Australia Timeline shows Nathan Turner’s family left in isolation even after he tested negative
QLD authorities knew deceased man didn't have COVID-19 for three days
Nathan Turner, 30, was declared Australia's youngest coronavirus fatality when he was found dead in his Blackwater home, in regional Queensland, on May 26. An initial swab had tested positive, plunging the tiny town into panic-mode and his fiancee into isolation, before further tests concluded he did not have the virus. Now, emails obtained by Nine News have revealed senior officials - including Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young and Deputy Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett - received the negative results on May 29 but kept residents in the dark until June 1.
A timeline of events has shown the Queensland health department failed to inform the family of Nathan Turner that he had posthumously tested negative for COVID-19 and left his family in isolation, according to Sky News host Paul Murray.
Qld Health knew dead man did not have COVID-19 for days
Government emails reveal senior Queensland health officials knew a deceased Blackwater man repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 - three days before they informed the town, and finally allowed his fiancée out of isolation. The sudden death of Nathan Turner, 30, triggered an emergency response in the tiny hamlet almost 200 kilometres west of Rockhampton, after swabs returned a positive - and second inconclusive - result for the virus.On the night of Monday, June 1, a week after a coroner's autopsy, Queensland Health released a statement saying additional negative tests ruled out Mr Turner's death being caused by COVID-19.
Nathan Turner was reported as the youngest Australian to die from COVID-19, a claim which turned out to be false after Mr Turner tested negative multiple times after dying.
“(The timeline) shows that the Queensland health department knew this bloke was not COVID positive for days and days and days, yet his family was in isolation and the public were in fear of what had happened,” Mr Murray said.
“I get it, false positive will exist, but the idea that we don’t have technology that can instantly report this, and I understand they want to be doubly sure.
“By Friday they knew, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday they left that town in fear and that family locked up so they could point fingers and make some comments about a nurse who wasn’t affiliated with the right union.”
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