5 things you need to know about Blackwater virus death


CENTRAL Queensland residents were sent into shock this morning after it was revealed a man in Blackwater had died while ill with coronavirus.

The 30-year-old man, who had a complex medical history with many underlying conditions, died on Tuesday afternoon.

A COVID-19 test carried out as part of his autopsy revealed he was positive for the virus.

As the community comes to grips with the tragedy, here are five things you need to know right now.

1) The man was a miner, as confirmed by Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, but had not been to work since November 2019.

2) The man had not left Blackwater since February. His wife has been tested and has returned an initial negative result. She will be retested.

3) It is unknown where the man caught the virus. Contact tracing is underway to determine where he caught it, and for those who have been in close contact with him while he has been unwell. CQ Health has established an Incident Management Team to oversee the response. Its aim, as always, is to mitigate the spread and effect and support the facility and the community during recovery. Contact tracing is underway, and any close contact will be directed to quarantine.

4) All CQ residents who have any COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately. Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service is establishing a fever clinic in Blackwater, at the Blackwater Rodeo Grounds tomorrow, May 28 from 8am, to support residents. Anyone with any flu-like symptoms - fever (or history of fever), respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) - is urged to have a COVID-19 test.

Call 4920 5800 (6am-6pm) to book an appointment - testing will be available at Blackwater Hospital today 27 May. Anyone tested should remain in isolation until they get a negative result and their symptoms have resolved for 24 hours. C

5) Shortly after the case was confirmed, Blackwater Police made an announcement.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the counter of the Blackwater Police Station will be closed until further notice," they said.

"Police will still be conducting patrols in our community and can be contacted for non-urgent matters by calling Policelink on 131 444.

"For all urgent matters, please call triple-0 (000).

"JP services are available at the Blackwater Magistrates Court, Blain Street, Blackwater (next door to the Police Station)."

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