CQ miner free of COVID-19 feeling ‘very grateful’

THE people of Central Queensland have been able to breath a huge sigh of relief after it was revealed the test result was wrong for the Blackwater miner who was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Jubilant Keppel MP Brittany Lauga broke the good news that there had been a "false positive" with the pathology results.

She said the news was confirmed to her by the Central Queensland Health Service Chief Executive Steve Williamson.

"This means there has been no detected community transmission in Central Queensland," Mr Williamson said.

"This error occurred outside of Central Queensland and I have requested assurances regarding governance processes.

"Central Queensland has had 8 COVID-19 positives with six recovered and two active - both in a stable condition in home isolation under the care of our virtual ward.

"As advised by CQ Health, we are pleased this means there has been no community transmission in Central Queensland."

The Blackwater Mine said in a statement that its miner was very grateful to be cleared of COVID-19, and was " happily spending time with his family at home in the Rockhampton region".

"His colleagues who he had interactions with outside of work, and had also been in isolation as a precaution, have also been notified.," the mine said.

"We acknowledge the impact this situation has had on the individuals involved, as well as our colleagues at Blackwater. We appreciate the compassion that you have demonstrated in responding to these very difficult circumstances.

Queensland may face another month in lockdown and the chance of tougher restrictions at the border with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declaring the state would go it alone when deciding how and when restrictions are lifted.

After it was revealed on April 11 that the Rockhampton-based BHP Mitsubishi Alliance coal miner had tested positive to coronavirus, contact tracers went into overdrive trying to find out whether he caught the infection from a known carrier, someone from overseas or if it was being spread through community transmission.

The big fear, that he caught it through community transmission through an unknown spreader, can thankfully be put to rest.

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