COVID-19

Anxious wait for 17 close contacts

One new local case has been detected in the state overnight, the husband of the 44-year-old Melbourne woman who tested positive on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday, almost a week after she first developed symptoms on June 3. They are both in quarantine at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said 17 close contacts had been identified, two of which were the family members they were staying with at Caloundra. The other 15 were at venues at the same time as the couple as they travelled into the state. “Of the 17 immediate close contacts, three have tested negative already, we’ve got those results,” Dr Young said. “But we need to continue all of that testing.”Covid Road TripDr Young said it appeared as though the couple were at the end of their illness, which means the risk was lower than initially feared. “Because I believe this risk is a little bit lower, I haven’t asked all of our vulnerable facilities to go into lockdown at this stage,” she said. “Anyone who’s been to any of the venues, or anyone who’s unwell shouldn’t visit any of those facilities for 14 days since they were at the venue at the same time that the individuals from Melbourne attended.”COVID alertsQueensland Police are investigating how the couple came to enter the state as the border was closed to Victorians unless they had an exemption. The pair left Victoria on June 1, four days into Victoria’s lockdown, and travelled through regional NSW before crossing into Queensland at the Goondiwindi border. All three states have scrambled to track the pair’s movements and test anyone who came into contact with them. There were six new cases of Covid-19 detected in hotel quarantine as of Thursday morning.

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