A man has tested positive to COVID-19 in Queensland, just hours before most of the state is due to emerge from lockdown.
It’s understood the man in his 50s, who lives and works on the Sunshine Coast, came forward for testing yesterday after becoming symptomatic on Wednesday, June 30.
As a result, a major public health alert has now been issued for parts of the Sunshine Coast following the development.
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However, the State’s top doctor is confident it’s still safe to push ahead with the easing of lockdown for the region at 6.00pm tonight.
“The man was only in the community while potentially infectious for two days before the lockdown began, at his workplace, and briefly during lockdown,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.
“Because of this, I am confident we can continue with the eased lockdown for the Sunshine Coast this afternoon, and we’ll continue to monitor the situation.”
Contact tracers are now frantically working to track down everyone the man may have come into contact with.
“The man works at the Sippy Downs campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast and was at work on 28 and 29 June,” Dr Young said.
“He had minimal contact with others so it will not be listed as a contact tracing site, but as always, anyone with symptoms, come forward for testing immediately.
“In addition, we’re asking anyone who was at Coles at Sippy Downs from 8:15am to 8:35am to get tested, but you do not need to isolate until you receive a result as this venue is classed as low risk.
“As we’ve seen time and time again, the situation is fast-moving, and we will continue to keep the community updated as soon as possible if we need to change our approach.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath is urging anyone in the Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs or Maroochydore areas to come forward for testing even if they have only the slightest symptoms.
“We are relying on everyone to help us contain this potential outbreak,” the Minister said.
“That means wearing your mask and using the check-in app, and businesses ensuring their patrons use the app.
Investigations are underway to identify the strain of virus the man has, and whether there are any links to existing cases.
The new case will be included in tomorrow’s COVID-19 update.
It comes after the state recorded three new local cases today, including the partner of a baggage handler at Brisbane International Airport and a mother and daughter from Carindale.
The Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Townsville will all emerge from lockdown at 6.00pm tonight.