April 3, 2021
One case of locally acquired case COVID-19 was announced in Queensland on Saturday, linked to the latest Brisbane clusters.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the man attended the Black Hops Brewery in East Brisbane at the same time as a confirmed case on March 20.
He was identified as a close contact on March 27 and went into quarantine.
His initial test while in quarantine was negative.
Dr Young said the man became unwell and was diagnosed with the UK variant when tested a second time.
“This means that he has been in quarantine for his entire infectious period and there is no risk to the public,” she said.
“This individual has been a model case. He has done everything right and as a result, he has not infected anyone else in the community.
“This instance demonstrates the value of our contact tracing network. We have been able to find a potential case, remove him from the community and prevent more people from being infected.
“It is a complex task and there is a lot of pressure but we have a wealth of skilled and experienced contact tracers up to the task.”
More than 2000 people have been in quarantine as a result of being identified as close contacts to confirmed cases in the two clusters.
Over 150 locations have been identified as exposure sites for close, casual or historical contacts.
“I would like to thank those people who have helped us get on top of these clusters,” Dr Young said.
“Going into quarantine can be inconvenient, tedious and sometimes stressful but these people have done it as soon as they were asked, which has helped us contain the outbreaks.
“Likewise, venues and businesses have been incredibly helpful in providing the contact details or other information we need to track down potential cases.
“We need everyone to continue checking the locations listed on our contact tracing website and, if they have been to any of them, to take the action advised.”
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