No new COVID-19 cases despite earlier confirmation report
UPDATE: Queensland Health stated there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Rockhampton today despite Keppel MP Brittany Lauga stating there were two new cases in Rockhampton earlier today (see below).
A Queensland Health release tonight stated that there had only been four cases in Central Queensland to date.
Ms Lauga said she had taken the previous information from a "reliable source" in the health system.
Earlier today the MP made calls to streamline the distribution of information to the public, arguing Central Queensland health and Hospital Services should have the authority to deliver the news on local cases.
Qld Health has previously explained reasons for delays in confirming results after testing possible patients.
"The time between an initial positive testing result of COVID-19 and a public declaration of a confirmed case can take between 12-48 hours," Qld Health said.
"This is because it is critical to ensure a patient has returned a true positive result before enacting a help of a public health unit, or asking an individual and their close contacts to isolate.
"Occasionally, this may mean testing the patient more than once to avoid a false positive, or a false negative result."
"Additionally, the testing and reporting cycle can mean cases can be confirmed overnight, and publicly reported the following day.
"We understand members of the community might feel concerned about the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their area."
HHS* Total confirmed cases to date
Cairns and Hinterland 6
Central Queensland 4
Central West 0
Darling Downs 15
Gold Coast 79
Metro North 111
Metro South 97
North West 0
South West 0
Sunshine Coast 46
Torres and Cape 0
West Moreton 13
Wide Bay 6
INITIAL:Two new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Rockhampton after the statewide daily total hit 78.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga confirmed the two cases are directly related to the three cases confirmed yesterday.
The two new cases are quarantined at home.
It is understood health authorities are confident their contact with the public has been minimal, thus not requiring a community health alert.
The latest cases lifts the total Central Queensland COVID-19 cases to six.
For more information to follow.