BMA employee’s positive coronavirus test misleading

BMA operations. Image: BHP.

A BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) employee who tested positive for coronavirus has been cleared of the illness after a follow-up test proved to be negative.

The Blackwater coal mine employee was re-tested last week and it returned a negative result, with Queensland Health attributing the false positive to a laboratory error.

There has also been no community transmission of coronavirus in central Queensland, according to Central Queensland Health.

“We acknowledge the impact this situation has had on the individuals involved, as well as our colleagues at Blackwater,” BMA stated in a media release.

“Most importantly, our colleague is very grateful to be cleared of COVID-19 and is happily spending time with this family at home in the Rockhampton region.

“His colleagues who he had interactions with outside of work, and had also been in isolation as a precaution, have also been notified.”

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomed the news, with chief executive Ian Macfarlane stating the mining industry had reaffirmed its vigilance in slowing the virus’ spread.

“As an industry, we and the government are working tirelessly together to flatten the curve and keep Queensland working,” Macfarlane said.

“We are adhering to the chief health officer directives and deploying additional safeguards. We need more good days like today.”

BMA urged its employees to contact its dedicated hotline should they have any questions regarding coronavirus.

The company has continued to enforce strict social distancing, hygiene and cleaning practices across its operations.

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