COVID scare in Qld after local woman tests positive in Melbourne

RESIDENTS in Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane are on alert after a Queensland woman who travelled to Melbourne tested positive to COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said the woman, who is from Townsville, travelled to the two other cities before leaving the Sunshine State on October 7.

Mr Miles is urging residents in all those areas to get tested.


“The team at Queensland Health has asked a number of people who may have been in contact with her to quarantine themselves for 14 days and get tested in that period,” Mr Miles said on Wednesday.

The Health Minister said authorities will be conducting contact tracing in all three Queensland cities.

“It’s most likely she contracted it while in Melbourne, she was in Melbourne several days before being tested, however the way we’ve been so successful is by being ultra cautious,” he said.

“We are treating this as though she could have been contagious.”

Despite the scare, Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID in the last 24 hours.

There are still just two active cases in the state, both in the Brisbane area.