Qld quarantine hotel worker tests positive to COVID-19

A worker in a Brisbane quarantine hotel has tested positive to COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the woman is a cleaner at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Spring Hill.

The Algester woman, aged in her 20’s, was one of two positive tests in Queensland overnight with a young child, who recently returned from the UK, also testing positive while in hotel quarantine.


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“This cleaner did everything right,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“She developed the symptoms Wednesday and was tested yesterday.

“We need to ensure that there is no community spread. Once again, please, if you’re sick, get tested”

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said they believed the woman has been infectious since January 2 and tracing was now underway to determine everyone she may have had contact with.

She worked on shift at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on January 2nd and tracing is already underway there.

Residents or visitors in the suburbs of Algester, Sunnybank Hills and Calamvale are being urged to get tested as they may have come into contact with the woman.

Alerts have also been issued for several sites in Brisbane that they infected patient visited. They include:

  • A train from Altandi to Roma Street at 7am Saturday January 2
  • A train from Central to Altandi at 4pm on Saturday January 2
  • Woolworths Calamvale north at Calamvale Central shopping centre from 11am-12pm on Sunday January 3
  • Coles Sunnybank Hills from 7.30-8am Tuesday January 5
  • Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town Newsagent 8-8.15am Tuesday January 5

“Anyone with any symptoms, anywhere in Brisbane, it is really critical that you come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said.

“If you don’t have symptoms just keep alert and if you do develop any, come forward.

“We will be directly be contacting those people without symptoms who we want to come forward.”

Dr Young also also announced workers in quarantine hotels will now have to undergo even more testing to make sure they stay on top of any potential outbreaks, especially given how infectious the new strain coming out of the UK is.

“Starting Monday, I would like every single one of these people to be tested every shift not just every seven days,” Dr Young said.

“I think seven days was a very good start .. I think now we need to move to every shift.”

The Premier also confirmed there will be no changes to the border with Greater Sydney and that won’t be reviewed again until the end of the month.

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