One person has tested positive for COVID-19 on the Sunshine Coast overnight, raising the region's total to 85.
One person has tested positive for COVID-19 on the Sunshine Coast overnight, raising the region's total to 85.

Another new coronavirus case brings Coast's total to 85

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Sunshine Coast has risen to 85, after one person tested positive overnight.

Authorities confirmed there were nine new cases across the state overnight, raising Queensland's total number to 943.

Contact tracing is underway for the nine new cases and Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are requred.

The southeast has the highest concentration of cases, with 504 in Brisbane's north and south regions, 178 in the Gold Coast and 85 on the Sunshine Coast.

MORE COVERAGE OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST HERE

A Queensland Health representative said the majority of cases were from patients who had travelled overseas or who had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas.

"The number of confirmed cases we see each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state," they said.

"We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community."

Residents are being urged to follow the recommended advice from authorities in regard to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

"Critically, make sure you are practising good hygiene and staying home, especially if you're sick," the Queensland Health representative said.

A person is eligible for testing if they have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and, in the last 14 days: 

  • They were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case
  • They had been overseas, including on a cruise

Testing is also possible for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and:

  • Work in vulnerable settings such as healthcare, aged or residential care, military, correction facilities, detention centres and boarding schools
  • Live in an area where an outbreak has occurred
  • Live in a First Nations community

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