A pop-up fever clinic will be open from 9am on Thursday in the Orion Springfield Central western car park (behind Target) after three new positive cases were reported by Queensland Health on Wednesday.
Opening hours of the fever clinic will be 9am until 4pm Thursday, 30 July until Sunday, 2 August.
Children under five must be taken to a permanent clinic for testing.
A confirmed case of COVID-19 visited Peak Thai at Orion Springfield Central on Sunday 26 July between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Peak Thai is currently closed and conducting strict cleaning and disinfecting protocol as instructed by Queensland Health.
The shopping centre and all other retailers remain open.
According to a Public Health Alert issued late yesterday, Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called for anyone who lived in Springfield, Logan or South Brisbane to stay home if they are unwell and get tested.
“As always, we strongly recommend everyone with symptoms, particularly people who have travelled interstate recently, to immediately get tested,” she said.
“Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland.”
The first case is a 19-year-old woman who tested positive after travelling interstate last week.
She is an employee at Parklands Christian College on Brisbane’s southside.
Queensland Health is working closely with the school which has temporarily closed until further notice.
The second case is a 19-year-old female travel companion.
Both cases travelled interstate together last week.
It is believed they contracted the virus in Melbourne, Victoria.
The third reported case is a known close contact, a 22-year-old woman, who tested positive later yesterday.
This individual is an employee of YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care.
Queensland Health is working closely with the school and the care centre, both of which have temporarily closed until further notice.
Dr 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.”
Any individuals who were present at the below locations at the relevant times are asked to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH.
VA863 – Mel – Syd
VA977 – Syd – Bne
|21 July 2020|
|Parklands Christian College||Park Ridge||22-23 July 2020||9.30am-6pm|
|Madtongsan IV Restaurant||Sunnybank||23 July 2020||7-9pm|
|Heeretea -Bubble Tea Shop||Sunnybank||23 July 2020||9.25pm|
|YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care||Springwood||23-24 July 2020||All|
|Primary Medical and Dental Practice||Browns Plains||24 July 2020||3.30-3.50pm|
|Thai Peak Restaurant||Springfield||26 July 2020||6.30-9pm|
|Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar||Southbank||27 July 2020||All|
|P’Nut Street Noodles||Southbank||27 July 2020||All|
|African Grocery Shop||Woodridge (Station Rd)||28 July 2020||All|
|Primary Medical and Dental Practice||Browns Plains||28 July 2020||12.25-12.30pm|
|Chatime Grand Plaza||Browns Plains||28 July 2020||All|
Additional location information in relation these cases will be provided via a Public Health Alert as soon as it is available.
Due to these new cases, Queensland Health has implemented changes to visiting aged care facilities, in order to continue to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Effective immediately, aged care facilities on Brisbane’s South will not be permitted to take visitors due to the increased risk of infection.
Additionally, there will be an increase in screening for COVID-19 and a limitation on staff transfers between facilities.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, must get tested.
A Fever Clinic has been set up in the Orion car park:
|Orion Springfield Central Shopping Centre western car park (pop up clinic)||9am-4pm||Thursday 30 July-Sunday 2 August|
A list of Fever Clinics in Ipswich is available here.
Common symptoms of COVID-19
Even if your symptoms are mild, you should be tested.
The most common symptoms are:
- fever (or history of a fever)
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
- loss of taste or smell
If you are unwell with any of these symptoms, visit your closest testing clinic straight away.
Council monitoring situation closely
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said Ipswich City Council is aware of latest developments with the new COVID-19 cases in south east Queensland.
“At this stage, all council facilities in Springfield and surrounding suburbs remain open,” she said.
“A fever clinic has been set up at Orion Springfield Central shopping centre and is open from Thursday until Sunday (between 9am and 4pm) and residents who have symptoms or are concerned are urged to get tested or see their GP.
“Queensland Health is the lead organisation on this matter and council is committed to supporting our community.
“We will update our community the minute we receive further advice from the State Government.”
Mayor Harding encouraged people to follow state and federal guidelines and adhere to social distancing and other measures to ensure their health and safety.
“Our major focus at the moment is on our community, customers and staff,” she said.
“We will continue to update Ipswich residents as information comes to hand.”
The Local Disaster Management Group, which is chaired by Mayor Harding, has amended its activation status to Lean Forward (prepared to support the community at short notice).