QUEENSLAND has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 but health officials say they pose “no risk” to the community.
Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, confirmed on Thursday the pair were deemed to be close contacts of another case linked to the ‘Alpha cluster’ and have been in home quarantine since July 2.
“When they went into home quarantine they tested negative. They have now tested positive,” Dr Young said.
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“We have gone and done some further work and they had no public exposure sites. There is no risk there at all.
“This is what we always want to see as a cluster evolves. The positive cases are already in quarantine when they become positive.”
It comes as a large number of businesses in Queensland prepare for QR codes to become mandatory from 1am tomorrow.
“72,000 businesses have registered just in the last two weeks,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“We do remind any business if you haven’t registered yet, you need to register.
“We will have compliance officers going out and checking and of course as customers, if we don’t see the check-in app, feel free to go up to management or staff and just say have you got the check-in app, where we can use it because it’s about keeping everyone safe.”
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said they would also keep monitoring mandatory mask-wearing across the state, with officers reporting a rise in people not wearing their mask while out and about.
“We did see a couple of people not do the right thing,” Dep. Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“There was one person claiming to be a sovereign citizen in the Lockyer Valley who, despite repeated warnings, refused to wear a mask.
“And another male person at Dalby, despite being given several directions, continued to spit at police. So that person was fined as well.”
Meanwhile, leaders were full of praise for a group of 10 healthcare workers at the Sunshine Coast Hospital who have now been forced into isolation after rushing to save a COVID-positive patient.
The woman reportedly went into anaphylactic shock as she prepared for an MRI on Tuesday, forcing the health workers to spring into action.
The 10 workers were wearing PPE at the time but felt their PPE may have been compromised in the rush to help the woman.
” Not only were they wearing PPE, they were vaccinated,” Minister D’Ath said.
“The moment the incident was over and this woman’s life was safe, they immediately self-reported they were concerned their PPE might be compromised and sought advice as to whether they should be quarantining or not.
“They have gone above and beyond.
“I want to thank them. I want to thank all of the health workers who work in COVID wards and around our hospitals. Their jobs are not easy.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was also full of praise for the workers.
“They put their own lives at risk to go in and help a COVID positive patient who went into anaphylactic shock,” the Premier said.
“I’m proud of each and every one of them. I know that Queenslanders are proud of them as well.
“They just went in and did exactly what anyone who works in our health service would do.
“It just happens so quickly. There was no hesitation. They just went in and helped out and thankfully the woman survived that particular episode.”