A public health alert has been issued after a Queensland woman tested positive to COVID-19 while in Melbourne.
The woman, aged in her 30s, had been in Victoria for three days before she returned the positive result.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said while it’s likely the woman contracted the virus in Melbourne, authorities are treating the case with an “abundance of caution”.
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“We have made incredible leaps and bounds in Queensland, and that isn’t progress we take lightly,” Dr Young said.
“Caution is key in ensuring we catch every possible case.”
Before leaving for Melbourne to be with family while receiving medical treatment, the woman travelled from Townsville to Cairns and Brisbane.
She was on a flight from Townsville to Cairns and from Cairns to Brisbane. Then travelled to Melbourne via Canberra.
However, Queensland Health said Victorian health authorities are responsible for contacting those on departing flights from Brisbane airport.
A public health alert has since been issued for locations the woman visited while in Queensland.
“We are asking anyone who has been to these suburbs at these dates and times to monitor their health,” Dr Young said.
“If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.”
The doctors who were treating the woman in Queensland have also taken COVID-19 tests and are isolating until they receive their results.
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