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Media Release - COVID-19 case confirmed in Hinchinbrook

4th April 2020

Queensland Health has today informed me that a Hinchinbrook Shire resident has tested positive to Covid-19. The resident had recently returned from overseas. Queensland Health has indicated that the resident has complied strictly with the self-quarantine requirements since returning and is considered a low risk to the Hinchinbrook community.

Hinchinbrook Disaster Management Chair Ramon Jayo said that he appreciated the early advice and reiterated that the community needed to remain calm. 

"I have been reassured by Queensland Health that the risk to our community is low and that is reassuring," said Cr Jayo.

Cr Jayo also said that we all needed to remain vigilant with, and respective of, the advice from authorities regarding social distancing and personal hygiene and more so, the need to comply with the Home Confinement Directive. 

"The fact is that we have been told to stay home unless absolutely essential. What is essential has been clearly defined. Let's do what we are being told to do," Cr Jayo said. 

 "It is clear that this virus spreads through human contact. We can slow the spread by ensuring that minimal human contact occurs. That is why we are being told to stay home and to maintain the proper social distancing and proper hygiene when we must go out."

If you are not aware of the social distancing requirements or the stay home directive, then please visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

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