COVID-19 cases confirmed by Goondiwindi on Queensland’s southern border

Queensland Health has confirmed that a person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Goondiwindi in the state’s southern border region.

Authorities are investigating the case, including performing genomic sequence tests, but currently consider the case “very low risk”.

The person is currently being taken to a COVID-19 hospital in southeast Queensland.

It is eight days since Queensland last registered a locally acquired COVID-19 case.

At this stage, Queensland Health is still investigating whether the case is related to a truck driver who spent time in the city earlier in the week before later testing positive while in New South Wales.

The truck driver was in the community Sunday and Monday and visited several locations including BP Truckstop, Coles and Kmart.

Local authorities said a public health warning had been issued.

Goondiwindi is a town of about 6,000 inhabitants on the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

The region’s mayor, Lawrence Springborg, said in a statement that health authorities were working to identify and notify any close contacts, as well as locations of exposure, as they became available.

“I understand that Darling Downs Health is investigating the potential for community transfer and that some of the close contacts from this confirmed case are already in isolation,” he said.

“We can take comfort in the fact that the Goondiwindi region has the highest vaccination rate in the state.

“With 81.5 percent fully vaccinated [as of 31 October 2021]”Our community has done everything it can to prepare, and I am convinced that this will serve us well.”

Goondiwindi Mayor Lawrence Springborg
Mayor Lawrence Springborg says the city can take comfort in the fact that the Goondiwindi region has the highest double vaccination rate in the state.(ABC News: Stephen Cavenagh)

Sir. Springborg said that for safety’s sake he had asked the municipality’s staff to limit the interaction with others.

“[I] will encourage others to do the same until we have a better picture of the situation at hand, “he said.

“I would urge everyone who comes into our community – regardless of the side of the border – to make sure you do the right thing to protect our community and get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already done so.”

Further details on the case are expected to be provided at tomorrow’s daily COVID-19 update.

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