“Very concerned” Gold Coast school forced into quarantine after family sneak across border

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 given that it has happened over the last five days”.

“We’re just working through his household to test everyone in his household and we’re trying to contact him so we can find out what exposure venues there have been,” Dr Young said.

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.

“Police have informed us that they have information that they’ve returned around three days ago and two of the children went to school and those children told their classmates that they had recently been in Melbourne,” Dr Young said

“So police then attended the school yesterday and the family of five is now in hotel quarantine and we are working with them.”

PHOTO: 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.

“At this stage, they have not agreed to be tested,” Dr Young said.

“So, therefore, I have had to ask that all children who attend the same school to go into quarantine until we are able to get test results from these two children.

“If we can’t get those two children tested then that school will be in quarantine for 14 days.”

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.