UPDATE @9.45AM | The principal of a school in Logan, which has been forced to close after a staff member tested for coronavirus has addressed the media.
A number of other staff members from Parklands Christian School in Parkridge have now been placed into isolation, after coming into close contact with the woman, who’d recently returned from interstate.
A testing clinic has been set up near the school, for concerned families or anyone with symptoms to come forward and get tested.
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The principal also revealed that the staff member was believed to have had ‘limited contact’ with 734 students while infectious.
It’s understood she attended the school three days last week, then called in sick this week and school was notified of the confirmed infection yesterday.
The school is closed for deep cleaning and disinfection today, with leaders working very closely with Queensland Health to stop an outbreak of the virus in Queensland.
Read the full statement below.
The Parklands Christian College Principal has just made a statement to the media after it was revealed a staff member tested positive. He says a number of other staff are now isolating and the woman had ‘limited’ contact with students. @7NewsBrisbane @sunriseon7 pic.twitter.com/n5u3TkF4lb
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) July 28, 2020
EARLIER @ 6.30AM | A confirmed case of coronavirus has popped up in Queensland, in a staff member at a school in Logan.
Parklands Christian School has been closed today for deep cleaning, with all staff and parents notified via an email overnight.
They were told that a staff member had tested positive for the virus yesterday afternoon.
It’s understood the female staffer had recently returned from interstate last week.
It’s the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Queensland for almost a week, and the first in months that hasn’t come from a return overseas traveller already in hotel quarantine.
A Covid-19 testing clinic is being set up in the school’s sports centre and health authorities are now working to identify close contacts.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Nick Coatsworth told ABC everything possible is being done to stop an outbreak.
Queensland Health has released the following statement in regards to the case, but is expected to provide a full update later today.