Queensland has been placed on COVID alert after a female flight crew member tested positive after leaving hotel quarantine.
Officials are now doing urgent contact tracing amid concerns she has the highly infectious Delta strain.
The woman left quarantine at 9am yesterday and boarded a shuttle bus with other flight crew members to apartments in Hamilton where they were staying.
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She left the apartments at 4pm and visited the DFO at Brisbane Airport for around half an hour.
The woman then travelled by private car to the city where she was walking around between 5pm and 6pm
She then went to a Portuguese family centre in Ellen Grove between 7pm and 7.50pm.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says the woman was only in the community for a short period while infectious.
“She was in hotel quarantine for 14 days and tested on day zero, day five and day 12 and she was negative for those three tests…. then she did develop some very minor symptoms that she thought were just her normal sinusitis. She did not pay attention to them,” Dr Young said.
“Then she left hotel quarantine on day 14 and then had a routine test because I require all cabin crew to be tested routinely every seven days so this was just a routine test that happened to fall on day 14 and she tested positive.”
Anyone who was at the DFO between 4pm and 4.30pm on Saturday or the Portuguese Family Centre at Ellen Grove between 7pm and 7.50pm is being told to isolate immediately and contact Queensland Health.
People who were in Brisbane’s CBD on Saturday between 5pm and 6pm are being urged to monitor for COVID symptoms and come forward for testing if they start getting sick.
Dr Young says there is no point in people rushing out to get tested today.
“It’s too early for you to get tested because you would have been exposed less than 24 hours so you won’t be positive at this stage, but you may be over the next 14 days.”
Despite the new local case, the state government has flagged a further easing of restrictions across Queensland from Friday if there is no outbreak.