New case of Qld virus, scares the family | Review of northern beaches
A family at the center of a coronavirus alert on the Gold Coast has tested negative for the virus, a school principal told parents in a letter.
The family have been quarantined at the hotel, some of them ill after apparently returning from Melbourne without quarantine.
Separately, the Queensland government has reported a new case of locally acquired COVID-19 from a truck driver who is now in New South Wales.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the driver, who lives in Windaroo, returned a positive result among 10,433 virus tests within 24 hours at 6.30am Thursday.
The 46-year-old was contagious in the community of Logan and the northern Gold Coast between August 28 and September 1.
He is the second truck driver to test positive in as many days.
“We are contacting him to find out where he was in Queensland,” Palaszczuk told Parliament on Friday.
“This is an addition to the truck driver reported yesterday.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said a Gold Coast family of five were quarantined at the hotel after the children told their classmates they went to Melbourne.
She said the first indications are that the family returned to the state undetected by an interior road without entering quarantine at the hotel.
Some family members were not feeling well and showing symptoms and the situation had been complicated by an initial refusal to cooperate with health authorities and contact tracers.
“Some of the family are not doing well, but we don’t know if it’s COVID (so) we have to treat it like it is,” Ms. D’Ath told Parliament.
The school, the Australian International Islamic College in Carrara, sent all students home on Thursday.
“I had to ask all the children who attend that same school to quarantine themselves until we can get a test result from these two children,” Health chief Jeannette Young said on Thursday.
By late Thursday afternoon, health authorities confirmed that all family members had been tested.
Late Thursday, the school’s principal Christine Harman said she was told all family members’ results had come back negative.
“After speaking with Queensland Health, they felt that there was no risk of exposure at our Carrara campus and that the need for students and staff to self-isolate was lifted,” he said. -she declared in a press release.
The first trucker tested positive in NSW after being contagious while in Queensland last Thursday.
He visited Archerfield gas stations in south Brisbane, Goondawindi and Bundamba near Ipswich on August 26.
He then tested positive on his return to New South Wales, and Queensland authorities are trying to locate anyone who may have come into contact with him.
The latest case of COVID-19 comes with the Queensland border closed at NSW for all but essential workers who have received at least one vaccine.
Ms Palaszczuk is awaiting further modeling of what will happen to unvaccinated 0 to 12-year-olds if borders reopen as vaccination rates rise.
“The Prime Minister is committed to getting things done, if I understood correctly,” she told parliament.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg previously urged prime ministers not to delay the opening.
“My message to prime ministers and chief ministers is very clear: don’t delay the inevitable. You must learn to live with COVID. COVID can arrive in your state within a week, it can take a month, it can be a little bit after that. But the reality is we can’t eliminate the virus, “he told Nine’s Today on Thursday.
Just under 52% of eligible Queenslanders have received a vaccine and 32.28% are fully vaccinated.
Associated Australian Press