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UPDATED HEALTH ADVICE Testing criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19)

8 Apr 2020 10:03 AMMark Boothman UPDATED HEALTH ADVICE Testing criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Testing criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be increased in Cairns, Gold Coast and Brisbane as a precaution following the detection of cases with unknown sources of infection. The increased testing has been ordered to head off the risk of sustained community transmission.


If people in these cities present at GP clinics or fever clinics with acute respiratory symptoms—cough, sore throat, shortness of breath—and the cause cannot be determined, they will be tested for COVID-19.

For the rest of Queensland, testing for the time being will continue to be people who have symptoms and have returned from overseas in the past 14 days (including from cruise ships) or those who have been in contact with a confirmed case, or are health care workers.

For more information on testing criteria, visit: www.qld.gov.au/…/coro…/take-action/testing-and-fever-clinics