First Douglas cases of COVID-19 confirmed
The Douglas Shire's first confirmed cases of COVID-19 are believed to be from two Mossman residents who had recently returned from overseas where they contracted the virus.
The pair are being treated in isolation.
Queensland Health has now recorded 12 cases of COVID-19 across the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service. If a health alert is required Queensland Health will notify the public.
The Douglas Shire has recorded its first case of COVID-19 after two patients were sent from Mossman Hospital to Cairns Hospital yesterday.
Mossman Hospital has been testing people with symptoms who have recently travelled overseas or have had contact with someone who has, with any suspicious cases currently being transferred to Cairns Hospital.
Newsport has learnt this afternoon that the results of two patients sent to Cairns have now come back positive for COVID-19.
An official confirmation from Queensland Health is yet to be published, however, Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.
There are currently 12 confirmed cases in the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service.
Queensland has 50 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today raising the state total to 493 according to the official Queensland Health tally.
Queensland Health said all Hospital and Health Services across the state have strategies and plans in place to respond to COVID-19 and ensure adequate supplies, equipment, staff and contingencies across all hospitals, including in the Douglas Shire.
“The community can rest assured that all necessary work is going on to best prepare for local outbreaks of COVID-19,” Queensland Health said.
The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS), which includes Mossman Hospital, began preparing in January for the COVID-19 response across all of its hospitals.
The situation is rapidly evolving and CHHHS is involved in meetings every day at a state, regional and local level to coordinate the response and forward plan.
Queenslanders are reminded that they play an enormous role in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
The more everyone follows the advice to wash their hands and stay home when they’re sick, the fewer people will catch novel coronavirus.
You can protect yourself by washing your hands often and properly, staying home when you’re sick, and staying 1.5 metres away from people.
Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and has a fever or any respiratory symptoms to see a doctor immediately. Please call ahead to the GP surgery and let them know your symptoms and travel history, this will help them prepare for your arrival.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
Newsport Community Service Support:
Business support line:
business.gov.au | 13 28 46
Small or medium business with reduced cash flow?
Here’s what we’re doing to boost your cash flow.
Is your business financially distressed?
This is what we’re doing to support you.
Assisting the economic recovery
Here’s how we’ll support you to grow.
Employ an apprentice or trainee?
This support is for you.
Are you a sole trader that has lost business?
This is what we’re doing to support you and your business.
Household finances hit by reduced work?
Here’s what we’re doing to help support your family budget.
Letters to the Editor. Do you have an opinion or point of view you'd like to share on one of our stories or a community issue? Please submit here.
* Readers are encouraged to use their full details to ensure letter legitimacy. Letters are the opinions of readers and do not represent the views of Newsport or its staff. Letters containing unlawful, obscene, defamatory or abusive material will not be published.
Got a great news tip or video? We'd love to see it. Send news tips to editornewsport.comau
* Comments are the opinions of readers and do not represent the views of Newsport or its staff.
Reader comments on this site are moderated before publication to promote valuable, civil, and healthy community debate. Our moderation takes into consideration these guidelines and rules before comments are approved for publication.