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UPDATE: CQUni says sick nurse visited library numerous times


  • A nurse at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre was tested positive for COVID-19 at 8pm last night
  • The centre is in lockdown, 115 residents and 180 workers are being tested
  • She has been infectious since May 3
  • It is likely the nurse contracted the case from a trip to Brisbane
  • She was not infectious on her flights but may have contracted COVID-19 from another flight passenger
  • Rockhampton's last new case was on March 30
  • The last active case was cleared on May 1
  • Anyone in Rockhampton who has any symptoms is being urged to get tested


  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • Serious symptoms:
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.

On average it takes 5-6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.


UPDATE 9.30PM: It is understood the nurse at the centre of the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre COVID-19 exposure has been suspended

Queensland Health is expected to address the matter in a press conference tomorrow

A FURTHER 32 rapid tests of residents and staff potentially exposed to COVID-19 at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre have come back negative. 

Queensland Health confirmed overall, 63 tests have so far returned negative results. 

Further testing will continue in the next 24 hours. 

UPDATE 5.30PM: REPORTS this afternoon have revealed the nurse at the centre of the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre COVID-19 response had also attended the CQUniversity North Rockhampton campus library multiple times during the infectious period - between May 3 and May 14. 

The library was closed at 4pm today for deep cleaning by Queensland Health.

All students have were notified of the potential exposure via email this afternoon. 

UPDATE 5PM: QUEENSLAND Health has ordered 70 people identified as close contacts of the Rockhampton nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday night to quarantine. 

So far, no further cases of COVID-19 have been recorded at the Rockhampton aged care facility where the nurse tested positive to the disease.

North Rockhampton Nursing Centre remains in lockdown following the confirmed case, the first in Central Queensland since 30 March.

UPDATE 4.15PM: THE first batch of test results for staff and residents potentially exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre have been returned. 

Queensland Health confirmed rapid tests for COVID-19 carried out on 31 people - 23 residents and eight staff members - have come back negative. 

Rapid testing for a further 92 residents and 172 staff members are ongoing. 

Further contact tracing in the Rockhampton community is also underway. 

2.30PM:  LOCAL politicians Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke and Mayor Margaret Strelow were all alarmed to learn about the new COVID-19 case at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre today.

Ms Landry said there questions that needed to be answered by the Queensland Government, given that they ran the facility.

The State LNP are calling for an independent inquiry into how a nurse with COVID-19 was found to be working at the state government-run North Rockhampton Nursing Centre. 

Mayor Strelow has explained what she knows about the new case and added her voice to calls for anyone feeling unwell to be tested.

Read the full story here: Mayor and local MP's respond to Rocky COVID-19 case

10.45AM: THE Rockhampton nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 is believed to have contracted it from a trip to Brisbane.

When asked why the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre nurse went to Brisbane, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said it was confidential information.

Dr Young confirmed when the nurse flew to Brisbane she was not in an infectious period, but may have contracted it from another person on the flight.

Contact tracing is well underway and everyone in Rockhampton who has symptoms is being urged to be tested.

It is understood the nurse was given an exemption by her GP to travel to Brisbane. 

The last new case for Rockhampton was on March 30. 

10.30AM: HEALTH Minister Steven Miles has spoken at a press conference at Townsville about the new Queensland cases.

"We have added two new cases to our total for today and one of those is a dated case from WA and the other is cause for some concern," he said.

"We have a further confirmed case in Rockhampton, the person involved is a nurse at a state-run aged care facility, a North Rockhampton Aged care facility. 

"The result for that test was confirmed at 8pm and the health service has responded very rapidly overnight.

"They have sent a rapid response team from Brisbane and are working to quarantine anyone who has come into contact

"We are testing a large number of people

"Centre is locked down and any staff in contact are in quarantine and have been tested

"The last confirmed case in Rockhampton was on 30th march

"Last active case was considered on the 1st of May

"Things can turn very, very quickly. Someone can return from another part of the state, be tested and be confirmed as infected."

115 residents of the centre are being tested and 180 workers.

It is understood some had been working in the facility while unwell.

Every single person in Rockhampton that has any symptoms at all is being urged to immediately get tested.

10AM: THE Rockhampton nurse who has been tested positive for COVID-19 is believed to have been contagious since May 3, MP Brittany Lauga has said. 

Ms Lauga said it looks like the nurse contracted it from Brisbane.

North Rockhampton Nursing Home outside Cec Pritchard wing.
North Rockhampton Nursing Home outside Cec Pritchard wing. Contributed


It unknown why she was in Brisbane.

The nurse works at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre.

The centre is managed by CQ Health and has 120 beds with residential aged care accommodation for general high care residents, dementia residents, interim care and residential transition care. 

More details are expected soon. 

9.42AM: THE new COVID-19 case in Rockhampton has been reported from the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre.

The new case is one of two new cases in Queensland over the past 24 hours.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Rockhampton case is of "some concern".   More details are expected at 10am at the next press conference. 

Keppel MP Brittany Lauga has confirmed it was a nurse who tested positive overnight.

It is understood she experienced a very mild illness.

Extensive contact tracing is underway.

A rapid response plan has been activated at the centre.

During a post on social media this morning revealing the new case of COVID-19, Ms Brittany Lauga repeated her calls for Rockhampton and Keppel residents take up free testing for Covid19 to help contain the spread if they were experiencing any sort of mild symptoms such as a cough, fever or other acute respiratory symptoms.

She said CQ health authorities have issued a call that the number of tests for coronavirus in our region needs to be multiplied 10-fold.

Ms Lauga said Moranbah, Middlemount and Emerald have amongst the highest rates of testing in Queensland, and the Rockhampton region needs to strive for similarly high rates.

"Put simply, more people need to be tested. This is important in the overall containment of the coronavirus," Ms Lauga said.

"Anyone with mild symptoms such as a cough, fever or other acute respiratory symptoms can get tested for free at fever clinics at Rockhampton and Yeppoon hospitals.

"If you are unwell and you meet the above criteria, you should contact a doctor immediately or present at a fever clinic.

"Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit."

Ms Lauga said the fever clinic tests were also free for international residents and for those who couldn't, or wouldn't, pay to be tested at a GP clinic.

She said while some restrictions will begin to be lifted in Queensland from Saturday 16 May, allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings, everyone needs to continue playing their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community.

"Please continue to follow the recommended advice from Queensland Health and our federal counterparts in regard to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

"Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and stay home if you're sick.

"Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body," said Ms Lauga.

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