The State’s top doctor has pleaded for Gold Coasters to remain on high alert for symptoms of COVID-19 following a number of “concerning incidents” over the past few days.
A truck driver who lives at Windaroo in Logan tested positive to COVID-19 at Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast on the weekend as part of routine testing for truck drivers, before travelling into NSW.
The 46-year-old man spent five days in the community while infectious, from August 28 to September 1, sparking fears of community transmission.
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He remains on the road in NSW, with authorities now desperately working to get in contact with him in order to identify any exposure sites in the sunshine state.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young admitted the case is “concerning
A Gold Coast family of five has also put the city on edge after they allegedly illegally travelled to Melbourne and back via the state’s back roads.
Dr Young said officials were tipped off about the family’s movements after two of the children “boasted” about the trip to fellow students at The Australian International Islamic College in Carrara.
The school has now been closed, with all students and staff forced into home quarantine.
Dr Young said the family in question is refusing to cooperate with authorities, who are struggling to trace their movements.
Dr Young said she remains “very concerned” about the family, who are refusing to undergo COVID-19 testing despite some family members being unwell.
“I just desperately want to be able to test them,” she said.
As a result of the latest incidents, health officials are desperately urging anyone on the Gold Coast with even the slightest virus symptoms to come forward and get tested.
Queensland authorities are also continuing contact tracing efforts in regards to a case reported in Queensland yesterday, involving a NSW truck driver.
A number of exposure sites linked to the truckie, who was only infectious in Queensland for one day, have been listed at Archerfield, Goondiwindi and Bundamba for August 26.