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Australia Flight attendant who tested positive to COVID-19 crewed six flights in regional Queensland

05:43  23 july  2021
05:43  23 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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A Qantas flight attendant has tested positive to COVID - 19 after crewing six flights in Queensland during her infectious period. Acting Premier Steven Miles said the woman in her 30s, from the northern Brisbane suburb of Banyo, works for Qantas' regional routes and is believed to have been infectious She came forward for testing two days ago and genomic sequencing has confirmed she has the same Delta variant that is circulating in Sydney. During her infectious period, the woman crewed six flights between Brisbane, Longreach, Hervey Bay and Gladstone. Mr Miles said Queensland 's Regional

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A Qantas flight attendant has tested positive to COVID-19 after crewing six flights in Queensland during her infectious period.

Acting Premier Steven Miles said the woman in her 30s, from the northern Brisbane suburb of Banyo, works for Qantas' regional routes and is believed to have been infectious since July 11.

She came forward for testing two days ago and genomic sequencing has confirmed she has the same Delta variant that is circulating in Sydney.

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During her infectious period, the woman crewed six flights between Brisbane, Longreach, Hervey Bay and Gladstone.

"Given this is some time ago, if we can get all of the passengers tested, that will give a picture of whether there is a greater risk here than we're currently aware of," Mr Miles said.

A number of potential exposure sites have been identified, including:

  • July 11 — Brisbane to Longreach, Qantas flight 2534
  • July 11 — Longreach to Brisbane, Qantas flight 2535
  • July 11 — Brisbane to Gladstone, Qantas flight 2346
  • July 11/12 — Stayed overnight in Gladstone at the Mantra Hotel (formerly Mercure Hotel)
  • July 12 — Gladstone to Brisbane, Qantas flight 2331
  • July 12 — Brisbane to Hervey Bay, Qantas flight 2374
  • July 12 — Hervey Bay to Brisbane, Qantas flight 2375

More exposure sites could be added to Queensland Health's website later today.

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Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said contact tracers are working with the woman, who is in hospital, to pinpoint where she had been after she developed symptoms on July 13.

It took her eight days to get tested.

"Initially, she's told us that she essentially stayed at home, so we are just working that through to check that that is the case," she said.

"I don't know the specifics about why she decide to delay [being tested] — that's being discussed with us now."

Dr Young said it was not known how the woman acquired the virus but added "she does fly some of those regional routes into New South Wales".

"Her whole genome sequence is identical to around 60 sequences ... that are in Sydney.

"We know that is a very contagious variant so that's why I want everyone on those flights immediately tested."

Dr Young said there would be no changes to restrictions in the towns and cities the woman flew to, until it is known if there are more cases.

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Drive through testing sites have so far been set up in Gladstone and Longreach.

"Let's not panic at this point in time … I'm hoping that this doesn't go further," Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett said.

Queensland's Regional Development Minister Glenn Butcher said he was on the flight from Brisbane and Gladstone and is in home quarantine until he gets a negative result.

There were two other cases reported today, both detected in hotel quarantine.

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The plant serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise and Broken Head.

Mr Miles said authorities were not aware of any cases in the region.

"But clearly, given the fact that Byron is within the border zone that we announced yesterday and implemented overnight, we will be monitoring that closely," he said.

"It underlines how critical it is that people in that border zone only travel for those essential reasons that were outlined.

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"What is at stake is the border zone itself.

"If we can't keep that border zone safe, we won't be able to keep those arrangements in place and people won't be able to move."

Meanwhile, Dr Young said she is "getting very close" to reconsidering arrangements made for NRL players after it was revealed they had been sharing goods between verandahs.

Players and their families have been given special permission to leave Sydney to quarantine on the Gold Coast.

"This is too risky — we just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules," Dr Young said.

Border shut to NSW this morning

With the number of COVID-19 cases escalating in other parts of regional NSW, the Queensland government yesterday made the decision to close the border from 1:00am today.

A zone has been created to allow border residents to pass between the states for essential reasons, such as school and medical appointments.

There have been reports of hour-long waits at border crossings on the Gold Coast this morning, with police asking locals to be patient.

Deputy police commissioner Steve Gollschewski foreshadowed delays yesterday and asked people to be patient at border crossing checkpoints.

"When we first implement this it does get very congested, it does get very difficult, I am asking the community to work with us on this," he said.

Queensland Health said NSW will be declared a hotspot for four weeks, but it would revise the decision throughout the declaration.

Queenslanders in NSW who return home will have to go into hotel quarantine.

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