Queensland has one new case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to report today, bringing total cases to 1,085.
The new case recently returned from overseas via New South Wales and is in quarantine.
Queensland Health is in the process of contacting people from Jetstar flight JQ790 Sydney to Maroochydore on 31 July 2020.
Queensland currently has 13 active COVID-19 cases. Seven of these cases are in hospital.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles thanked the community for their cooperation and patience.
“Over the past 24 hours, we’ve conducted more than 11,000 tests. This includes testing of staff and residents at the Bolton Clarke aged care facility at Pinjarra Hills,” he said.
“I thank Queenslanders and visitors to Queensland for coming forward and for your patience. I know some of the pop-up clinics have been busy over the past few days, and some people have had to wait to be tested.
“What you are doing is essential to limit any potential spread of COVID-19. Getting tested helps us find any cases in the community as quickly as possible.
“This ensures we are doing everything we can to manage the pandemic.”
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young encouraged people to continue coming forward for testing if they have developed any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, especially if they have been in Logan, South Brisbane or Springfield or interstate in the past 14 days.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, and fatigue.
“There are testing facilities right across the state including fever clinics, GPs and pop up clinics,” Dr Young said.
“It’s really important if you’re showing any symptoms at all to get tested.
“The most important message is: Feeling sick? Stay home. Get tested.
“I also strongly encourage people to stay 1.5 metres away from other people as much as possible, wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser often, and leave a location if it is crowded,” she said.
Dr Young added that the list of suburbs with increased restrictions for residential aged care facilities had been expanded to continue protecting our most vulnerable Queenslanders.
“The expanded list comes into effect from midday today and covers all aged care facilities in the Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City and Scenic Rim Regional Local Government Areas,” she said.
“This means these facilities are not permitted to accept visitors due to the increased risk of infection. There will also be an increase in screening for COVID-19 and a limitation on staff transfers between facilities,” she said.
The Queensland Health website now includes detailed information by Local Government Area on the number of active and recovered COVID-19 cases, likely source of infection, age and gender breakdowns of cases and number of self-quarantine notices. You can access this information at www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-data.