Three more schools in Brisbane have been caught up in south-east Queensland’s COVID scare with more positive cases expected to be confirmed on Sunday.
Queensland announced six new local cases on Saturday after a 17-year-old girl tested positive during the week.
The girl’s parents and two siblings along with a staff member at one of the sibling’s schools have also been diagnosed with the virus.
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A medical student who was tutoring the 17-year-old has also tested positive and is now believed to be the index case.
Testing has linked her to two returned travellers with the virus who were being treated in hospital but officials are still working out how she contracted it.
Brisbane Boys Grammar emailed parents on Saturday to tell them that a student there had now also tested positive and that anyone who attended the school between Wednesday and Friday had to isolate for 14 days.
Parents of students at Brisbane Girls Grammar have also been told to isolate their children after a positive case visited an open day at the school.
St Peters Lutheran College at Indooroopilly has told parents it has been identified as an exposure site, however it had not yet been updated on the Queensland Health website.
Indooroopilly High School has already been closed after the 17-year-old girl was diagnosed, while Ironside State School has also been shut.
Schools in the 11 LGAs subject to the current lockdown are expected to reopen on Wednesday, except for those identified as exposure sites.
High-school students will be required to wear masks when classes resume, while teachers and staff at primary schools will also be subject to mask-wearing.
A long list of exposure sites across Brisbane has been identified including numerous shops in Indooroopilly and Jindalee, a Bunnings, Soutbank TAFE and several bus routes.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says she expects the list of sites to continue growing as contact tracing continues.
“I expect there are going to be an enormous number of exposure sites all through Brisbane and probably as well through the Sunshine Coast and further,” Dr Young said.