The Gold Coast is on COVID-19 alert, with a string of popular locations in the city listed as exposure sites.
It comes after a Biggera Waters man, who is a close contact of a Brisbane aviation worker who tested positive on Tuesday, was also diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.
A Gaven truck driver, who frequently travels between the Gold Coast and Sydney, has also tested positive in NSW.
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Both cases have been out and about in the community while infectious, sparking fears of community transmission.
As a result, a public health alert has tonight been issued by Queensland Health for a number of locations on the Gold Coast.
The suburbs impacted include Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Surfers Paradise and Nerang.
The full list of exposure sites linked to the recent cases can be found below:
- Coles Q Super Centre Mermaid Waters, Saturday 25 Sept 2.35pm – 3.10pm – low risk contact
- Liquorland Q Super Centre Mermaid Waters, Saturday 25 Sept 2.50pm – 3.10pm – casual contact
- BP Merrimac, Ghilgai Road and Gooding Drive, Saturday 25 Sept 8.10pm – 8.30pm – low risk contact
- Diggers and Sports Club Surfers Paradise, Sunday 26 Sept 12.30pm – 1.45pm – close contact
- Subway Surfers Paradise, 9 Beach Road, Sunday 26 Sept 1.30pm – 1.55pm – casual contact
- Broughy’s Seafood, 52 Price Street Nerang, Sunday 26 Sept 2.10pm – 2.40pm – casual contact
- Shell Service Station / Coles Express, Ferry Street, Nerang, Sunday 26 Sept 2.15pm – 2.40pm – low risk contact
Anyone who was at a close contact venue is being told to get tested and quarantine immediately for two weeks, regardless of the result.
Those who attended a casual contact venue will need to quarantine until they receive a negative result, while anyone who was at a low risk site is being told to simply get tested.
Further exposure sites are expected to be published throughout the night as contact tracing continues.
Queensland officials have resisted imposing a snap COVID-19 lockdown for now, but the State’s top doctor said she is keeping a very close eye on the unfolding situation.
There have now been six COVID-19 cases detected in the South East this week, with Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young confirming a lockdown is still very possible.
“If we see large numbers, so we see spread, and definitely if we start seeing unlinked cases where I can’t say where they’ve come from,” Dr Young told reporters today.
The full list of Queensland COVID-19 exposure sites can be found here.