Two new local COVID-19 cases in Qld, both in GC community while infectious

The southern Gold Coast is on COVID-19 alert after an infected person spent several days in the community while infectious.

The man, who is connected to the growing aviation cluster in Brisbane, has been holidaying around the Kirra area with his wife and two children over the last week.

He stayed at the Iconic Kirra Beach Resort for four days from September 25th and was infectious in the community during that time.


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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said he visited several venues in the area including the North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, the Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, Timezone, local cafes and the Woolworths at The Strand.

“We’ll put out the specific times,” Dr Young said.

“But please, anyone who has been to any of the venues or anywhere in that part of the Gold Coast over the last week, if you’ve got any symptoms at all, now is the time to really please come forward and get tested.”

The other case is a gentleman who travels up and down from New South Wales, picking up animals and relocation them.

He was on the Gold Coast picking up an animal for just one day, September 29th.

Dr Young said he didn’t spend a huge amount of time in the community.

“I don’t think he’s a risk, he’s unrelated to any of our other cases,” she said.

There was a third case was detected in hotel quarantine and acquired overseas.

There were 19,764 tests conducted right across the state in the last 24 hours.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state had avoided another lockdown for now.

“The fundamental reason we are not in lockdown is because we do not have any seeding or unlinked community transmission,” the Premier said.

“If we do see any unlinked community transmission, I’m quite sure that Dr Young will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown.”

Dr Young admitted she was still concerned about the unfolding situation.

“I’m still concerned,” she said.

“It’s really important that people comply with the restrictions that are in place for those six Local Government Areas.”

She also urged Queenslanders in those areas to adhere to the restrictions in place, even if they go away to a different area over the long weekend.

“When you move out of one of those six LGAs, you take those restrictions with you wherever you move,” she said.

“So you need to wear a mask at all times. You need to be seated when you’re eating and drinking. So you’ve got to follow exactly the same restrictions as if you’re at home.

“And those people who are coming from areas that don’t have those restrictions, when they come into an area that does have the restrictions – so say someone has been up at Cairns and they’re coming back to Brisbane, then when they come into Brisbane, they’re bound by the restrictions when they enter Brisbane.”

The future of the NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday is still under a cloud, with officials leaving it right up until Sunday morning to make a decision.

“Can I just make it very clear – if the advice is to go into lockdown, we will go into lockdown. OK!” she said.

“This is serious.

“It’s going to depend what happens tomorrow, it’s going to depend on what’s happening the next day.

But it’s encouraging news today that we do not have any unlinked community transmission when we’ve had a high level of testing.

“I will have no qualms [to call a lockdown].

“People know me. They know Dr Young. We will act swiftly and we will go hard and fast and no ifs and no buts.”