No new local cases as Gold Coast testing clinics inundated

The recent COVID-19 scares on the Gold Coast has seen hundreds of people flock to testing sites across the city.

Gold Coast Health has taken to social media today to advise of long wait times at both the Robina and Gold Coast University Hospital fever clinics.

“Of our two sites, Robina is experiencing higher demand with up to six hours wait,” the post said.


A wait time of around two hours is being experienced at Gold Coast University Hospital, with queues of cars also lining up to get into the testing clinic along Ferry Road at Southport.

“Thank you for coming out to be tested, we apologise in advance if you have to wait and suggest you bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, snacks and water for your comfort,” Gold Coast Health said.

“Please arrive before 8.15 pm tonight to avoid disappointment”.

It comes after health officials today confirmed genomic testing had linked the Gold Coast man who visited Robina Town Centre last week to a Mudgeeraba aged care worker who tested positive yesterday along with her husband.

However, mystery still surrounds where the cases were acquired from.

“We still don’t know at this stage where the initial acquisition of COVID came from, so we still want people to come forward if they’ve got symptoms on the Gold Coast,” Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said.

All staff and residents at the Mudgeeraba aged care home have been tested, with the results due back today.

Dr Aitken said so far it is looking promising.

“All staff at the Mudgeeraba aged care home are vaccinated, there’s over 90 staff there, 100 per cent vaccination rate,” Dr Aitken said.

“Over 90 residents, 90 per cent vaccination rate, and one third of those residents have actually had booster doses already.

“They were all tested yesterday and we will get results back today, however, none of them are symptomatic which is also good news”.

Queensland is tracking closer to the 80 per cent double dose milestone, which will trigger the reopening of the border, with the current double dose figure sitting at 78.17 per cent.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she will provide a clearer update about when the border will reopen at tomorrow’s press conference.

“We’re going to get some predictions about when we’re likely to get there, so we will look at the vaccination rates today and then I’ll be updating everyone tomorrow,” the Premier told reporters on Sunday.

Queensland recorded no new local COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, however six infections were detected in home and hotel quarantine.

None of the new cases were in the community while infectious so they do not pose a risk.