Demand for Wide Bay COVID-19 testing surges as woman tests positive in Bundaberg

a car parked on the side of a road: Cars queue outside the Bundaberg Hospital fever clinic on Tuesday morning. The gates closed early yesterday after the clinic was overwhelmed with demand. (ABC Wide Bay: Nicole Hegarty) © Provided by ABC Health Cars queue outside the Bundaberg Hospital fever clinic on Tuesday morning. The gates closed early yesterday after the clinic was overwhelmed with demand. (ABC Wide Bay: Nicole Hegarty)

Testing clinics across the Wide Bay Burnett have been inundated as Queensland Health investigates a local case of COVID-19.  

The ABC understands a woman is being treated in the Bundaberg hospital after testing positive.

The woman is believed to be linked to a group of people who attended a hens' party in Byron Bay.

She returned to the Wide Bay but immediately got tested and self isolated.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed a case was being "looked at" in the region.

Gin Gin Bakery workers clear

A popular bakery in one Wide Bay Burnett town has been caught up in the Brisbane COVID-19 cluster, with Queensland Health reporting one man who tested positive to the virus travelled from Brisbane to Gladstone last Thursday.

On his way, he stopped at the Gin Gin Bakery and the Miriam Vale Roadhouse.

Although the infected man was only in her store for 7 minutes, that quick pie stop has caused a headache for bakery owner Marie Baker, who went into isolation with three of her staff yesterday.

They all received negative results but Ms Baker made the call to close the store for the day due to a lack of staff.

She praised Queensland Health's handling of the situation after she was notified yesterday morning.

"I was very frightened (but) they were terrific and guided me through," Ms Baker said.

"Lucky we had the QR tracker … so we were able to just get that all off the computer and send straight down to the health department for them to start the contact tracing.

"I'm quite amazed at how fast it all gets done. It put me to the test to see if I could deal with the computer skills of getting it to them, but we did it in two minutes. It was really good."

Testing clinics expand

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service shut the gate early on its testing clinic at Bundaberg Hospital on Monday afternoon as queues caused traffic jams in the area. People were directed instead to the local respiratory clinic to ease the backlog.

Public fever clinics in Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg all began testing at 6.30am this morning.

A new clinic has also been established at the Gin Gin Hospital and will operate from 8am to 4.30pm.

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Demand for Wide Bay COVID-19 testing surges as woman tests positive in Bundaberg