Two new coronavirus cases diagnosed within Queensland

There have been two new cases of coronavirus diagnosed within Queensland overnight, as infections at an Ipswich hospital continue to grow.

One of the new cases is a woman in her 20s who is a close household contact of a confirmed case, which authorities aren’t too worried about.

While the other case is a woman in her 30s, who is a health care worker from the Ipswich Hospital, bringing that particular cluster to five.


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There have now been 1,131 coronavirus cases in total within Queensland, with 27 still considered active.

Over the last 24 hours, there were 6,062 tests, while Health Minister Steven Miles says testing at Russel Island is going very well, after one positive case turned up there over the weekend.

“I can also confirm that we have now tested 662 at the pop-up fever clinic on Russell Island.

“510 of those in the last 24 hours. We expect that some of those test results – those negative test results – that have come through will have been from the first day of testing on Russell Island so, that’s promising that we’re not seeing positive results there just yet,” Minister Miles said.

The growing cluster at Ipswich Hospital has forced officials to adjust day-to-day operations at the facility, to reduce the risk of further spread.

Director General Doctor John Wakefield says a lot of staff have had to be quarantined over the last week, and that’s affected how the hospital is running.

“At this stage, the emergency department staff that had previously been under quarantine have all tested clear, and they’re back at work, which helps a lot.

“Those staff that are now quarantined – it was necessary because of that large number – for West Morton to initiate the next stage of their internal plans.

“And the common-sense approach to that is to shift staff from the surgical areas, the elective surgery areas, who know the hospital, who know the place, to support what we call the acute area of the hospital – that is, emergency departments, and the acute admissions, medical admissions.

“Those processes are proceeding as normal. Elective surgery has had to have been reduced in recent days – that’s just simple arithmetic,” Doctor Wakefield said.

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