Gold Coast couple test positive, possible Omicron case detected in quarantine

UPDATE @ 10.00am | Health officials have confirmed a Gold Coast couple have tested positive to COVID-19.

The husband and wife duo have been in the community while infectious for 13 days.

The wife, who is fully vaccinated, works at an aged care facility in Mudgeeraba, where residents are now undergoing urgent testing.


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“We can report all of the staff are fully vaccinated and over 90 per cent of the residents are fully vaccinated,” Health minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“We are testing everyone.”

It’s believed the couple may be the link to the other recent COVID-19 case on the Gold Coast.

“The two people that we announced today could be the source of the other person’s infection because they have been at a meeting together,” Ms D’Ath said.

“But we don’t know where this couple have acquired it from.

“We’re still seeking the source which means there could be more community transmission on the Gold Coast.”

The Health Minister also confirmed the positive case in Capalaba confirmed on Friday is a person who travelled to Greater Adelaide and attended the school reunion super-spreader event there.

As a result of the increasing cases in South Australia, Greater Adelaide will be considered a hotspot from 1am on Sunday.

“This follows the many cases that have been connected to the school reunion in Adelaide which has now seen two positive cases here in Queensland and multiple high-risk exposures,” Ms D’Ath said.

“Anyone who has been in Greater Adelaide since 1am on 28 November and who arrives in Queensland after 1am tomorrow, will be required to go into 14 days of mandatory home or hotel quarantine.”

A recent arrival from South Africa has also tested positive with investigations underway to determine whether they have the new Omicron variant.

“The Public Health Unit has ruled out that it’s Delta but we haven’t been able to confirm Omicron,” Ms D’ATh said.

“It is being treated is that but it is not known what type of variant it is.

“It is already on the radar of the international experts were determined by the variant is because it has some of the signs of Omicron but not all of them.”

The plans for reopening the border remain on track despite the increase in cases in the state.

Queensland could reach the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark next week, which would trigger the next stage of reopening.

However, the Health Minister remained coy about the state’s plans.

“We will have more to say on Monday,” she said.

“We are working with the police and the logistics of that but we will have more to say about when we think we will hit the 80 per cent and what that transition is going to be like and hopefully getting more information.”

EARLIER @ 7.00am | A Gold Coast aged care facility is on alert this morning after reports a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has sent a notification to relatives of residents at Mudgeeraba’s Carinity Cedarbrook Residential Care informing them of the development.

“The Gold Coast Public Health United (GCPHU) has been notified of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 that attended the Residential Care Facility while contagious,” the statement reads.

“Staff from GCPHU will be conducting a public health risk assessment to limit the spread of the disease and minimise the impact on residents, their families, the workforce and the broader community.

“GCPHU staff will support the management of the Facility to implement appropriate infection control, other measures and undertake contact tracing while will include residents and staff as well as visitors and contractors to the facility.

“Those people considered close contacts of the confirmed case will be advised by GCPHU and will be required to be quarantined for 14 days from their last contact with a case.”

Anyone who has been at the facility since November 29 is being urged to get tested.

The venue has not been listed on the exposure sites website overnight, however a number of other venues of concern were included for the Gold Coast.

They include the Woolworths and Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse at Robina Town Centre, the Mudgeeraba ALDI and United Service Station in Nerang.

Officials are expected to provide more details later this morning.