A COVID-19 patient who has triggered a health scare on Queensland’s Gold Coast after returning from Victoria and being contagious in the community for over a week had connections to a Victorian trucking company and a chauffeur service in Queensland.
- An investigation is underway into how the man was able to travel from Victoria to Queensland
- A relative has declined to comment on the man’s condition, or how he got into Queensland
- It’s more than two weeks since Queensland filed a local COVID-19 case
It is more than two weeks ago that Queensland registered a local COVID-19 case and is coming when Queenslanders are urged to be vaccinated before the border reopens.
The unvaccinated man, who has not used the QR code tracking system since September, is so ill that authorities have struggled to communicate with him to track his movements while he was contagious.
Last night, Queensland Health listed a barber shop, a movie theater, a service station and a block of flats as exhibits.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk described the man as “very ill”.
The man, in his 30s, had been in Melbourne and then traveled back to Queensland, to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, where he resides.
Mrs Palaszczuk said an investigation was under way into how the man was able to travel from Victoria to Queensland.
Health chief Jeannette Young said the man developed symptoms on October 11, indicating he was contagious in the community on October 9, when he was in Melbourne.
Dr. Young said the man then became “more and more uncomfortable” and went to Robina’s emergency room and registered a positive test for COVID-19 on October 20th.
Later that day, he was transferred to Gold Coast Hospital.
She said the man lived alone and was an Uber driver.
Uber issued a statement yesterday stating that the man had not been driving with Uber since September 19th.
Dr. Young said the man was “so ill that he has difficulty communicating and has difficulty remembering”.
“It’s very difficult,” she said.
A phone number the man had used for a chauffeur service on the Gold Coast earlier this year was also used for a trucking company based in Keysborough, Victoria.
A relative living in Keysborough last night declined to comment on the man’s condition or how he got into Queensland.
Contact tracking is in progress
Several locations have been listed for the man or his employees’ movements, five of which are “casual contact points” for his Gold Coast rental unit at Island Beach Resort for the dates of October 16 to October 19.
Another casual stopover was the Freedom Fuels gas station at 281 Learoyd Road at Acacia Ridge on the south side of Brisbane on 19 October from 6.25pm to 6.40pm.
Another site, Gilly Barber on Archerfield Road in Richlands, was listed as a “close contact” site from 5:10 pm to 6:00 pm on October 18th.
Last night, Gilly Barber owner Balkar Shergill said he had been asked by Queensland Health to disclose details of movements in his business on the date.
“I just got the call to say there was a positive case and they did not tell me much information,” Mr Shergill said.
“I have to follow it up and make a timeline at the moment.”
Another close contact site was listed as 7:17 pm to 10:45 pm in the film Honsla Rakh, which was shown at Hoyt’s Cinema Stafford on 18 October.
The entire cinema was listed as a low-risk contact person in the period between 19:00 and 23:00.
The list of Queensland Health contact tracking sites is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
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