Traffic congestion outside the Hervey Bay fever clinic
Traffic congestion outside the Hervey Bay fever clinic

UPDATE: More on Wide Bay link to Covid cluster

Updated 7pm - Wednesday 

Queensland Health has confirmed a case at Bundaberg Hospital. 

They have not clarified why Queensland's CHO referred to the case as being in the "Hervey Bay area".

It's understood the Bundaberg case is however the only case in the Wide Bay area.

It's also understood the test may have been sent from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay for processing, leading to the location confusion. 

Only one Fraser Coast venue has so far been listed in Queensland contact tracing efforts - Oliver's Real Food in Maryborough West on March 25 between 11.50am and 12.09pm. Anyone who visited this place during this time is urged to get tested and quarantine until they return a negative result. 

It's understood the casual contact relates to an earlier confirmed case involving a traveller to the Gladstone region and is not related to the Bundaberg case. 

Update 8.30pm Tuesday:

Ten hours since the state's chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said a case in the Hervey Bay area was under investigation, Queensland Health has yet to provide clarification on the background. 

The Chronicle understands the only Wide Bay link is a woman is a Bundaberg woman who tested positive and is currently in isolation at Bundaberg hospital. 

Queensland Health has been asked to clarify where the link to Hervey Bay came from. 

It can be confirmed however that as of 8.30pm Tuesday, no sites in the Fraser Coast region had been identified via contact tracing as potential exposure sites. 

It's understood the Wide Bay woman who contracted the virus was part of a hen's party at Byron Bay which was also attended by a Covid-19 positive nurse who works at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital. 

It's understood she drove straight back to the Wide Bay after being alerted to the risk and self-isolated before being admitted to Bundaberg hospital (something which is a requirement under current rules whether the illness is severe enough to warrant hospital treatment). 

The Chronicle understands it's possible the sample may have been taken in Bundaberg and sent to Hervey Bay's rapid response lab for confirmation, causing the confusion regarding the region the test was linked to however, again, Queensland Health has not responded to repeated requests for information. 

UPDATE 10am: 

The case which is understood to have returned a positive result in the Wide Bay has been linked to a cluster where a nurse contracted the virus at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital. 

She and her sister were part of a hen's party which travelled to Byron Bay. The Chronicle understands the woman, had also been at the party. 

It's also understood the woman is not a Hervey Bay local as has been widely reported but is from the Wide Bay region and is currently in isolation at Bundaberg hospital. 

Contact tracing is underway however, the Chronicle understands the woman became aware of the risk while still down south and as a result made minimal, if any, stops between there and home before being tested and self-isolating. 

The Wide Bay region remains on a alert because of its proximity to Brisbane and the volume of travellers passing through.

More to come. 

EARLIER: At least one test carried out in the Wide Bay in recent days has returned a positive result and is under investigation, the Chronicle understands.

This is after a mammoth testing operation across the state saw 14,589 samples taken and only eight new cases linked to two clusters.

The Chronicle understands that while the positive test may have been taken at Hervey Bay, the person is being treated at Bundaberg hospital.

The Chronicle has asked Queensland Health for clarification including a list of any potential contact tracing sites of concern and is awaiting a response.

Queensland Health Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday that Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Gladstone, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay in NSW remained at risk of outbreaks because of people travelling.

On Monday there was heavy traffic at the St Stephen's Hospital fever clinic and drivers are again today being asked to avoid the area where possible.

The fever clinic is open until 4.30pm.

More to come.



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