Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region in Covid-19 health Alert
Queensland has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus, with a 26-year-old Brisbane man infectious in the community since last Friday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the man from the Brisbane suburb of Stafford has been infectious in the community since last Friday.
From midday aged care facilities, hospitals and prisons in the Brisbane City Council area will not be allowed visitors.
Ms Palaszczuk said people in crowded places in those areas will now be required to wear masks.
"These are sensible precautions to look after our most vulnerable," Ms Palaszczuk said.
People will also be required to wear masks in crowded areas.
“If you’re going to a football match on the weekend, wear your mask going into the venue. If you are on a crowded train, put a mask on,” she said
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the man, who is a landscaper, developed symptoms on Monday and got tested yesterday at the Nundah respiratory clinic.
He was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Thursday night and Dr Young said it was not known how the man became infected.
He is being treated at the Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital.
"We will be getting genome sequencing results later today or early tomorrow," she said.
"We need to make sure we are socially distancing and where we can't, to wear a mask.
"If you are in that vulnerable cohort, maybe stay at home for the next three days until we understand exactly what is happening here."
A detailed public health alert will be issued later today on what locations the man had visited.
Do I Need to get Tested : Yes — if you visited the same locations as the man at the same time.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young also says anyone who feels unwell in the Brisbane or Moreton Bay areas should come forward to get tested immediately.
"It is testing that will help us get out of this particular incident, as we have with other incidents," Dr Young said.
The man visited several venues across the river city and Moreton Bay region while he was potentially infectious.
Anyone who was at the following venues at the same time has been asked to get tested, whether they have symptoms or not.
However Dr Young provided some details at this morning's press conference:
- March 20, at 11:00am, he was in the Carindale shopping centre and visited quite a few shops
- March 20, Baskin and Robbins ice cream store at Everton Park
- March 21, 9:00am the fresh food market stall at Gasworks in Newstead
- March 21, 12:20pm, Mumma's Italian Waterfront restaurant at Redcliffe
- March 22, worked outside as a landscaper in Paddington
- March 22, 12:20pm drive-through at Guzman and Gomez in Stafford
- March 22, 1:00pm Bunnings at Stafford
Dr Young said she would not be mandating other new compulsory health precautions "at this point".
"I'm just asking that everyone adhere to the requirements that are still place, that is, in indoor areas, one person per 2 square metres," she said.
"Outdoors we know is really low risk, so let’s go out and really enjoy the outdoors this weekend.
"[But] most importantly of all, everyone, please stay home if you're sick, as this gentleman did who's tested positive.
"Come forward and get tested so we know what’s going on so we can contact trace."
There is no date, yet given when the restrictions will cease
There are 69 active cases in the state, including six new cases in hotel quarantine, three from Papua New guinea and one from Ethiopia.
There have been 7,584 tests in the past 24 hours.
Ms Palaszczuk said there were signs of people in the community dropping their guard, but the pandemic was not over.
"Can I just make some observations? People are not social distancing," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Please, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Now is not the time to break our social distancing, our good hand hygiene and the handshakes."
Earlier this month, a doctor at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital contracted the highly contagious UK strain after treating a returned traveller who was staying at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
All hospitals, prisons, aged care facilities and disability services went into lockdown for almost a week as a precaution in response to the case.
A second guest staying at the hotel also contracted the virus from the returned traveller but an investigation was unable to determine how it was spread.
Further information will be provided throughout the day.
Visits at aged care facilities, disability care services, prisons and hospitals across Brisbane and Moreton Bay have been banned until further notice.
Exceptions will be made for end-of-life visits.
All visitors to the facilities are now required to wear a face mask.
Do I Need to wear a face Mask: Yes, in some circumstances.
Dr Young has asked anyone in Brisbane or Moreton Bay to wear masks in crowded places
"If you're somewhere where you can't socially distance, for instance in supermarkets, on public transport, going to big games at stadiums and so forth, put a mask on," she said.
"Once you're seated and in a seat where we know where you are — you've got a ticket and a seat — you don't need to wear a mask at that point.
"Of course if you feel safer, or are happy to, a mask is always a good idea."
People have been asked to socialise outside this weekend if possible.
Vulnerable people, like the elderly and the immuno-compromised, are encouraged to have a quiet weekend at home.
"Outdoor we know is very low risk, so let's go out and really enjoy the outdoors this weekend," Dr Young said.
"If you're going indoors, make sure you adhere to the one per two square metres rule and maintain some social distance from people who aren't in your normal household."
Contact tracing is in progress
Authorities working to find origin of new local case.