Man, 30, dies of coronavirus in central Queensland

Fairbairn Bakery Blackwater

He had been showing symptoms of the disease prior to his death, but is also believed to have other illnesses. She urged anyone in the area with symptoms to get tested.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said Blackwater and Queensland Health had his full support.

QLD Health Minister and Deputy Premier Steven Miles stated that the case was a reminder for Queenslanders to not let their guard down, particularly men.

CENTRAL Queensland residents were sent into shock this morning after it was revealed a man in Blackwater had died while ill with coronavirus.

"This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not over, and I extend my honest condolences to the friends and family of the young man who lost his life", he said.

The publication claims the nurse will face further questioning from Queensland Health authorities today, and it is not known whether she had any contact with the miner.

"Although we know that the majority of people who develop complications and all of the people to date in Queensland who have died have been older people, but we know from overseas that it's not a disease exclusively of older people", she said.

The body of the 30-year-old was found by his partner at their Blackwater home about 4.30pm Tuesday when she returned from her job at the Fairbairn bakery in what is shaping as one of the state's most mysterious cases.

She called an ambulance, who declared him dead when they arrived.


"That's been part of our planning from day one".

She said the miner's partner was in Rockhampton hospital and has been tested again and health authorities were now awaiting those results.

A team of public health experts and additional contact tracing resources have been deployed from Brisbane to Blackwater to track the possible source of the virus, with testing available at Blackwater Hospital from Wednesday.

Dr Young confirmed the 30-year-old man was the youngest coronavirus fatality in Australia.

"We're all in this together and if we keep following the protocols, we will stop a potential spread of COVID-19 in our region".

"We see it every winter with flu, we see young people die".

A fever clinic also will be established at the Blackwater Rodeo Grounds from 8am on Thursday.

"I have four planes on the ground, two in Townsville and two in Brisbane that we can use to go and get anyone who's a confirmed case, and move them to Rockhampton or to Brisbane", Young told reporters on Wednesday.

The clinic will be in place from midday.

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