QHealth have been asked why local boards aren't releasing details on COVID-19 cases.
QHealth have been asked why local boards aren't releasing details on COVID-19 cases.

QHealth asked why local health boards won't release details

THE state health department says it is using it's daily Covid-19 case updates to keep "Queenslanders safe but not alarmed".

It comes after questions were put to Queensland Health, and the West Moreton health board about the discrepancy between the information it was providing about the location of each confirmed case, compared to that provided by other health boards, including the neighbouring Darling Downs.

Local hospitals and the West Moreton health board just referred all our questions up the chain.

The number of cases in the West Moreton, which takes in Gatton, Laidley, Esk, Ipswich and Boonah, continues to grow at a faster rate than the rest of the state.

One of the state's new so-called 'hot spots' for the virus also takes in several electorates.

Between Friday and Sunday, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in West Moreton nearly doubled, jumping from 17 to 33 cases.

That's a 94 per cent increase, compared to the state average of 18 per cent.

But despite the alarming figures and the pandemic's devastating impact worldwide, little more is known about the region's cases including where in the large health region they are.

The West Moreton Health region covers Ipswich, Gatton, Laidley, Esk and Boonah. Picture: Queensland Health
The West Moreton Health region covers Ipswich, Gatton, Laidley, Esk and Boonah. Picture: Queensland Health

When contacted by the Gatton Star, the Esk Hospital and Boonah Hospital would not confirm, deny or comment on whether there were coronavirus patients at the hospital.

Spokeswomen at both hospitals said they were not allowed to give out any information and deferred to the West Moreton communications department.

The West Moreton communications department said that all questions about the virus needed to go through Queensland Health.

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Queensland Health told the Gatton Star only limited information would be released, outside of daily media statements.

"Due to the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus now in Queensland, currently all the information we are able to provide publicly is available in our media statements," the spokeswoman said.

"Together we can keep Queenslanders safe and aware, but not alarmed."

A spokeswoman for Queensland Health also refused to comment on where the 35 confirmed cases were.

In contrast, Darling Downs Health Board is providing a daily update on social media about the general locations of confirmed patients in its health region.

Queensland Health also declined to comment on which hospitals were managing patients and where the first case in the region was confirmed.



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