Queensland Health confirmed the number of Covid-19 cases in the Mackay region has increased. Photo: David Crosling
Queensland Health confirmed the number of Covid-19 cases in the Mackay region has increased. Photo: David Crosling

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A NEW patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Mackay region.

The person had returned to the area from an overseas trip and was self isolating when the symptoms occurred.

The latest patient brings the region's tally to 13, as the number of cases in Queensland jumps to 934.

Of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service total, two have recovered, two remain in hospital and nine have been admitted to a virtual ward.

There is no evidence of community transmission.

It comes just days after a drastic spike in coronavirus cases in the region.

On Thursday April 2, Mackay Hospital and Health Services confirmed there were four new Covid-19 patients.

The spike originated in the Whitsundays, with all patients either recently returned home from overseas or were close contacts.

All had been in home quarantine when they fell ill and tested positive.

The following day, as Health Minister Steven Miles and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young toured Mackay Base Hospital, authorities confirmed the region's tally had climbed again, to 12 patients.

Queensland Health Steven Miles and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young speak at a press conference at the Mackay Base Hospital. Picture: Tony Martin
Queensland Health Steven Miles and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young speak at a press conference at the Mackay Base Hospital. Picture: Tony Martin

 

 

Of the dozen confirmed cases, nine were considered active and three were being treated in hospital.

Two people were being at Mackay Base Hospital and one at Proserpine Hospital.

None of them are in the intensive care unit.

It is understood the majority of Mackay region cases were connected to people who had properly followed health protocols.

Mackay Base Hospital Emergency Department staff Administration Officer Heather Ryan, Operational Officer Jenny Sutton, Registered Nurses Lorna Stewart and Cherie Tickner and Dr Eloise Middleton.
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Most had done the right thing in self-isolating on their return from an overseas trip and on becoming unwell followed the recommended protocols for safe testing, which returned positive results.

The glaring exception was the region's first positive case, UK tourist Amy Bowley, who defied health orders to self-isolate after being tested for the virus in Sydney and wilfully holidayed at Hamilton Island knowing she could be infectious.

Her travelling companion, who was removed from the island at the same time, was the region's second confirmed case.

Ms Bowley was removed and quarantine at Mackay Base Hospital.

On her release she was picked up by Border Force and placed in a detention centre before being booted out of the country.

 

 

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Queensland Health has removed contact tracing alerts for six flights into the Mackay region connected to earlier flights.

The alerts warned some passengers on the infected flights self-isolate for 14 days and contact a doctor immediately if unwell.

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The latest confirmed case comes as the Mackay community adapts to the new norm during the pandemic.

While many businesses have been forced to close their doors, others are chasing new strategies to keep customers happy amid coronavirus fears.

 

 



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