Blackwater miner, 30, dies of COVID-19

Fairbairn Bakery Blackwater

A 30-year-old Queensland man found dead by his partner in their home is Australia's latest and youngest coronavirus fatality.

Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes said the Local Disaster Management Group was working closely with the local resource industry to respond to the Blackwater death.

"We have not even reached half of that number, so I implore Queenslanders, if you have any symptoms at all, or a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, or a history of fever, then please come forward and get tested", she said.

"I know that men sometimes fob off their illnesses, they don't go and get medical assistance, but it's incredibly important right now that anyone with symptoms goes and gets tested".

The man, who has been sick for around three weeks, had not worked since late past year because of a work injury, but his partner had been going to work while experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

However, there have been no prior cases of COVID in Blackwater, raising concerns for authorities.

Police and medics who had attended to the man are now in isolation, too.

"This does appear to be Queensland's seventh Covid-19 related death".

Mr Miles said that if the Rockhampton nurse's trip was for a non-essential reason she would have been breaching another health directive.

"It is another very strong reminder to all of us at this point if anyone has any symptoms that are of a respiratory virus, a cold - it might feel like a cold - it could be COVID and we really want to get that test done", Professor Kelly said.

The cases are the first recorded in Blackwater, near Emerald in central Queensland, and residents with symptoms are being urged to get tested immediately.

"This message is particularly important for all the blokes out there".

INITIAL: QUEENSLAND Health authorities say the Rockhampton nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 travelled to Blackwater just days before her results were returned.

She said it was not known how he contracted the virus but he had become the "youngest" victim in Australia.

Police and ambulance were called to the home in Blackwater on Tuesday afternoon, where the man's partner had found him unresponsive after returning home from work.

Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in both states' counts.

Dr Young said she was "of course" concerned.

"That's been part of our planning from day one". Contact tracing is underway to determine where he caught it, and for those who have been in close contact with him while he has been unwell.

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

"He was a amusing, kind person who always had time for his mates".

A fever clinic has been set up at the Blackwater Hospital and a second fever clinic will be operational at Blackwater Rodeo Grounds from tomorrow morning.

The clinic will be in place from midday.



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