VIRUS BREAKDOWN: Details on 31 Darling Downs COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases in the Darling Downs Health region have been steadily increasing since the first case was revealed on Friday, March 13.

The region, which takes in the Toowoomba, Western Downs, South Burnett, and Southern Downs council areas, has recorded 31 cases as at Tuesday, March 31.

Here is a breakdown of those cases.

That initial positive case was a 53-year-old Kingaroy man, which Woolworths Kingaroy later confirmed was an employee of the store.

It was not until the following Thursday - March 19 - the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Toowoomba.

The man attended the drive-in fever clinic at Baillie Henderson Hospital, where he tested positive.

He had arrived from overseas and was expected to cover at home in self-isolation.

Two days later on Saturday, March 21, the health unit confirmed another four cases of COVID-19 in the Garden City.

This included a couple and two individuals, all of whom had recently returned from overseas travel.

One of those travellers, a male, was in Toowoomba Hospital.

Another case in Toowoomba was confirmed the following day, another traveller being managed by Toowoomba Hospital.

On March 23, Darling Downs Health reported another six cases in the region.

These included a person in Warwick, the first reported case of community transmission in the Darling Downs.

The remaining five were all returning overseas travellers, and were confirmed in Toowoomba.

The following day, another two cases were confirmed - another pair of returned travellers based in the Toowoomba area.

Tragically, coronavirus claimed the life of 68-year-old Garry Kirstenfeldt on Wednesday March, 25.

Mr Kirstenfeldt had recently returned from a cruise, and was described by his family as an "incredible man".

The next day, another two positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Darling Downs, bringing the total to 17.

This was followed by another four Toowoomba cases on Saturday, March 28.

The first case was reported in the Western Downs on Sunday, March 29, with a patient confirmed in Miles.

By then, the Darling Downs COVID-19 total had reached 24.

This reached 28 on Monday, March 30.

On Tuesday, March 31, the first cases were confirmed in the Darling Downs town of Oakey - with the total rising to 31.

Contact tracing is under way for all cases, and Darling Downs Health said it was working hard to make sure community members who were in contact with confirmed cases and at a higher risk were notified.

Case breakdown:

  • Toowoomba: 26
  • Warwick: 1
  • Miles: 1
  • Kingaroy: 1
  • Oakey 2

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