Queensland recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community with contact tracing underway after an international cabin crew member tested positive.
A Public Health Alert has been issued for Brisbane.
The woman, in her 30s, had completed 14 days of hotel quarantine at 9am Saturday morning (19 June). She returned negative tests during hotel quarantine.
A follow-up test, shortly after leaving hotel quarantine on Saturday 19 June, as part of routine aircrew surveillance, came back positive on Saturday evening.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young urged anyone who had been at sites visited by the positive case to isolate, fill in the contact tracing form on the Queensland Health website and await advice. ‘The woman has visited several locations, including the Airport DFO, Brisbane CBD, and a restaurant in Ellen Grove.
‘We are urgently contact tracing people with whom she shared a shuttle bus, at her accommodation, and at the restaurant.
‘I am asking that anyone who was at the Airport DFO between 4pm and 4.30pm, to isolate at home for the time being.
‘Also anyone who was in the Brisbane CBD between 5pm and 6pm should monitor for symptoms; the risk is lower because it is outdoors.
‘The woman was at dinner at an Ellen Grove restaurant when notified of her positive test, and proceeded directly to hospital.’
Not the Delta variant
The woman is a close contact of an international arrival on 5 June, who later tested positive with the Delta variant, but genome sequencing results have confirmed that the woman does not have Delta variant.
Dr Young said although the Delta variant had been ruled out, it was still important for those who had attended exposure sites to isolate.
‘Particularly anyone who was at the Airport DFO between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday still needs to isolate.
‘It’s good news the case isn’t the highly transmissible Delta variant, but we do still need to take every precaution.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Anyone who was at the Airport DFO between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday should isolate at home, and fill in the contact tracing form on the Queensland Health website.
Queensland Health will contact individuals with advice about getting tested, however it is likely now that individuals will not need to quarantine for the full 14 days.
Queensland Health is continuing investigations into the exact variant, and the source of the case.
Anyone who has been at any of the contact tracing sites listed on the Queensland Health website (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing) should follow the instructions listed there, including isolating at home and filling in the contact tracing form. Queensland Health will provide advice to individuals about when to get tested, and how long they need to isolate for.
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