Third new QLD COVID-19 case as health alert issued for 11 venues, including South Bank bar
29 July 2020, Written by Matt Ogg
A COVID-19 cluster is now starting to emerge in South East Queensland from two 19-year-old women who travelled to Melbourne and ignored health directives to self-isolate upon their return.
A criminal investigation into how the women flouted quarantine is due to take place, but in the meantime authorities are scrambling to trace the virus' potential spread as the individuals were moving amongst the community for eight days despite feeling unwell.
Queensland Health has now reported a third positive COVID-19 case who is a known contact - a 22-year-old woman employed by YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care.
Authorities have identified 11 locations, including two venues in South Bank, where the women attended as part of their tracing efforts for new potential cases.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said contact tracing was underway, and appropriate action had been taken at all relevant locations.
"Contact tracing is underway on all new cases," Dr Young said.
"While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working closely with these women to gather necessary information, including other places they may have visited whilst infectious.
"As always, we strongly recommend everyone with symptoms, particularly people who have travelled interstate recently, to immediately get tested. Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland."
She said anyone living Logan, South Brisbane or Springfield who is feeling unwell should stay at home and immediately get tested.
Any individuals who were present at the below locations at the relevant times are asked to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH:
Updated at 5:25pm AEST on 29 July 2020.
Author: Matt Ogg