The Rockhampton nurse could have been a source of coronavirus that killed the 30-year-old man in Blackwater
A nurse who has violated travel restrictions may be the source of infection leading to the death of a 30-year-old man – the youngest and last victim of the coronavirus in Australia.
The miner, from Blackwater in Central Queensland, died at his home on Tuesday.
He had a complicated medical history and had COVID-19 symptoms for weeks, but only tested positive for the virus after his death.
Authorities are now investigating whether an unwell nurse at the North Rockhampton Nursing Center is the source of the miner’s infection.
The 52-year-old nurse broke health conditions when driving 195 km west to Blackwater for her free time before testing positive for COVID-19, the Courier post reported.
Authorities are now investigating whether an unwell person working as a receptionist at the North Rockhampton Nursing Center (pictured) is the source of the miner’s infection
Obviously, the nurse and miner don’t know each other, but health officials are investigating the possibility of community transfer
The two-hour trip was a violation of travel restrictions. Queenslanders can take day trips up to 150 km from their home for essential reasons only.
Obviously, the nurse and miner don’t know each other, but health officials are investigating the possibility of community transfer.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk from Queensland has already publicly reprimanded the nurse for going to work with symptoms and not waiting to get her results back.
In an earlier interview with contact-detecting health authorities, the woman provided details about her drive.
The miner had not traveled outside his hometown of Blackwater since February and had stopped working since February due to an injury.
His partner came home from work on Tuesday around 4:30 pm and found him alone and unresponsive.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk from Queensland has already publicly reprimanded the nurse for going to work with symptoms and not waiting to get her results back
Australia had the lowest number of new cases since March 6 on Sunday as closing measures continue to reduce transmission of the deadly coronavirus
The 30-year-old miner is said to have worked in the BHP Blackwater coal mine, where a false positive result in mid-April caused an employee to be incorrectly registered as a confirmed case
She called an ambulance who declared him dead when they arrived.
The man had exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 before this death, but it was only confirmed that he had the virus in a post-mortem test.
He is said to have worked at the BHP Blackwater coal mine, where a false positive result in mid-April caused an employee to be incorrectly registered as a confirmed case.
Health authorities believe the last victim of COVID-19 was a passenger on the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise liner, who had a deadly outbreak on board in mid-March.
At a news conference on Wednesday morning, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the man appeared to have been ill for weeks.
“He has a complicated medical history and needs to be worked on,” she said. “Age is not a total predictor of people who are going to do badly.
“The other thing is that we don’t know the impact of the other medical problems he had. That’s something the coroner should look at.
“Whether COVID-19 was the cause of his death or not, we report.”
The man’s partner started to show symptoms and has since passed on to Rockhampton Hospital where she will be isolated and further tested.
The police and ambulance officers who were on site are now also in quarantine.
His partner worked in retail and the Queensland government is now conducting contact investigations.
The victim has stopped working since November and has not left the central city of Queensland since February. Blackwater has a population of approximately 4,500 people.
Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes said workers commuting from other central communities in Queensland or from outside the region could have brought the virus into Blackwater.
However, the case isn’t the first in Central Queensland, with an elderly nurse testing positive in Rockhampton earlier this month.
Health authorities are concerned that the man has never been tested for the virus and are urging anyone living in Blackwater who has symptoms of COVID-19 to present a testing clinic immediately.
Health Secretary Steven Miles said fever clinics are being set up in Blackwater and Emerald – an hour’s drive to the west.
“This message is especially important to the guys out there,” Miles said.
“I know that sometimes men ward off their illness, they don’t go to get medical attention, but we urge everyone, everyone in Queensland, but especially everyone in Blackwater, who has symptoms to test.
“I have four planes on the ground, two in Townsville and two in Brisbane, which we can use to pick up anyone who is a confirmed case and move them to Rockhampton or Brisbane.”
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said that anyone with flu-like symptoms – no matter how small – should be tested.
There are 7,134 cases of coronavirus known in Australia, including 6,553 who recovered and 103 who died
The victim has stopped working since November and has not left the central city of Queensland since February. Blackwater has a population of approximately 4,500 people
“It’s also a timely reminder for all Queenslanders that this COVID is real, it’s out there,” she said.
“Blackwater has never had a case of COVID.”
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga confirmed that the deceased man was a miner who had stopped working since November.
“My deepest condolences and condolences go to the miner who lived in Blackwater and his family who unfortunately lost a father and uncle, a cousin and a friend who was undoubtedly much loved by his family,” she said.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,142
New South Wales: 3,092
Western Australia: 570
South Australia: 440
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7.142
“I’m sure we’ll get more information when the test results come back and contact tracing gets underway. This only happened yesterday afternoon.
“Today is a sad day for Central Queensland and indeed a sad day for Blackwater – our thoughts are with you.”
The man’s death is because one of Australia’s top health authorities boasted that the nation had effectively struck the virus.
Dr. Kerry Chant, New South Wales Chief Health Officer, told state politicians that the ban on international travel and the state’s grip on social distances meant it was well placed to counter further outbreaks of the virus and prevent a second wave .
There is only one coronavirus patient in intensive care in the entire state – and only five nationwide as of Tuesday.
A total of 30 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the country.
The death toll in Australia is now 103.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted BHP for comment.