A case of COVID-19 has been detected on the Gold Coast, breaking the state’s long-run without an infection.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed infected person tested positive on Wednesday and had been active in the community for 10 days prior.
The man in his 30’s is now being cared for in the Gold Coast University Hospital.
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Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said the man lives in a resort complex in Broadbeach and is also an Uber driver.
“We understand that he was in Melbourne on the 10th of October,” Dr Young said.
“We are getting all of that clarified at the moment, but that is our understanding. He then came back into Queensland.
“He started to develop symptoms on the 11 October, which means his infectious period goes back to the 9 October.
“Then, he developed symptoms on the 11 October and increasingly unwell, presented to the emergency department at Robina Hospital yesterday where they tested him, came back positive on two separate tests.
“He then was transferred later that evening to the Gold Coast University Hospital. That is what he is now.”
Dr Young said they didn’t have any exposure sites at this stage because the man is too sick to communicate.
“He is so sick. This is a man in his 30s. He is so sick that we are having difficulties talking to him and getting information from him.
Dr Young said he also hadn’t been using the Check-In App, making contact tracing even more difficult.
“This man hasn’t used his since the 18th of September so it’s very hard to work out where he has been in the community,” she said.
She said they were also working with Uber to find out any information.
“We are working very closely with Uber to get information about whether he has had any drives during the time he was infectious,” she said.
Dr Young also urged Gold Coasters to come forward and get tested.
“Today is that you need to come out and get tested,” she said.
“Please don’t wait like this poor gentleman has and is so breathless that he can hardly talk to us.
“Come forward straightaway. Any symptoms. So that we can get you tested.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast needed to be on alert.
“This is a wake up call for the Gold Coast,” the Premier said.
“We are a little bit concerned about this person that has been infectious in the community.
“Gold Coast residents, if you have any concerns or any symptoms, please go and get tested.
“And we also need people on the Gold Coast to go and get vaccinated.
“We have 156,000 people on the Gold Coast .. who are currently not vaccinated.”