Student nurse Queensland’s latest local COVID case

A STUDENT nurse from Brisbane has become the latest person to test positive to COVID-19 in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday morning there had been six new cases detected in the state in the last 24 hours, five of those were in hotel quarantine.

The one local case was a female student nurse who lives in Kangaroo Point and had been connected to the ‘Alpha cluster’ as she was a close contact of a man who lives in Cinnamon Park who was confirmed positive yesterday.


Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said the woman was perfectly well and is asymptomatic.

“Which means that we can’t identify the start of her infectious period, so we have gone back to when she first had contact with the man who lives in Cinnamon Park. That is 26 June,” Dr Young said.

“I think it is unlikely that she was infectious back then but, to be absolutely sure, we have gone back that far.”

The woman does her training through Griffith University but students are in the middle of Trimester 1 holidays so it is unlikely she visited the campus.

However, there are slight concerns about her placement at Logan Hospital.

“She does her clinical placement at Logan Hospital. She hasn’t been there doing a clinical placement since 15 June but she did visit for one hour to talk to a patient on 28 June,” Dr Young said.

“At that stage, there was already a mask requirement in for all hospitals in those 11 LGAs and they have checked and everyone was wearing masks and they have already tested that person that she spent one hour with and they have tested negative seven days on.

“I am quite comfortable there.

“We are just working through whether there are any other venues of concern but remember, we were in lockdown for four days for most of that time frame.

“I am not particularly concerned but we will go and double-check.

“I believe it is low risk but we are, as always, taking it very, very seriously and looking at all potential exposure sites.”