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Australia Brisbane woman who flew to Rockhampton tests positive to COVID-19, Queensland Health tracing her contacts

12:10  01 august  2021
12:10  01 august  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a group of people standing around a plane: Queensland Health are tracing contacts from the Brsbane woman's flights. (ABC News: Mary Lloyd) © Provided by ABC News Queensland Health are tracing contacts from the Brsbane woman's flights. (ABC News: Mary Lloyd)

Queensland Health is tracing the contacts of a Brisbane woman who made a return trip to Rockhampton while infectious with COVID-19.

The woman flew to Rockhampton for work at 8:30am on July 28 on Qantas flight QF2362 and returned to Brisbane at 6:40pm on July 30 on Qantas flight QF2365.

It is believed she had been infectious since July 28 and the case was included among the nine new locally acquired cased announced today.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said all cases announced today were the highly infectious Delta variant.

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The woman was an external contractor working on the Rookwood Weir project west of Rockhampton.

Queensland Health said it was working with the Rookwood Weir work camp project team to urgently test employees.

"Work on site has stopped and workers have been isolated to their rooms for 14 days of quarantine," Queensland Health said in a statement.

"Other workers from the Rookwood project who have left the site have also been contacted and told to isolate for 14 days."

Queensland Health said it was contacting those who were in the same aircraft and others identified as close or casual contacts.

Rockhampton's CQUni fever clinic's testing hours have been extended, Queensland Health said.

South-east Queensland's outbreak, which now involves 18 cases, was first detected on Thursday when a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Brisbane's western suburbs was tested after feeling sick.

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COVID - 19 testing involves analyzing samples to assess the current or past presence of SARS-CoV-2. The two main branches detect either the presence of the virus or of antibodies produced in response

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The schoolgirl was found to have the highly infectious Delta variant, which she had caught from her tutor, a Queensland University medical student.

How the medical student was infected is so far unknown but whole genome sequencing has linked the infection back to two returned travellers who were on the same flight from Singapore and have the same infection.

The schoolgirl was believed to have been infectious in the community for three days and at school for two days. Her parents and two siblings have also tested positive for the virus.

A staff member at Ironside State School, which is attended by one of the schoolgirl's siblings, then tested positive.

More cases emerged when three students who attended a karate class at Ironside State School tested positive.

Two of the students were from Ironside and one was from Brisbane Grammar School. The Grammar schoolboy's father also tested positive.

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  Virus concern spreads beyond SE Qld Queensland health authorities are contact tracing a COVID-19 case who flew from Brisbane to Rockhampton, as the southeast continues its snap lockdown.The woman was an external contractor at the Rookwood Weir project west of Rockhampton and tested positive on July 31.

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Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID - 19 if you are sick. If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID - 19 . Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID - 19 , contact your healthcare provider.

COVID testing capacity boost for state's locked down south-east

Details of the case were revealed by authorities as Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said testing capacity would be increased in the state's locked-down south-east, to help manage the surge in demand caused by the latest COVID-19 cluster.

"There has been a significant rise in the number of people at our COVID-19 testing clinics," she said in a statement.

"That is pleasing to see – testing people is the only way we can know for sure how widespread this current outbreak is.

"I know some people have had to wait longer than normal to be tested but I urge them to remain in place and get the test, especially if they have symptoms or have been at one of the contact tracing locations published on our website."

Queensland Health is opening new facilities or extending the hours of existing facilities, including:

  • Gundu-Pa Fever Clinic, Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre (8:00am-4:00pm, Monday and Tuesday)
  • Minor Injury and Illness Clinic (Caloundra) — Caloundra Specialist Ambulatory Care (8:00am-8:00pm, Monday and Tuesday)
  • Nambour General Hospital (8:00am-6:00pm, Monday and Tuesday)
  • Gympie Hospital (8:00am-4:00pm, Monday and Tuesday)
  • Court Street Fever Clinic (Ipswich Hospital) (8.30am-7:00pm, Monday 2 August)
  • Mater Private Hospital Springfield COVID-19 testing clinic, 30 Health Care Dr, Springfield Central (8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday, 2 August)

Queensland Health also said due to "current workforce issues", some non-urgent elective surgeries and outpatient appointments may need to be postponed at some south-east Queensland hospitals.

The Hospital and Health Service will contact those who are affected.

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