Northern Queensland residents furious after ‘selfish’ Covid-infected woman was allowed to fly home

Locals in sleepy North Queensland town express outrage after ‘selfish’ Covid-infected woman was allowed to fly out of Melbourne despite being declared a hotspot

  • Woman, 20, has locals in Far North Queensland on edge after positive Covid test
  • She went to a pub identified as a Tier One Exposure site in Melbourne on July 10
  • Woman did not self-isolate, was in community, second test was positive
  • Labeled as ‘selfish’ by outraged members of the Mareeba Community page on Facebook

Locals from a town in far north Queensland have expressed outrage after a Covid-infected woman flew home from an identified hotspot in Melbourne.

The woman, a college student in her 20s, boarded a flight to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne on July 13 and received a text from Victoria Health two days later.

She was told she had attended a ‘Tier one’ exposure site at the Young and Jackson Pub in Melbourne’s CBD on July 10.

But instead of isolating herself in the Sunshine State after being tested for Covid, she chose to catch up with friends, go shopping and visit the popular Rice Boi restaurant in Mooloolaba twice in one day, health officials confirmed. Queensland.

The woman then made her way to her hometown of Mareeba in Far North Queensland on July 16, following a negative test result, but soon began to develop symptoms and received a positive result on July 18.

Locals from a town in far north Queensland have expressed outrage after a Covid-infected woman flew home from an identified Melbourne hotspot (pictured, local shops in Mareeba where the woman is from)

Despite receiving a text that she had visited a Tier One exposure site in Melbourne's CBD and should self-isolate, the woman was out in the community, visiting locations such as Rice Boi in Mooloolaba

Despite receiving a text that she had visited a Tier One exposure site in Melbourne’s CBD and should self-isolate, the woman was out in the community, visiting locations such as Rice Boi in Mooloolaba

Melbourne's Young and Jackson pub (pictured) has been identified as a Tier One exposure site - it was also a site the infected woman visited in Far North Queensland on July 10

Melbourne’s Young and Jackson pub (pictured) has been identified as a Tier One exposure site – it was also a site the infected woman visited in Far North Queensland on July 10

According to the courier post, the woman returned home for the school holidays and took an Uber, a bus and the Airtrain.

She then flew from Brisbane to Cairns, where a relative picked her up from the airport.

Following news of the infected woman flying in from an identified Melbourne hotspot, the response was brutal on social media.

Dozens of people labeled the student “selfish” on a local Facebook community page, with one person asking, “How hard is it to stay around you?”

A third said she felt “vulnerable” because she is older.

A Queensland Health spokeswoman said the woman should have been in self-isolation for 14 days after receiving the text message from the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria on 15 July.

Anyone who has visited a location that is considered a ‘Tier One’ exposure site in Victoria must self-isolate – even if the Covid test turns out to be negative.

The spokeswoman also said relatives and friends of the woman are now considered close contacts and should isolate themselves until they receive their result.

The woman, who was transferred to a hospital in Brisbane on Monday, was fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

She is also adamant that she wore masks when traveling on public transport, but Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young admitted she was concerned that the virus would still spread in the community.

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