30 March 2021 | COVID-19 Testing

Extensive contact tracing is currently being undertaken by Queensland Health and the Central Queensland Public Health Unit as a result of positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Brisbane and Gladstone.

As well, Queensland Health and CQ Health have been made aware that some employer mines are requiring mine staff to be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result before returning to work.

This is not a requirement under the CHO Directions however, it is appreciated that this may be an employer preference.

Public testing centres and regional hospitals such as Blackwater Hospital have been swamped with persons requesting a COVID-19 test and these facilities do not have the capacity to cope with the volume of requests. If this continues, the testing process and obtaining results will become gridlocked.

Resource companies should make arrangements with private pathology service providers or a general practice medical centre for these tests.

As an absolute priority, individuals who have been to the listed locations on the specified date and time need to get tested immediately and follow public health advice.

Contact tracing — coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

Please refer to the CHO Directions web page for the latest updates at:

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers