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Authorities still investigating Ipswich case of COVID-19

Additional testing is underway to confirm Wednesday’s COVID-19 Ipswich case, with the State Government saying the woman’s additional testing has come back with mixed results.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said on Thursday morning the test results for a 68-year-old Ipswich woman are still being investigated.

“There is some mystery around it there is no obvious links to a source case,” he said.

“She certainly tested positive on that first test and that is why we reported it, we did additional test after that and it’s had mixed results.

“That subsequent test came back negative so we are working though what has happened there.

“The serology will tell us for sure. We would expect that back today.”

Contact tracing is still underway and authorities are urging anyone advised by Queensland Health to self isolate to continue doing so.

Zero new cases were confirmed by Queensland Health across the state for Thursday, 6 August.

Queensland borders are already closed to Victoria and Greater Sydney.

From 1am this Saturday, border restrictions will expand to include New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

West Moreton Health encourages people to continue coming forward for testing if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.

“Queenslanders and visitors to Queensland are also encouraged 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,” Dr Freeman said.

“There are several ways to be tested, including drop-in and drive-through clinics or by appointment.

“You can also see your GP for a referral to a private pathology lab or phone 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to discuss your symptoms.”

Fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Hospital and Health Services that assess people who may be infected with COVID-19.

These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres.

This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.

Testing is free.

Testing and Fever Clinics in Ipswich

Springfield Popup Testing Clinic – Western carpark of Orion Springfield Central shopping centre (behind Target) on Sirius Drive. This clinic is open each day this week (until Friday 7 August) from 9am until 4pm. Children under five years of age must be taken to a permanent clinic for testing. Bring food and water in case of a long wait.

Mater Private Hospital at Springfield – open from 8am until 4pm today (Wednesday, 5 August). This walk-in only COVID-19 testing clinic is located in the Main Hospital car park, off Healthcare Drive. Testing there is available for all age groups, including children. The Mater walk-in clinic is an outdoor clinic, so remember to be sun safe – or bring an umbrella if it is raining.

Ipswich Hospital Fever Clinic – (drop-in only), Jubilee Building, near Emergency Department entrance off Chelmsford Ave, Ipswich.

Kambu – Booval at 3, 160 Brisbane Rd Booval.

Booking available from 8.30am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

To make a booking call 0408 699 432.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology – Dedicated COVID-19 centre, patients must present with a valid request form at Unit 2, 10 Churchill St (corner Warwick Rd) Ipswich.

Booking available from 6.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays and from 6.30am until 11am on Saturdays. Bookings are not required.

Health Matters Karalee GP Respiratory Clinic – Anyone wishing to be seen at the respiratory clinic needs to make an appointment. For bookings or more information phone 07 3812 3133 or book online via https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/chuwarQLD-4306/ipswich-chuwar-respiratory-clinic/doctors or you can access hotdoc.com.au and search Ipswich Respiratory Clinic.

Address: 19-27 Junction Rd Chuwar. Hours from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Flinders Peak Medical Centre Booking by appointment only at 355 Boonah Rd, Purga, from 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until noon on the weekend (excluding public holidays). Bookings can be made by calling 07 5464 6765.

For more information about respiratory and fever clinics, including hours of operation, visit the West Moreton Health website and the Darling Downs West Moreton PHN website.

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