The first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bundaberg has been confirmed by Queensland Health.
Queensland Health has reported that a 48 year old female is being managed by the Wide Bay region Public Health unit after being confirmed with COVID-19.
This takes the state total to 46 which includes 3 passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.
Queensland Health can confirm all cases remain isolated in appropriate accommodation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all patients are currently stable.
Contact tracing is well underway.
Public Health Units have been able to confirm the majority have travelled overseas or have had exposure to a confirmed cases.
Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.
LDMG chair calls for calm
As chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, incumbent Mayor Jack Dempsey has called for calm.
“I wish to reassure the community that Council has contingencies to maintain essential services such as rubbish collection, water and sewerage,” he said.
“We proved during the 2013 floods that we can keep our community safe in adverse circumstances.
“Stay calm and follow the advice of health experts. Don’t panic.”
5 ways to help stop spread of viruses
Queensland Health has this advice for stopping the spread of the virus:
- Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
- Stay home if you are unwell.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell – try to stay 1.5m away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
- More information can be found here.
Queensland Health states that if anyone has been overseas in the past 14 days and feels unwell, they should see a doctor immediately.
They should ensure they call ahead to their GP to let them know they're coming, so they can prepare and provide instructions.
Anyone with concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website.
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