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Locally acquired case of COVID-19 found in Brisbane

A Brisbane man has tested positive to COVID-19 with the source of infection currently unknown but there are no additional COVID-19 restrictions being place on Ipswich as this stage.

The 26-year-old from Stafford was infectious in the community for several days before he returned a positive test result on Thursday.

Queensland Health will issue a Public Health Alert with a full list of locations he visited while infectious in the community.

For now, they have advised that on Saturday, March 20 around 11am, he attended the Carindale Shopping Centre and visited several stores there.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was a “high risk” location.

At 8pm on the same day, he went to the Baskin Robbins ice cream store at Everton Park.

Sunday 21 March at 9am, he went to the Gasworks Markets in Newstead.

About 12.20pm the same day he went to Mumma’s Italian Waterfront Restaurant in Redcliffe.

On Monday, 22 March, the day he began showing symptoms for COVID, he was working as a landscaper in Paddington.

Later on Monday, he went through the drive-through at the Guzman Y Gomez in Stafford about 12.30pm, which is classed as “minimal risk”.

He also went to the Bunnings at Stafford on Monday, about 1pm.

For the next two days, he stayed at home before getting tested at the Nundah respiratory clinic on Sandgate Road on Thursday.

He also visited an Aldi store in the area for about 10 minutes on Thursday.

Dr Young urged anyone who has been to these specific venues in the specific timeframes, to come forward and get tested, whether or not you have systems, and remain in isolation until you gain a negative result.

People in Brisbane and the Moreton regions have been asked to wear masks in crowded areas, such as on trains and at sporting events.

Brisbane City Council and Moreton council areas have had additional restrictions placed on them from noon today with aged care and disability centres, hospitals, and correctional facilities closed to visitors.

Further testing is being conducted to find the source and Dr Young suggested if you are in the vulnerable cohort, stay at home for the next three days until they understand more about what is happening.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also reminded people to socially distance, practice hand washing and to not shake hands while we are still in a pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia.

People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting or nausea
  • loss of smell and/or taste

Other symptoms can include muscle or joint pains or loss of appetite.

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To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.

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