56 people in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, which includes Gympie, have tested positive for coronavirus.
56 people in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, which includes Gympie, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus Gympie: 8 new cases take Coast total to 64

UPDATE

Queensland Health have confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, which includes the Gympie region, this afternoon.

Those eight cases have contributed to 62 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across Queensland, raising the state total to 555 as of Friday afternoon.

“Contact tracing is underway for the 62 new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required,” Queensland Health reported.

“We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community. Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

“Critically, make sure you are practicing good hygiene and staying 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 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.”

Queensland Health have so far been unable to verify how many SCHHS coronavirus casis either originated in or have connections to Gympie.

EARLIER

FOUR new confirmed cases of coronavirus have taken the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service’s total to 56, as Queensland approaches 500 total cases.

The SCHHS, which includes the Gympie region, had 56 total confirmed cases when Queensland Health released its latest update yesterday afternoon.

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46 new cases across Queensland took the state total to 443.

So far Queensland Health has been unable to verify how many SCHHS cases either originated in or have connections with Gympie.

Queensland Health yesterday revealed a person who spent three days at Noosa earlier this month and visited three popular venues tested positive to COVID-19.

“Contact tracing is underway for the 46 new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required,” a Queensland Health statement read.

“The majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas.

“The number of confirmed cases we see each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state.”

Gympie’s first coronavirus case was confirmed last Friday afternoon after a parent within the Victory College community tested positive to the disease.

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