27 May | Blackwater fatality

Sadly, a 30-year-old man was found deceased in his home yesterday afternoon. Late last night, a post-mortem COVID-19 test returned a positive result.

Today, Queensland Health is setting up a fever clinic at Blackwater. Anyone in the community with symptoms should come forward today to be tested. Further details of how to access the fever clinic are provided below.

The death has been reported to the Coroner, who will ultimately determine the cause of death, but it is being treated seriously.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has mobilised a response team to deal with the issue, including containing the virus, stopping the spread, continuing the care and supporting residents and staff.

The local Public Health Unit is rapidly isolating and testing anyone identified as a close contact.

This is an early, robust and coordinated response to mitigate the spread and effect and support the facility and the community during recovery.

Queensland Police Service and Queensland Ambulance Service staff who attended the scene yesterday have gone into quarantine.

The man’s partner has tested negative but remains in quarantine and detailed contact tracing is being undertaken.

The man has not attended work since November 2019 and was not a BHP employee.

Queensland Health have begun extensive contact tracing related to the deceased person and his partner and any persons from Blackwater area with symptoms are encouraged to come forward and have a COVID-19 test.

The media announcement made by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Chief Health Officer this morning can be viewed here.

Blackwater Fever Clinic information

(https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/covid-19/fever-clinics)

Blackwater Fever Clinic

*Testing is available by appointment at Blackwater Hospital by phoning 4920 5800 for Wednesday 27 May only (open from midday).

**Fever clinic commences Thursday 28 May 2020 at 8.00am at the location below.

8am – 4pm, 7 days per week

Phone: 4920 5800

Location: Blackwater Rodeo Grounds, Turpentine Street (between the speedway and showgrounds)

  • Phone ahead for an appointment time. You’ll be asked to provide your personal details over the phone so we can prepare for your appointment before you arrive.
  • Bring your mobile phone with you and make sure it’s fully charged. Only bring people with you in the car if they also have an appointment to be tested.
  • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
  • Follow the signs and remain in your car at all times (unless directed otherwise).
  • Follow instructions on where to park while waiting to be tested. Please turn off the engine when you park.
  • You will be tested in your car and provided advice on what to do next, including self-isolation.

Other local respiratory clinics are available through GP practices at: