Second day of zero cases of COVID-19 plus contact tracing for Ipswich

Queensland has recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row with three new cases reported on Saturday.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said the three cases from Saturday were all contacts of previously confirmed infections and were in quarantine.

Health Minister Steven Miles said there are currently 30 actives with 19 being managed by West Moreton Health.

Testing on Sunday was at 2,934 when Minister Miles said was we below the goal of 5,000 to 10,000 per day.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it is still too early to relax.

“There is ongoing risk of transmission particularly in the Ipswich area,” Dr Young said.

“So I’m asking the people of Goodna, Redbank Plains and Redbank if they have any symptoms at all it is really important they come forward and get tested.

“We are looking additional clinics in place. You can attend any clinic.

“If you live in those locations or have been in those locations in the last 14 days, in particular with any symptoms then get tested.”

Dr Young said there was good news that the residents of the aged care home at Laidley have all come back negative and there was good news from the prisons and youth detention centre clusters, but that there were still some chains of transmission that need to be capped off.

“This is a disease we are learning more about every day,” Dr Young said.

“We are eight months in and we are learning a lot more.

“We are learning this is not a disease of the respiratory system. 

Queensland Health released more locations on the Contact Tracing alerts for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Anyone who has been to the following locations at these times should monitor their health and, if they develop even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

See here for the full list.

  • St Edmund’s College in Ipswich in the morning and afternoon of 7 September.
  • Hungry Jack’s Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Centre from 8pm to 1am on 8 September.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.

Fever clinics and testing locations:

For the latest contact tracing locations click here.

For information about COVID-19 in other languages, click here.

“That might be how it is transmitted in the main but it is not flu, it affects every cell in the body and leave lasting problems for different organs in the body whether it be the heart, kidneys, brain.

“It’s really important that we minimise the number of people who get this disease, not just die from it.

“That is why we have the very strict protocols in Queensland for quarantine. This is about people not getting this disease.”

Dr Young acknowledged it had taken an enormous toll on her but that this has taken an enormous toll on everyone in the community.

“Every single person in Queensland has had to give up an awful lot and we can’t see a clear end to this so we are all going to have to work this through together and work out how we can manage this as we go forward,” Dr Young said.

“We’ve done more then a million test to date and every single time, that person is giving up their freedom while they wait for a result.”

Minister Miles said while we have recorded zero cases here in Queensland overnight, globally the World Health Organisation have recorded more new cases of COVID-19 than any other day in this pandemic.

“It is not over, it hasn’t even peaked yet,” he said.

‘While sometimes it might feel like it’s passed here in Queensland because we have done so well, we need to remember globally this pandemic is still getting worse, more people are still dying.”

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