A nurse at an aged care facility in Central Queensland has tested positive to coronavirus, with the nursing home now in lockdown.
Queensland Health confirmed the person worked in the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre while unwell.
It’s understood the worker may have contracted the virus while on a trip to Brisbane, with Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young confirming the person would have been infectious from May 3rd.
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A rapid response team has been sent to the facility from Brisbane this morning, with urgent contact tracing now underway.
“The aged care facility is immediately working to assess 115 of their residents and 180 staff to make sure that today none of them have the infection,” Dr Young said.
“Then we will work with them as to which ones need to immediately go into quarantine for 14 days.”
Dr Young also issued an urgent alert to the Rockhampton community, urging anyone who has symptoms to get tested immediately.
“Rockhampton has not had an active case for a number of weeks so this is brand new,” she said.
“We know that health care worker is also living in the community and they will have been out and about in the community.
“I am asking anyone in Rockhampton who has any symptoms at all to go forward, go and see their own GP or go to one of the fever clinics and get tested,” she said.
“That is really important… We have not beaten this virus yet.”
Qld Health Minister Steven Miles says this new case proves how quickly things can change.
“Even after cities have long periods of time without active cases, things can turn very, very quickly,” Mr Miles said.
“Someone can return from another part of the state, be tested and be found to be infected.”
It brings Queensland’s coronavirus total to 1054, with 17 actives cases.