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‘It is most likely to be COVID, not flu’: Top doctor urges testing

“So although we don’t have any suburbs in the northern part of Brisbane involved, I don’t know that these people haven’t been across the northern side of Brisbane.

“So that’s why, we’ve just declared, all of greater Brisbane, Ipswich, West Moreton as being of concern.”

Pop-up fever clinics were being set up around the south-east on Saturday, including at Ipswich Hospital, Bundamba Salvation Army Church and Browns Plains Community Health Clinic.

Fever clinic and testing

Additional testing locations have been set up. The following clinics are open:

West Moreton HHS

  • Ipswich Hospital (adjacent to Ipswich Hospital Emergency Department)
  • Gatton Hospital
  • Bundamba Salvation Army Church/Hall, corner Coal St and Brisbane St, Bundamba
  • Preparations are being made to establish a drive-through clinic at Costco, Bundamba car park from Sunday
  • Preparations are being made to establish an additional temporary clinic at Bundamba

Metro South HHS

  • Browns Plains Community Health Clinic
  • Logan Hospital
  • Redland Hospital
  • QEII Jubilee Hospital
  • Annerley Respiratory Clinic

Metro North HHS

  • Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • Pine Rivers Fever Clinic

Dr Young said it was too early to say whether this could be the beginning of a second wave in Queensland.

“I think there is a significant chance we will see more cases, which is why we need to go and ask everyone to really adhere to social distancing and to get tested,” she said.

“So the message for this weekend is for everyone just to be ultra-cautious.”

People who are more vulnerable to the virus, such as the elderly and immuno-compromised, should avoid crowded areas such as busy shopping centres.

“Everyone should think about their personal COVID-safe plan, and if they’re in that vulnerable group, start thinking about how they can manage themselves,” Dr Young said.

“This weekend I suggest that you really think about staying at home if you’re in one of those vulnerable groups.

“Definitely, definitely don’t go anywhere where you can’t maintain social distancing.”

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • muscle or joint pain
  • loss of smell or loss of taste
  • shortness of breath

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