Virus Testing

Gold Coast COVID case ‘not positive’, exposure site removed

A suspected COVID-19 case on the Gold Coast has been deemed to have not been positive after all.

A person had initially tested positive on the weekend, placing the city on high alert.

But two subsequent tests came back negative, leaving officials baffled.


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Further examination of the evidence by an expert panel has now determined the case was not a positive one.

Close contacts of the case including family members will now be released from quarantine.

The one exposure site that was linked to the case, the Woolworths at Mudgeeraba on August 2, will also be removed from the list.

Anyone who was forced into home quarantine as a result of visiting the exposure site will no longer need to quarantine.

In a statement, Queensland Health has thanked the family and those in quarantine “for their cooperation and patience while investigations were carried out.”