Campaigners' text poses as Qld Health

Darren Cartwright

Queensland Health has warned of a hoax text message asking people to sign a petition to postpone horse racing because of COVID-19.

The SMS, headed QldHealth, was distributed around 11am on Thursday and stated: "Sign this petition to put horse racing on HOLD and stop the spread of COVID-19."

A link to the website was included.

Queensland Health has told AAP that the text was not endorsed or sent by them.

The department said anyone wanting to access the latest information on COVID-19 should head to their official Facebook or website pages.

"It's extremely important that Queenslanders get their information from sources they can trust," a Queensland Health representative told AAP.

Racing Queensland have been approached for comment.