Qld nursing home worker tests positive to COVID-19

Queensland has recorded one new case of coronavirus today, a woman who works at nursing home in Brisbane.

It’s also been revealed the woman is the wife of a 27-year-old man who tested positive to the virus yesterday.

The man is believed to have contracted the virus after dining at the same Sunnybank Restaurant as one of three women who allegedly lied on their border declaration passes after returning to Queensland from Melbourne.


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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the man’s wife has been in isolation since her husband’s positive test, however it’s still possible staff and residents at the Bolton Clarke Aged Care facility at Pinjarra Hills may have been exposed.

“We do think that it’s possible she was infectious when she worked her last shift at that facility,” Dr Young said.

The aged care home, which has 150 residents and 105 staff, will remain in lockdown with everyone at the facility expected to be tested for the virus today.

“It is a superb facility… it couldn’t be better set up for a situation like this,” Dr Young said.

“All of the residents have their own private bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and the staff are absolutely superb.

“This is the best possible place for those residents.”

Dr Young did confirm that if any of the residents do test positive, they will be immediately moved to hospital.

She said additional health workers will also be brought in to help the facility deal with the unfolding situation.

“There are going to be some staff that will need to go into quarantine and we are also going to ask them to monitor those residents much more closely for any symptoms,” Dr Young said.

Queensland Health is expected to release a list today of the places the woman may have visited before self-isolating.

“She and her husband have been absolutely model citizens, they really and truly have been unbelievably fantastic,” Dr Young said of the couple.

“That’s the work we’ll be doing today, to find out whether there’s any other places that that lady’s been to… The most important one of course was her work, which was the nursing home.”

It comes after authorities released a public health alert overnight, with a list of the locations the woman’s husband visited while unknowingly infectious.

There are currently 12 active cases in Queensland, with six of those in hospital.

Today’s case comes after a record 11,560 people were tested for the virus across the state yesterday.

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