Health Minister Yvette D’Ath

September 2, 2021

A second interstate truck driver has tested positive to COVID-19 during routine testing.

The 46-year-old driver, from the Logan area, was tested at Pimpama late last week and is believed to have been possibly infectious in the community from August 28 to September 1.

The driver is believed to be now in NSW but his household contacts in Queensland are being tested.

This was the second COVID-related incident on the Gold Coast revealed by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday.

She said a school had been closed after children boasted about sneaking into Queensland from Victoria.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the family of five, including three children under the age of 10, had recently travelled to Melbourne and returned “via an inland route”.

She said the family was not co-operating with authorities and had refused to be tested or reveal where they have been.

Ms D’Ath said some of the family members were unwell, but it was not known yet if they had COVID.

Two of the children attended a college at Carrara on Tuesday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said all students at the school would have to go into quarantine for 14 days if the two children were not tested.

The incidents have put health authorities on high alert.

Ms D’Ath urged anyone with any symptoms in the Logan or Gold Coast council areas to get tested and isolate until they received their results.

UPDATE: Queensland Health said on Thursday afternoon that all members of the Gold Coast family have now been tested for COVID-19. The results are expected to be available on Friday.

UPDATE September 3: The Gold Coast family has tested negative to COVID-19.

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