Queensland Health adds new COVID exposure sites as authorities track movements of woman with Delta variant


Queensland Health has announced new close contact sites visited by a woman infected with the Delta COVID variant.

Flights between Brisbane and Townsville as well as shops in Magnetic Island, Brisbane and other parts of south-east Queensland have been listed, with instructions for anyone who has visited them to isolate immediately and get tested as soon as possible.

The announcement comes as residents in parts of the state wake to the first day of new restrictions.

Queensland Health had been conducting further sequencing work after a 19-year-old woman, who was infectious in the community for 10 days before testing positive to COVID-19, was confirmed to have the highly contagious Delta variant.

The woman worked in close proximity to the COVID-19 ward at Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital and was not vaccinated.

Two people who live with the woman are unwell, as well as three colleagues and one of her friends. The results of COVID tests for those people are pending.

The woman had travelled from Brisbane to Magnetic Island via Townsville in the state’s north.

Virgin Airlines flight VA369, which flew from Brisbane to Townsville last Thursday morning, along with Sunday’s Townsville to Brisbane flight VA374 have been added to the state’s growing list of exposure sites.

Anyone who was on Magnetic Island between Thursday, June 24 and Sunday, June 27 must now also get tested.

But unless they were at a specific location listed either in the casual or close contacts lists they do not need to isolate while waiting for test results.

Four outlets in the Chermside shopping centre, in Brisbane’s north, have also been added, covering a period of about an hour on Monday between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Queensland Health has also updated its advice for six other locations for which it had already issued alerts.

The latest on the new and updated exposure sites can be found here.

The emergence of the Delta variant has caused more than 3.6 million people to be put into lockdown.

Anyone in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton, Redlands, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Townsville council areas and the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire should stay at home except for:

  • Essential shopping
  • Getting healthcare including your vaccination 
  • Attending essential work or childcare
  • Helping vulnerable people

Masks are mandatory when leaving the house and essential shops will remain open for groceries.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has again urged anyone with even mild cold-like symptoms to get tested.

“I am worried that there might be a case out there in the community that I don’t know about,” Dr Young said on Tuesday.

The lockdown is set to end on Friday at 6:00pm, but if there are a raft of new cases that it is likely to be extended.

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