Health authorities were able to track down a Covid-infected woman after traveling with her husband through three states thanks to ‘pure luck’.
The 44-year-old woman fled Melbourne on June 1 and traveled with her partner through regional NSW before entering Queensland on June 5.
The woman is said to have been visiting family in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast and was tested on Tuesday before giving a positive result on Wednesday.
She had symptoms from June 3, but didn’t want a test until June 8.
The pair were only discovered when the pair came forward for testing because the man needed negative results for work purposes – with health authorities admitting they were lucky the case was caught.
A shock Covid-19 case has been discovered on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (Noosa pictured) after a couple traveled from incarcerated Victoria, one infected with coronavirus
So far, six close contacts of the woman have been identified, including her husband who has tested negative to date.
But Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young fears he could become infected given the time the couple spent in the car together. Both are now at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
dr. Young has said it is possible the woman was contagious from the day she left Melbourne.
“She could very well have been contagious while traveling through New South Wales and I worked with my colleague to determine that,” she told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Queensland currently classifies Victoria as a Covid-19 hotspot and anyone entering from the state must complete the hotel quarantine.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath and Dr. Young held a press conference Wednesday afternoon confirming the case and adding a number of exposure locations in Queensland.
The positive woman was at Bunnings in Caloundra, QLD, on June 7 between 12:10 and 12:45.
The woman visited the Goondiwindi McDonalds on June 5 between 07:35 and 07:50
“We don’t know why they left or what the situation was,” Dr. Young told reporters.
“Hopefully we have this early and there are no other positive cases and community transmission.
“It wasn’t until the last hour that we definitely confirmed this by double-checking the results.”
They think she may be at the end of her infection when doing her test.
There are reports that the woman lied on her tax return form when she entered the state.
Timeline infected woman:
1 June: Leaving Melbourne and traveling through New South Wales
5 June: Arrived at the border of Goondiwindi and crossed to Queensland
7:35am – 7:50am: Goondiwindi McDonalds
11-11am: Toowoomba Caltex
June the 6th:
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Sunny’s in Moffat Beach
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Coffee Cat at Kings Beach
10:45 – 11:30: Stockland Caloundra Shopping Center – Coffee Club and Kmart Shops
12.10 – 12.45: Sandwiches in Caloundra
13.00 – 14.00: Kawana Shoppingworld Shopping
15h50 – 16h00: Baringa IGA in Caloundra
The Amaroo Tavern in NSW has been added to the list of possible exposure locations
The couple had visited the Kawana Shoppingworld in Queensland on June 7 between 1 pm and 2 pm
Police have suggested the pair crossed the NSW-Queensland border at Goondiwindi rather than along the Gold Coast as fewer officers patrolled.
“If you try to enter Queensland illegally via the Gold Coast, there is a good chance you will be identified and intercepted,” Gold Coast Police Commissioner Rhys Wildman said.
Authorities in NSW have issued warnings to several regional centers after the pair stopped in Forbes, Dubbo, Moree and Gillenbah.
NSW locations to be on the lookout for include a Woolworths in Moree and a petrol station in Dubbo.
Anyone who has visited the sites has been urged to be immediately tested and isolated until further instructions are given.
Queensland’s list of exposure locations includes a McDonald’s restaurant in Goondiwindi, where they crossed the border from NSW, and locations on the Sunshine Coast, including Moffat Beach, Kings Beach, Buddina, Baringa and Caloundra.
The pair were only discovered when the pair came forward for testing as the man needed negative results for work purposes – with health authorities admitting they were lucky the case was caught (pictured Melbourne cyclist this week)
The couple also traveled through Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. The list of exposure sites is on the Queensland Health website and will inevitably grow.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said Queensland Police will investigate why the pair entered the solar state.
“We have a couple who have come from Victoria, while Victoria is in lockdown, to Queensland,” he said.
“We’ll be looking into all those issues around fitting — whether they were appropriate and what happened — it’s too early to say.
“It’s very important for us to remind the whole community that we can’t possibly control every single person who moves across the country.”
NSW LOCATIONS ON ALERT
Gillenbah, Caltex Narrandera on Tuesday, June 1, from 10.30am – 11am
Forbes, Vandenberg Hotel on Tuesday, June 1, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Forbes, Brew Coffee Bar on Wednesday, June 2 from 7am – 10am
dubbo, CSC – Church Street Cafe on Wednesday, June 2 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
dubbo, Lecture Cinemas Dubbo on Wednesday 2 June from 18.00 – 22.00 hours
dubbo, Homestead Motel on Wednesday 2 June at 12.00 – Thursday 3 June at 10.00
More, Gwydir Carpark/Motel & Thermal Pools on Thursday 3rd June at 1:45 PM – all day from Friday 4th June to Saturday 5th June at 7:30 AM
More, Cafe Omega on Thursday 3rd June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Friday 4th June from 7am – 9.30am and Friday 4th June from 11.50am – 2pm
More, Amaroo Tavern on Friday, June 4 from 4.30pm – 11pm
dubbo, Shell Petrol Station on Wednesday 2 June from 10.30 am – 11.30 am
More, Woolworths Moree on Thursday 3rd June from 3.30pm – 4.30pm