Rabecca Goddard at work in the fever clinic set up at the Recreational Precinct.
Rabecca Goddard at work in the fever clinic set up at the Recreational Precinct.

How experts responded to Bundy COVID-19 case

NO NEW cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the region since a farm worker tested positive nearly two weeks ago.

The worker, who flew from Melbourne to work on a farm, is said to be "doing well in home isolation".

Since the case broke contact tracing has been completed and all people associated with the farm have been tested.

The NewsMail understands 28 people identified as close contacts of the confirmed case were quarantined and have been undergoing further testing.

Further testing has also been offered to other workers, although they are all considered to be low risk.

All results returned have so far been negative. The incubation period for COVID is two weeks.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service CEO Debbie Carroll said the organisation was able to initiated a swift response to deal with the case.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services CEO Debbie Carroll.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services CEO Debbie Carroll.

"Twenty people were mobilised by the Public Health Unit (PHU) to concentrate solely on this case, with role including contact tracing, notifying patients of test results, providing public health advice and providing support to the farm and its workers," she said.

"Many of these are current employees of the PHU, but others are WBHHS employees from other areas who have been trained to assist as required.

Ms Carroll said others were involved in the effort, including clinical and support staff involved in fever clinics, as well pathology, operational services, patient transport and communications staff.

"This case once again shows we have experts in their fields whose rapid responses have helped to protect our wider community," she said.

Ms Carroll said their Bundaberg fever clinic had seen an increase in testing since the latest confirmed case, and they encouraged this.

"Testing remains one of our key tactics in finding and containing community transmission," she said.

On June 6 there were 241 presentations at the clinic, including the 187 tested in relation to the farm worker. Since then there have been 400 presentations.

Testing is available for anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, such as runny nose, fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat, loss of sense or taste or shortness of breath.

The Bundaberg Fever Clinic is at the Recreation Precinct and is open 9.30am to 5.30pm, seven days a week; call ahead on 4303 8240.

 

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