Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young. Pic Annette Dew
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young. Pic Annette Dew

Wife of Ipswich man with COVID-19 also tests positive

THE wife of the Ipswich man who was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday is Queensland's latest confirmed case.

Health Minister Steven Miles said she is the only new case in the state today as Queenslanders rushed to get tested.

She works at the Bolton Clarke aged care facility in Pinjarra Hills.

The facility, which is home to 105 residents looked after by 150 staff, was already in lockdown.

It's believed her husband, from Bellbird Park, came into contact with relatives who dined at a Sunnybank restaurant last week at the same time as the positive case announced earlier this week.

She is aged in her 30s.

Mr Miles said 11,561 people across the state got tested yesterday, which was a new record for Queensland.

He urged anyone feeling unwell to get tested and not to panic if they were in the same location as a positive case.

"It says that people, particularly on the south side and out towards Ipswich, did what we asked them to and that was go and get tested," he said.

"There's no need to panic.

"I'd urge anyone who needs to get tested today, still get tested. Don't let those waits put you off."

Mr Miles said long wait times seen yesterday had been reduced but to consider visiting a different location if one testing area was particularly busy.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the Ipswich couple who tested positive in the past two days have been "model citizens."

She said they had done their part in minimising the spread with the man getting tested even before news broke of the two teenagers who returned from Melbourne and later tested positive.

"They have been unbelievably fantastic," she said.

"He went out and got himself tested because he was unwell before any of this was out there in the community.

"He was a really fantastic person and similarly with his partner.

"We've had no other cases confirmed which is fantastic news because more than 11,000 people came forward to be tested which is the best response I could possibly imagine.

"We are testing enough people so we should be able to pick up any other cases."