Following his death on May 26, Nathan Turner was named Australia’s youngest COVID-19-related death.
His infection with the virus, announced by Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, led to worry and apprehension within his small town community of Blackwater, in central Queensland.
Health authorities urged anyone with symptoms in the town, which has a population of about 5000, to be tested. They began contract tracing to figure out how the coronavirus had infected a man who had been home bound and unable to work since November, due to a “complicated” medical history.
His partner, whom he had only recently become engaged to, has had to grieve his death in isolation.
But on Monday night, health authorities confirmed Turner did not have COVID-19.
“The Coroner tonight advised that further tests have returned negative for COVID-19. He is yet to determine the man’s cause of death,” the state’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said in a statement.