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The multi-purpose health service in Alpha, central Queensland, has been temporarily blocked and 23 staff have been quarantined, following news that staff were exposed to a community member who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. COVID. Central West Hospital and Health Service chief executive Anthony West said the person, who presented to the service for treatment, was transferred by the Queensland Ambulance Service to Emerald Hospital for further treatment. Staff members were quarantined as a precaution and replacement staff from other facilities were dispatched to Alpha late Wednesday to undertake a thorough cleaning of the facility and care for four elderly residents and one respite resident. Mr West said all five were doing well and being managed as normal, but would be in quarantine for a week. “All quarantine staff and residents in aged care will be tested under current protocols before being released from quarantine in a week,” he said. “Central West Health is in contact with all staff and families of Aged Care residents and providing them with support and information as needed. “Once the facility is thoroughly cleaned, we hope the Alpha MPHS will be operational again as soon as possible.” He said temporary staff would then continue to staff the MPHS until permanent staff are cleared to return to work. There are currently 12 employees at Alpha, which equates to a full normal day shift.While Alpha is on lockdown, local residents are being directed to seek emergency care if needed via the 000 system. ALSO READ: Tasmanian dream turns sour for Cloncurry family northwest councils want residents to download disaster app CIMIC wins Mica Creek solar power contract Age of dinosaurs honored in awards COVID r rise rate Mount Isa Alpha residents who have a GP or other appointment scheduled at MPHS over the next week are being contacted to have their appointments rescheduled. symptomatic or who have been advised they are a close contact by Queensland Health can access COVID-19 testing by appointment at the MPHS, via walk-through means in the ambulance bay. People are asked not to show up until they have been given an appointment time by a Queensland health officer, by telephoning 07 4809 7023. “We understand that members of the community can be anxious,” said said Mr. West. “Rest assured that everyone who needs to be tested will be tested. “If you call the number and the phone is busy, please try again periodically until you can get through.” There are currently 58 active cases of COVID in the central western region, three down from Wednesday. In South West Queensland there are 179 active cases, up 15 from Wednesday, while the North West has 335 positive cases, with two reported in recent 24 hours.Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: HAVE YOU ANYTHING TO SAY? Send letters to the editor or tips for history at [email protected]

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