Qld virus death sends officials into spin

Qld health minister Steven Miles says an ill nurse is unlikely to have infected a man who died.
Qld health minister Steven Miles says an ill nurse is unlikely to have infected a man who died.

LINKS BETWEEN A DEAD QUEENSLAND MAN AND A SICK ROCKHAMPTON NURSE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 ARE BEING INVESTIGATED.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

* Nathan Turner, a 30-year-old miner in the town of Blackwater, was found dead in his home on Tuesday.

* He is the youngest person in Australia to die from COVID-19 and while his partner has symptoms, she has so far tested negative.

* A nurse in Rockhampton, 200km away, was the first case in central Queensland.

* She is suspended and under investigation because she kept going to work at an aged care facility while showing symptoms.

HOW ARE THE CASES CONNECTED?

* The nurse told health officials she made a 400km round trip to Blackwater while she was sick to see the sun set before Mr Turner died.

* She also said she didn't come into contact with anyone while she was there.

* Steven Miles, the Deputy Premier and Health Minister, says she is unlikely to have been the source of MrTurner's illness but that there is a possible link.

DOES THAT MEAN THERE IS COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION?

* Mr Turner hadn't left the town of Blackwater since February.

* Dr Jeannette Young, the state's Chief Health Officer, won't rule out community transmission.

* Health officials have traced 20 people Nathan Turner came into contact with, most of whom were from Blackwater, and those tested have so far returned negative results.

WHAT ARE OFFICIALS DOING?

* Three fever clinics have been set up in Blackwater to test the 4,700 locals.

* Sewage testing has been ordered to help quantify infection levels.

* The town has a large fly-in, fly-out workforce, which is also being worked through.

Australian Associated Press