First COVID-19 cases in Queensland since May sparks call for precautions

Brisbane businesses are being urged to take precautions as the Queensland capital attempts to isolate the latest COVID-19 flare-ups in the region.

Two 19-year-old old women who recently travelled to Victoria have tested positive to the virus which has prompted the closure of private school Parklands Christian College in Logan. Contact tracing procedures have commenced and any businesses and venues the pair may have attended face closure for cleaning as well.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the women had flown from Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney on flights VA863 and VA977 and had not quarantined on arrival in Brisbane. An investigation has begun into a possible error or incorrect response on their Border Declaration forms.

“Here in Queensland we haven’t had a new case of COVID-19 outside of quarantine since May,” Mr Miles said.

“Both women likely acquired the disease interstate, they have a history of interstate travel, that brings our total number of cases to 1,078 with four now in hospital.

“One of the women was from Logan and the other from Acacia Ridge and are being cared for at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“They both travelled together recently including to Brisbane from Melbourne on the 21 of July via Sydney.”

Queensland border set to close to anyone in Sydney

The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced today that the entire Greater Sydney region would now be declared a COVID-19. That means anyone who has been in Greater Sydney will be denied entry into Queensland from 1am on Saturday. Victorians are already banned from entering Queensland.

Aged care centres locked down, shopping centres and restaurants closed

As a precaution against any potential flare-up of COVID-19, the Queensland Government has locked down all aged care centres in the Metro South region from visitors.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said that would include the extra screening of staff members and preventing workers from operating across multiple centres.

“Shopping centres, a school, restaurants will close now for at least 48 hours while we arrange a deep clean of those facilities and contact trace people who attended,” she said.

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During the initial months of COVID-19 spreading through Queensland, Brisbane business Ionyx responded by developing a work health and safety app to help companies keep their doors open while staying safe from potential infection.

This app allows businesses to send simple health checks to workers, contractors, customers and visitors before they enter the premises. If they are flagged as potentially having symptoms of COVID-19, have travelled recently or have had potentially had recent contact with someone who has the virus, then they can be excluded from the premises and properly quarantined.

Workers who need to access other premises or homes can also use SPR to screen people inside before entering. 

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