Qld records no new COVID-19 cases as testing at Brisbane detention centre continues

QUEENSLAND has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 as mass testing continues to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre where an infected supervisor worked.

There was one historic case that was identified, related to a known outbreak earlier this year.

“We did have one new case overnight, a probably historic case. So these are one of those ones  that have been picked up on serology,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.


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“It is of no concern and we can actually link it back to a known outbreak that occurred earlier in the pandemic.

“So that just lets us know that we had more cases at that time when we were getting those large numbers.”

Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed they had filtered through some of the test results from detainees and staff at the Wacol detention centre but authorities are still waiting for the rest of the results to filter through.

“In this period, we did 9122 tests, which is a good increase and is what we would want to see under the circumstances,” Minister Miles said.

“56 of those tests relate to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and have returned negative results.

“There are still, of course, outstanding tests that were taken yesterday.”

It comes after a 76-year-old Ipwsich woman, who works at the centre, tested positive to the virus on Thursday.

Dr Young said genomic testing is underway to try and determine how the woman caught the infection amid fears it may be linked to the two Logan woman who lied about travelling to Melbourne last month and wandered around the community while infectious.

“I’m waiting for the genomic sequencing of the virus that the lady has .. and those young women who went down to Melbourne,” Dr Young said.

“I expect it in the next week.”

Queensland Health is still yet to confirm any other places where the infected woman may have visited.

“We’re working with her and we’re getting that information,” Dr Young said.

“She’s really been mainly at home and at work but we’re just working through where else she might have been and we’ll put out a public health alert if we get any additional information ,” Dr Young said.

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