QLD Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young

“Quite concerning” Qld records mystery local COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community in the past 24 hours, sparking fears of another potential outbreak.

Health authorities have confirmed reports this morning that the new case is a student from Indooroopilly State High School.

“What we do know is that it is a 17-year-old female and that she is a student at Indooroopilly State High School,” Health Minister Yvette Dath told reporters on Friday.

“She became unwell yesterday and went and got tested and overnight her result has come back positive.”

The new case has authorities on edge, with the State’s top doctor admitting it’s currently unknown where the student has acquired the virus.

“It is quite concerning because I’m struggling to understand how she’s acquired it,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“So we’ll have to wait until we get whole genome sequencing results back later today to be able to work out she’s got this from”.

The teen is believed to have been infectious in the community since July 27.

“She’s been in the community for three days and at school for two days,” Dr Young said.

“There is very little more information at this stage… We need to still identify exposure sites.”

Four other members of the teenager’s family are now also being tested, however, it’s understood the family has not travelled anywhere recently.

The Queensland community is being urged to remain on high alert.

“My message is clear – because this is an unknown, unlinked case at this stage, until we get more information, masks are more important than ever,” Ms Dath said.

“Social distancing, good hygiene and please, if you live in the Brisbane area or you’ve been in the Brisbane area for the last few days or anywhere in Queensland, if you’re unwell, go and get tested.

“Please check the Queensland website for any exposure sites as more information becomes available throughout the day.”

The high school, which is located in Brisbane’s west, confirmed the case in an email to parents in the early hours of this morning.

“I am writing to let you know that a person associated with our school community has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Acting Executive Principal Derek Weeks said.

“As a result, our school will be closed effectively immediately 30/07/2021 for 48 hours to allow for Queensland Health to perform this contact tracing and, as an extra precaution, I have arranged for specialist cleaners to come to perform a deep clean in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.”

Mr Weeks continued by saying “the health, safety and welfare of your children, our students, continues to be my number one focus”.

“If you, or a member of your family, are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please consult your GP,” he said.

“I look forward to welcoming our school community back as soon as we are safely able to do so.”

Leaders to discuss vaccination modelling

Australia’s leaders will begin charting a course to fully reopening the nation based on new coronavirus vaccination rate modelling.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Friday chair a national cabinet meeting of state premiers and territory chief ministers.

Leaders will be presented with Doherty Institute modelling which calculates immunisation coverage needed to avoid lockdowns and restart international travel.

Cabinet minister Peter Dutton urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“If you live in Queensland or in Victoria or elsewhere around country at the moment, look at what’s happening in NSW, it could happen here tomorrow,” he said.

“We’re fortunate in Queensland at the moment but if you think you’ve got time to get vaccinated or you don’t think it’s going to happen, think again, you’ve got to get vaccinated.”

Mr Dutton said none of those hospitalised with coronavirus in NSW had been fully vaccinated, and argued it would be the unvaccinated who suffered once the country opened up.

The prime minister tempered expectations of a concrete outcome like setting a “Freedom Day” similar to the United Kingdom’s widespread dropping of restrictions.

“You don’t just pick a day and, you know, get some fireworks,” he told 3AW.

“That’s not science. It’s not medicine. It’s not policy.”

Mr Morrison said the infectious disease modelling would be considered alongside Treasury’s economic advice to inform the path out of restrictions.

“Now, will we get there in one meeting? No, I don’t think we will. If we do, great,” he said.

“But if we don’t get there in one meeting, we’ll keep meeting until we work out what those rates are.”

He remains confident a vaccination rate will be determined at some stage.

“There’ll be a straight answer on that. But I won’t be making it up, I won’t be pulling it out of the air.”

About 17.7 per cent of people 16 and over have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles described the vaccination rate as “pathetically low” and warned the number would need to be much higher before Australia moved past the pandemic.

Labor and key crossbench senator Rex Patrick are demanding the Doherty Institute’s work be fully released.

He considers it essential to improving public confidence.

“There is no justification for withholding the Doherty Institute’s modelling in advance of government decisions on future pandemic strategy,” Senator Patrick said.

Sydney’s COVID-19 crisis continues to deepen with 239 new local cases recorded on Thursday.

The city and surrounding regional areas are facing a lengthy lockdown with heavy restrictions to remain in place until at least the end of next month.

National cabinet will also receive an update on virus data, vaccine rollout and the code for truckies to move around the country.

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Positive COVID-19 case forces closure of Qld high school

Indooroopilly State High School has been closed for deep cleaning after a person linked to the school community reportedly tested positive to COVID-19.

Multiple news outlets are this morning reporting the development, which is expected to be confirmed by Queensland Health Authorities at today’s daily press conference.

The high school, which is located in Brisbane’s west, confirmed the case in an email to parents in the early hours of this morning.

“I am writing to let you know that a person associated with our school community has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Acting Executive Principal Derek Weeks said.

He continued by informing parents that the school will remain closed for 48 hours.

“As a result, our school will be closed effectively immediately 30/07/2021 for 48 hours to allow for Queensland Health to perform this contact tracing and, as an extra precaution, I have arranged for specialist cleaners to come to perform a deep clean in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.”

Mr Weeks urged anyone with virus symptoms to contact their doctor.

“We are continuing to liaise with public health authorities and our own department in relation to the latest developments and will act immediately on their advice should there be an identified need to do so,” he said.

“The health, safety and welfare of your children, our students, continues to be my number one focus.

“If you, or a member of your family, are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please consult your GP.

“I look forward to welcoming our school community back as soon as we are safely able to do so.”

Olympics

Jess Fox bags the elusive GOLD for the Aussies at the Tokyo Olympics!!!

Cheers and wahoos right around Australia this evening, after Jess Fox finally bagged that elusive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

It’s Jess’ third Olympics event, where she has always competed in the women’s canoe slalom K1.

Earlier in the week, she took home the bronze for that event, devastated to have missed gold for the third time.

However, this is the first year that the women’s canoe slalom C1 event has been held, which Jess was also competing in.

She posted the fastest qualifying time and raced last in the final this evening.

She beat the fastest time by 3.64 seconds to win the event with a time of 105.04.

Fox jumped up and down on the podium as she finally collected the gold medal.

Her dad, Richard Fox, watched on from the Channel 7 studios, where he’d been commentating the whole event.

He dropped a few tears after the final race once he knew his job had been done.

“She’s an incredible paddler, and incredible person … wow.”

Australia now has eight gold medals, two silver and ten bronze.

Olympics

Positive COVID test forces Aussie track and field team into isolation

Australia’s entire track and field team has been forced into isolation just a day out from the first events after a fellow competitor tested positive to Covid.

Up until now, Olympians had been keeping pretty sheltered from the coronavirus situation in Tokyo, which is now the worse it’s ever been.

It’s now been confirmed that American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has tested positive for coronavirus, with rapid testing of other athletes underway.

It’s understood he had been training quite closely with Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall.

63 Australian track and field athletes are now isolating in their rooms, while authorities scramble to test them all.

“Members of Australia’s track and field team at the Tokyo Olympic Games are isolating in their rooms as a precautionary measure following news of a COVID positive finding with a member of the US track and field team,” a statement from the AOC says.

“Members of the Australian track and field team ar enow undergoing testing procedures in line with Australian Olympic team protocols.”