Covid-19 Queensland: Gold Coast on edge as GP clinic closed after patient tested positive for Delta

Queensland is on edge as GP clinic is closed after patient tested positive for Delta variant

  • Queensland on high alert after patient visited Gold Coast’s busy medical practice
  • Infected case visited a major clinic in the region before testing positive for the virus
  • Health authorities praised Gold Coast GP for noticing patient had symptoms

Queensland has been placed on alert after a patient visited a busy GP practice while unknowingly infected with Covid-19.

The infected case visited a clinic on the Gold Coast for another medical reason before their GP noticed they had cold-like symptoms.

The patient was told to get tested for coronavirus and later got a positive result for the highly contagious Delta strain of the virus.

Queensland has been warned of Covid-19 transmission after a patient visited a busy medical practice while unknowingly infected with the virus

Health authorities praised the GP for noticing that the patient showed signs that they had the virus, even if they had no obvious respiratory symptoms. The Gold Coast Bulletin reported

“What I do know is that the person who tested positive was not present with respiratory symptoms, he was there on unrelated matters,” said Gold Coast Primary Health Network board chairman Dr Roger Halliwell.

“And kudos to the GP who said, ‘I think you should do a Covid test because you look like you have a cold’ or something.”

He said the state’s public health unit is now working to contain the spread of the virus at the clinic, which he said was a major medical practice on the Gold Coast.

“But the Delta virus is already circulating in the Gold Coast,” he said.

“This could end very badly like in Sydney – so we have to jump hard and fast to reduce the risk.”

dr. Halliwell said anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 should go to a respiratory clinic and not see their GP.

Queensland has recorded two consecutive days with no community transmission, but overnight, a Covid-infected man was found to be illegally escaping the Sydney lockdown, traveling to Queensland, infecting a Qantas flight attendant and spending seven days roaming before he was caught.

Queensland has recorded two consecutive days of zero Covid-19 community transmission.  Pictured are pedestrians at Burleigh Heads on Saturday

Queensland has recorded two consecutive days of zero Covid-19 community transmission. Pictured are pedestrians at Burleigh Heads on Saturday

dr.  Halliwell said the state's public health unit is now making efforts to contain the spread of the virus after the clinic was exposed to the virus.  Pictured is a pop-up drive-through coronavirus testing facility on display at Centrepoint Church in north Brisbane's Taigum

dr. Halliwell said the state’s public health unit is now making efforts to contain the spread of the virus after the clinic was exposed to the virus. Pictured is a pop-up drive-through coronavirus testing facility on display at Centrepoint Church in north Brisbane’s Taigum

The Sydneysider reportedly disobeyed orders to stay at home after being told he was in close contact with a positive case on July 10 and was not allowed to leave home for 14 days.

He was wrongly informed that he tested negative for Covid-19 two days later, but close contacts of positive cases in New South Wales have been ordered to isolate for two weeks regardless of their test results.

Instead of following health regulations, he flew to Ballina in northern New South Wales on July 14, where he was picked up by a female flight attendant, before driving to the Sunshine State.

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