“Quite concerning” Qld records mystery local COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community in the past 24 hours, sparking fears of another potential outbreak.

Health authorities have confirmed reports this morning that the new case is a student from Indooroopilly State High School.

“What we do know is that it is a 17-year-old female and that she is a student at Indooroopilly State High School,” Health Minister Yvette Dath told reporters on Friday.


“She became unwell yesterday and went and got tested and overnight her result has come back positive.”

The new case has authorities on edge, with the State’s top doctor admitting it’s currently unknown where the student has acquired the virus.

“It is quite concerning because I’m struggling to understand how she’s acquired it,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“So we’ll have to wait until we get whole genome sequencing results back later today to be able to work out she’s got this from”.

The teen is believed to have been infectious in the community since July 27.

“She’s been in the community for three days and at school for two days,” Dr Young said.

“There is very little more information at this stage… We need to still identify exposure sites.”

Four other members of the teenager’s family are now also being tested, however, it’s understood the family has not travelled anywhere recently.

The Queensland community is being urged to remain on high alert.

“My message is clear – because this is an unknown, unlinked case at this stage, until we get more information, masks are more important than ever,” Ms Dath said.

“Social distancing, good hygiene and please, if you live in the Brisbane area or you’ve been in the Brisbane area for the last few days or anywhere in Queensland, if you’re unwell, go and get tested.

“Please check the Queensland website for any exposure sites as more information becomes available throughout the day.”

The high school, which is located in Brisbane’s west, confirmed the case in an email to parents in the early hours of this morning.

“I am writing to let you know that a person associated with our school community has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Acting Executive Principal Derek Weeks said.

“As a result, our school will be closed effectively immediately 30/07/2021 for 48 hours to allow for Queensland Health to perform this contact tracing and, as an extra precaution, I have arranged for specialist cleaners to come to perform a deep clean in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.”

Mr Weeks continued by saying “the health, safety and welfare of your children, our students, continues to be my number one focus”.

“If you, or a member of your family, are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please consult your GP,” he said.

“I look forward to welcoming our school community back as soon as we are safely able to do so.”