March 13, 2020
South Burnett Regional Council says it is working in partnership with the Local Disaster Management Group and other government agencies following the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 in Kingaroy.
A statement from Council on Friday afternoon said it was monitoring the situation and would take action as necessary.
Further information will be released as it is confirmed.
UPDATE: The Kingaroy Speedway meeting scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled as a precaution.
By now, you’ve probably heard about a new, or novel, strain of coronavirus, originally known as novel coronavirus and now called COVID-19.
Community members should be aware of and informed about COVID-19, but not alarmed.
Council is aware of reports of the virus in our region and is working closely with the State Government and emergency groups.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, which means it affects the parts of your body you use to breathe: your nose, throat and lungs.
If you’re sick with COVID-19, your symptoms might include:
COVID-19 spreads between people, usually when a sick person coughs, for eg. You might catch COVID-19 if someone with the virus coughs on to you, or on to a surface (like a door handle) that you touch, getting the droplets on your hands and then transferring them to your mouth, nose or eyes when you touch your face or eat.
Washing your hands often and properly means that you can prevent viruses from entering your body. That means washing your hands when you’ve been out and about and before you eat (and after you go to the toilet!).
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you need to see a doctor immediately. Before your appointment, call ahead and tell the staff what your symptoms are and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus.
Remember, the best things you can do right now are keep up-to-date with Queensland Health information, wash your hands often and properly, stay 1.5 metres away from people coughing and stay home if you’re sick.
Community members are encouraged to visit the following sites for up-to-date information and requirements:
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