Generic image inside a lab at the CSIRO's high-containment facility in Geelong. Photo: David Crosling/AAP
Generic image inside a lab at the CSIRO's high-containment facility in Geelong. Photo: David Crosling/AAP

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.