No more positive cases in Rockhampton after aged care nurse worked while infectious with COVID-19 – but “not out of the woods”

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To quote Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles, it would seem to be a “miracle”.

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, despite hundreds of residents, staff and members of the local community being tested for the virus in Rockhampton following a positive test result for an Enrolled Nurse working as a receptionist at the Government-run North Rockhampton Nursing Centre last week.

The home remains under lockdown as more testing of residents and staff is carried out, while two investigations are now underway into how the nurse contracted the virus and why she was at work while awaiting her results.

Mr Miles has told ABC Radio Brisbane the results are heartening, but they will continue to monitor the situation.

“We’re not out of the woods, we know it can take some time before people develop this virus and so we’ll continue to keep those residents isolated, we’ll continue to test them every four days and just make sure that nobody has contracted the virus,” he said.