No active COVID-19 cases as students return to school

THERE are officially no active coronavirus cases in the Wide Bay health region.

The welcome news was announced over the weekend on the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Facebook page.

"This is a combination of the hard work of our public health and hospital teams, as well as all of you in the community playing your part through good hygiene and physical distancing," the post read.

The post went on to warn against complacency.

"Please continue to follow the advice from our state and federal authorities with regard to physical distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing," it read.

"Critically, make sure you continue to practise good hygiene and stay home if you're sick. Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.

"Queensland's testing criteria has been expanded so that anyone in the state who has a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms can get tested."

There have been a total of 24 confirmed cases in the Wide Bay health region.

Ten of those cases were recorded on the Fraser Coast, with the majority coming from overseas.

All 24 cases have recovered, coinciding with the relaxation of social distancing restrictions over the weekend.

It also comes as more students prepare to head back to school after weeks of learning from home.

A post on the Hervey Bay State High School Facebook page said staff were ready to welcome Year 11 and 12 student back today.

"We are keen to see how much you have covered while at home learning for the past few weeks," the post read.

Students in Years 7-10 will continue learning from home for now.

"Sometimes it is too easy to focus on the negatives of a situation and the positives can be forgotten," the post read.

"It has been hard and continues to be for Years 7-10 for a few more weeks but the skills and knowledge students are developing during this time (beyond their set curriculum) will serve them well for the rest of their lives."

Maryborough State High School is also ready for senior students to return to class.

A post on its Facebook page announced the addition of a specialised quiet study space in the school's historic Girls Grammar Building.

"The school is open for all Year 11 and 12 students, as well as the students of essential workers or vulnerable students in other grades," it read.

"All other students are to continue working from home until May 25."



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