Gold Coasters rush to get tested as city’s COVID-19 exposure site list grows

Testing clinics across the Gold Coast have been inundated with people following the revelation of a positive COVID-19 case in the community.

The case is a fully vaccinated man who recently returned from China and tested positive after completing 14 days in hotel quarantine.

Mystery surrounds where the man acquired the virus, with the state’s top doctor admitting it could have been either overseas, in the community or in hotel quarantine.


Whatever the case, the threat of a potential new outbreak in our city has sent thousands of Gold Coasters racing to get tested.

Vision posted to social media yesterday showed queues of cars lining up to get swabbed at a clinic in Southport, with similar scenes observed at other testing sites.

It comes after a number of new exposure sites, including the busy Kmart at Westfield Helensvale, were identified.

Some of the city’s most popular shopping centres, including Pacific Fair, Harbour Town and Q Super Centre are also on the list, along with a childcare centre in Parkwood.

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Gold Coasters are being urged to check the exposure site list daily to ensure they haven’t been to any of the locations listed.

Anyone with even the slightest symptoms is being urged to come forward for testing.