Aged care worker among two new COVID cases in Qld

QUEENSLAND has recorded another two cases of COVID-19, including a staff member who works at an aged-care facility in the Lockyer Valley.

The two new cases are known to each other and are believed to be linked to the growing Brisbane Youth Detention Centre cluster.

Health officials have confirmed one of the positive cases works at Karinya Place Aged Care at Laidley, a facility that is now on alert.


“The staff member is currently in quarantine at home and did not work while experiencing any symptoms,” Carinity said in a statement.

“A resident and a small number of staff who had contact with the affected staff member have been advised by Carinity and Queensland Health and are now self-isolating as a precaution. Testing of residents and staff commenced overnight and will continue today.

“We are working closely and Queensland Health and the Australian Government Department of Health to prevent the spread of infection within the facility. We are also providing regular updates to residents, their families and our staff and will do so until we have confirmation that Karinya Place is clear of the virus.”

It takes the number of active cases in Queensland to 30.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said it appeared the state was getting on top of its outbreak.

“We’re starting to see, two weeks in to this cluster, that we’ve got control,” Dr Young said.

“It’s too early to say that we’ve solved it. We’ve still got a long, long way to go but we can see that we’re getting just a couple of cases each day so that is good news.”