive.
Minister Miles said all crew on board the vessel have now been tested, with health authorities continuing to monitor the ship.
“There’s a meeting underway to determine if they will be evacuated to the mainland and what hospital that will be,” Mr Miles said.
The pair will not be counted in Queensland’s COVID-19 tally until they arrive on the mainland.
It comes after an engineer on board the ship tested positive while in New Zealand over the weekend, with fears he may have been carrying a strain of the virus not seen in Australia before.
Thursday, 22 October – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 0 new confirmed cases
• 4 active cases
• 1,165 total confirmed cases
• 1,203,184 tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 21, 2020