Coronavirus confirmed in Gladstone area
CORONAVIRUS has hit the Gladstone area, with the first positive test confirmed to be isolating in the region today.
The woman was identified yesterday alongside a woman from Yeppoon, however it was initially understood she was isolating in Brisbane.
A Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services spokeswoman said the eighth confirmed case from Central Queensland was from the Gladstone area and was self-isolating at home in the Gladstone area.
"All close contacts of this person have been identified, contacted and are in isolation," she said.
In a statement CQHHS said: "Because people can have the virus and be infectious before they show any symptoms, we need you to act as though novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is already in your community and suburb.
"Waiting to be notified that it is already in your area to take precautions will be too late - you could have already been infected and infected others."
Queensland's new confirmed total of cases is 835 with four deaths including an 85-year-old man who died in Toowoomba overnight.