February 9, 2021

Queensland Health is continuing to monitor the situation in NSW and Victoria regarding their most recent confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said she was pleased with the high rates of testing and contact tracing in both States.

However, she said a hotel quarantine worker in Victoria has again been confirmed as infectious while in the community.

“I encourage anyone who has been in Victoria since February 5 to check the list of venues attended by this case and follow the health advice,” Dr Bennett said.

Dr Bennett said anyone in Queensland who has been to these venues at the specified time and date should be tested immediately, isolate for 14 days and call 13-HEALTH.

As well, anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne since February 5 should come forward and get tested if they experience any symptoms.

In NSW, local authorities are investigating whether a person who tested positive two days after completing their mandatory hotel quarantine period was infectious while in the community.

Dr Bennett said anyone who has been in NSW since February 1 should check the list of venues attended by the latest case.

Anyone in Queensland who has been in NSW since February 2 should come forward and get tested if they experience any symptoms.

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Fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been detected again in Queensland sewage treatment plants, this time at Pimpama, Coombabah, Merrimac and Loganholme.

Dr Bennett encouraged residents of the Gold Coast and neighbouring Logan areas especially to be alert for any symptoms and get tested even if they experience only mild symptoms.

“While it’s possible that these detections relate to previous COVID-19 cases who can shed viral fragments for a couple of months after they are no longer infectious, it is concerning that there have been three detections on the Gold Coast over the same testing period,” Dr Bennett said.

“If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.”

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