Qld Health shuts down reports of COVID case at Gold Coast school

Gold Coasters are being reassured that reports of a Gold Coast school student testing positive to COVID-19 are false.

Reports emerged yesterday afternoon that a child at a primary school in Ormeau had been diagnosed with the virus.

The scare came after the Principal of a school in the northern Gold Coast suburb sent parents an email informing them that a member of the school had tested positive.


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But Queensland Health released a statement overnight, confirming it was a mistake.

“Queensland Health is aware of concerns that a student at an Ormeau school has tested positive to COVID-19,” the statement said.

“This is not correct.

“The private pathology lab that undertook the test has confirmed this was a mistake.

“The student is NOT positive for COVID-19.”

It comes as authorities continue to investigate exactly how a student at high school in Brisbane contracted the virus.

The 17-year-old girl, who goes to Indooroopilly State High School, was the state’s only new local COVID-19 case yesterday.

The State’s top doctor has admitted that she is baffled as to where the teenager has acquired the virus.

Genomic testing is expected to shed further light on the case this morning.