Contact tracers are anxiously awaiting the test results of three Queensland aged care workers after they were identified as a close contact of a 27-year-old man infected with COVID-19.
The source of the man’s infection is believed to be the group of women who travelled to Melbourne and dined at a Korean restaurant instead of being in quarantine.
The man is believed to have dined with his wife and sister at the Madtongsan IV restaurant in Sunnybank.
Both of those women are nurses at the Pinjarra Hills Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care facility, along with a third person who has been in contact with the new case.
That facility has been placed into lockdown, with all residents isolated to their rooms.
The trio worked at the facility for five days before learning of their exposure.
“Everyone’s feeling quite devastated and really concerned about what the potential impact of this might be,” a spokesperson for the facility said.
“Directly impacted staff (when they) learnt of their potential exposure were incredibly responsible, did not present to work the next day and went and got tested.”
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was “highly likely” one or both of the women would test positive to COVID-19.
Premier Annastacia Palasczuk said 1500 contacts had been traced back to the three cases linked to the two women who travelled to Melbourne and are being criminally investigated.
The Madtongsan IV Korean Restaurant in Sunnybank. (Google Maps)
Dr Young said the aged care facility already had COVID-safe plans in place and made a rapid response as a precaution.
“One of those two individuals, that I believe probably has COVID-19 works at that aged care facility,” she said.
“Until I find out which individual has had the infection and which individual worked there, I have asked that the aged care facility take a very, very cautious response.”
Queensland is tightening its restrictions on nursing homes. (Google Street View)
The restrictions came into effect from 8.00pm yesterday and will remain in place until further notice.
Police prepare for influx of Sydney travellers
It comes as police expect 8000 people to fly into Brisbane today from interstate, with people keen to get back before borders close Greater Sydney.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police were well prepared ahead of the influx.
‘Greater Sydney’ stretches to the Central Coast. (Nine)
“Certainly those people that are coming out of the Greater Sydney hotspot, that have a border declaration pass will be getting push notifications telling them that there is changed circumstances and they need to update their passes,” he said.
“That is just an example of some of the things we have done to try to streamline the system. High confidence there.”
Inquiries into infected Melbourne travellers have concluded: police
Queensland Police say their inquiries into the case of a group of young women who travelled to Melbourne without quarantining on their return have concluded.
“The investigation into the three women who have returned from Victoria into Queensland has obviously resulted in charges,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.
“They will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 28 September and this obviously is for providing false information and fraud charges.”
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police had high confidence they had all the details and information they needed in relation to the case.
It comes after earlier reports one of the women was not willing to cooperate with police.
Commissioner Carroll also expressed her disappointment some of the community’s response to the women’s case.
“We have seen community members making comments about certain cultural groups and ethnicities. This is not productive at all,” she said.
“People doing the wrong thing come from all walks of life, backgrounds and community groups.
“So it is important, especially in these times, that community groups actually come together rather than fracture.”
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said fever testing clinics have also become overwhelmed by the “record number” of people getting tested for COVID-19.
“As I said, record levels of testing, but in some cases that has overwhelmed our fever clinics,” Mr Miles said.
“We want to thank everybody who has got tested. We want to thank them for their patients, apologise for delays where they have occurred, testing is incredibly important.”
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