Restrictions on visitors to Ipswich hospitals, aged care, disability services and corrections facilities have been imposed after a person was in public while unknowingly infectious from 2 January 2021 and tested positive for COVID-19 on 6 January 2021 in the Brisbane area.
Exemptions will apply to enable people who are at end of life, receiving maternity care, or needing support (disability and children) to be able to have a support person.
Genome sequencing has confirmed the latest Queensland case of COVID-19 has the UK variant.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has enforced restrictions to vulnerable facilities in Greater Brisbane as a precaution, while contact tracing efforts continue.
“We’re taking a very cautious approach with this case, now that we know for sure this person has the UK variant of the virus,” she said.
“Evidence shows that this variant is 70 percent more infectious than other strains.
“This is why I’m taking this firm action swiftly, to protect our most vulnerable facilities.”
“These restrictions apply to the Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service regions,” she said.
“And as always, anyone with any symptoms should come forward for testing immediately and isolate until they receive the results – especially anyone in Brisbane.
“The Eight Mile Plains Community Health Centre testing clinic will remain open right through the night, so please consider that location for testing tonight.”
The Eight Mile Plains Community Health Centre is located at 51 McKechnie Drive, Eight Miles Plains.
Anyone who has been to the following locations – regardless of whether they have symptoms or not – should get tested and isolate until they receive their result.
Critically, even if a negative test result is received, please continue to monitor for symptoms and get retested if necessary.
- Saturday 2 January – 7am – Train from Altandi station to Roma street
- Saturday 2 January – 4pm – Train from Central Station to Altandi station
- Sunday 3 January – 11am -12pm – Woolworths, Calamvale North
- Tuesday 5 January – 7.30am – 8am – Coles, Sunnybank Hills
- Tuesday 5 January – 8am – 8.15am – Newsagent, Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town
For the latest contact tracing alerts, visit the Queensland Health website.
For anyone with concerns or is unsure if they need to get tested or isolate, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
To find your nearest testing clinic, visit https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing
The list of contact tracing locations is available at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/covid-19/contact-tracing
COVID-19 Symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Vomiting or nausea
Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.