ANY Queensland residents who travelled to regional NSW towns, visited by someone infected with COVID-19, are being told to get tested for the virus.
Queensland Health officials have urged anyone who travelled to Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill between 2-3 January to be alert after an 18-year-old man from western Sydney travelled through the towns on a camping trip while infectious.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she is treating this newest threat with an abundance of caution.
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“We know a person who was positive for COVID-19 has been out and about in these communities very recently,” Dr Young said.
“There is every chance this individual has been in contact with holidaying or visiting Queenslanders who were also in these towns during this period.
“Everyone who has been in Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill between 2-3 January should get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative test result.
“If we do have any cases connected to this individual, it is absolutely critical we detect them before we see widespread community transmission.
“Additionally, I am concerned about the potential spread across regional NSW. Queenslanders who spent time in regional NSW over the holiday period should remain vigilant of their health and get tested if they show any COVID-19 symptoms.”
Dr Young also reminded the general community to keep getting tested.
“Queenslanders have already performed incredibly well – we’ve have performed tens of thousands of tests in the past few days alone.
“But that doesn’t mean we can be complacent – it takes just one undetected case to bring all our progress to an end.”
Queensland recorded just one new case of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday, a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.
There are still 18 active cases in the state.
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