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COVID-19 UPDATE: Three new local cases

Posted: 10am 15 Jul 2021

There have been five new cases in Queensland in the past 24 hours, two are in hotel quarantine and three are the result of community transmission.

The three include a 12-year-old boy who had been in hotel quarantine in Sydney and travelled with a parent to Brisbane on flight QF544 and has since tested positive. His father has also tested positive. The boy and his mother returned to Brisbane on July 9 and live at Newport.

The pair had been in the US for three months before returning to Sydney. The boy became unwell and saw a doctor at Aspley, went to a pharmacy next door and was tested at Kippa-Ring. His mother has so far tested negative, but his father (who did not travel to the US) has since tested positive. He was infectious while at work on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

Queensland Health is working with the family to identify potential exposure sites.

The third case is a fully vaccinated Brisbane International Airport worker who lives at Tarragindi. The case is a woman in her 40s who worked at the airport while unknowingly infectious and became unwell on July 13. Queensland Health is working with her to identify potential exposure sites.

As a result, the planned easing of restrictions including no longer needing to wear masks has been abandoned. Residents from 11 local government areas including the Moreton Bay Region will need to continue wearing masks for the next week (until 6am, July 23). 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the steps are needed to avoid a lockdown and to give contact tracers time to do their work.

"I know people are going to be disappointed by that but what we don't want to see is these outbreaks that are happening across the country," she says.

"We have to get on top of these things quickly."

Ms Palaszczuk says, as a result of the worsening situation in Victoria, she is urging Queenslanders not to go there and for those already there to consider coming home. Queenslanders are also being urged not to go to New South Wales.

The new cases take Queensland's total to 50 active cases. There have been more than 12,000 tests in the past 24 hours and more than 14,000 people have been vaccinated. 

Ms Palaszczuk is urging anyone with symptoms to get tested, saying it is the best way we can protect the community.

"We are seeing the spot fires happening across the nation and we need to get this under control," she says.

New exposure sites will be added later today.

Mystery cases

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says genome sequencing on all three cases should be completed today and will hopefully shed light on how they became infected. She does not believe they are linked to existing cases in South East Queensland. This means there is one, possibly two new outbreaks.

She is urging anyone over 60 who has not already been vaccinated to contact their GP or vaccination clinic to receive their vaccine.  

Dr Young says she is particularly concerned about the Brisbane International Airport worker who worked for three days and did not know she was infectious. Contact tracers will now work to identify who she came into contact with.

"Any of those people could have, of course, gone home anywhere in South East Queensland, so we just need to maintain those restrictions for another seven days. I know they're difficult. I'm sure everyone is sick and tired of wearing masks - they're uncomfortable - but they are extremely important," she says.

Dr Young says she is closely watching the situation in New South Wales and Victoria. There will be no changes to the border at this time, but she is urging people not to go there in a case there is a need to close the border.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles says he understands today's news is disappointing for people, including those in the hospitality industry, who were counting on restrictions easing tomorrow.

"An extra week of masks is better than a lockdown and that's what we're trying to avoid," Mr Miles says.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath says it is important people continue to social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing of masks, staying at home when unwell and getting tested.

"We need people to take any symptoms whatsoever seriously and get tested at any one of our clinics, public or private across Queensland," she says.

Ms DÁth is also urging Queenslanders who have travelled interstate to check the Queensland Health exposure sites website at least once a day to ensure they have not visited an exposure site in another state.

"If we all do this, we can keep our community safe," she says.

Possible exposure sites

Close contacts

If you have been to this location in Queensland at the relevant times you must do the following:

  1. immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine
  2. get tested at your earliest opportunity
  3. complete the online contact tracing form by clicking or tapping on the name for the relevant location in the table below. A pop up window will appear with specific advice for that location and a link to the form.
    If you are unable to complete the contact tracing form please call 134 COVID (134 268).
  4. continue to quarantine even after receiving a negative result. After you complete the contact tracing form you will be contacted by Queensland Health.

If you are no longer in Queensland please check with the relevant state health department for health advice and requirements.

This table last updated 14 Jul 2021 10:05am.


DatePlaceSuburbArrival timeDeparture time
Wednesday 30 June 2021Mens Toilet (ground floor past lolly shop and hairdresser)
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes10.30am10.45am
Wednesday 30 June 2021EB Games
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes10.33am10.48am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Best and Less
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes10.40am10.45am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Health Shop
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes10.45am11am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Coles
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes10.50am11.27am
Wednesday 30 June 2021EB Games
Westfield North Lakes
North Lakes11.17am11.32am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Target Buranda
Buranda Village, 264 Ipswich Road
Woolloongabba2.40pm3.20pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021National Australia Bank [NAB]
Westfield Garden City, Logan Rd
Upper Mount Gravatt3.05pm3.20pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Bunnings Underwood
Compton Road &, Ewing Rd
Underwood6.55pm7.25pm
Thursday 1 July 2021Blended Health Bar
Shop 4/18 Hastings St
Noosa Heads10.47am10.57am
Thursday 1 July 2021Bunnings Underwood
Compton Road &, Ewing Rd
Underwood11.35am11.55am
Thursday 1 July 2021Eumundi Village Pharmacy
1/2-6 Etheridge St
Eumundi5.13pm5.16pm
Friday 2 July 2021St Lucia Golf Links (Pro shop)
Carawa Street
St Lucia7.55am8.20am
Friday 2 July 2021Humdrum Espresso
100 Memorial Dr
Eumundi9.14am9.21am
Friday 2 July 2021K-Mart
Level 1, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Rd
Indooroopilly2.25pm2.55pm
Friday 2 July 2021JB Hi-Fi
Level 1, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Rd
Indooroopilly2.45pm3.15pm
Friday 2 July 2021Woolworths
Level 1, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Rd
Indooroopilly3pm3.30pm

Casual contacts

If you have been to any of the below locations at the relevant times you must do the following:

  1. immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine
  2. get tested at your earliest opportunity
  3. continue to quarantine until you receive a negative result
  4. enter your details into the contact tracing form by clicking or tapping on the name for the relevant location in the table below. You will not be contacted by Queensland Health unless additional information about the exposure changes the risk level
  5. continue to monitor for symptoms, if you become symptomatic get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

If you are no longer in Queensland please check with the relevant state health department for health advice and requirements.

This table last updated 14 Jul 2021 3:51pm.


DatePlaceSuburbArrival timeDeparture time
Monday 28 June 2021Sunshine Beach Newsagency and General Store
44 Duke St
Sunshine Beach6.45pm6.50pm
Tuesday 29 June 2021Kenilworth Country Bakery (donuts)
8 Elizabeth St
Kenilworth10.10am10.45am
Tuesday 29 June 2021BWS, Noosa Fair Shopping Centre
Shop 11, Noosa Fair Shopping Centre, Lanyana Way
Noosa Heads1.30pm1.35pm
Tuesday 29 June 2021K Hub Junction Plaza (Toys and sports)
Plaza Junction Shopping Centre Cnr Noosa Drive & Sunshine Beach Road
Noosa Heads1.35pm1.40pm
Tuesday 29 June 2021Big W Noosa Civic (Toys, Sports and self check out)
28 Eenie Creek Rd
Noosaville1.50pm2.05pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021The Prince Charles Hospital Female Staff Toilet in the Medical Imaging Department
627 Rode Road
Chermside9am3pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Joey’s Restaurant
29 River Terrace
Kangaroo Point11.40am12.15pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Origin Kebabs Buranda
Buranda Village, 264 Ipswich Road
Woolloongabba3pm3.20pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Night Owl
188 Main Street
Kangaroo Point8.15pm8.45pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Eumundi Village Pharmacy
1/2-6 Etheridge St
Eumundi9.33am9.42am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Humdrum Espresso
100 Memorial Dr
Eumundi9.45am10am
Thursday 1 July 2021Harvey Norman (electrical appliance section and cashier in that section)
7/9 Gibson Rd
Noosaville10.25am10.40am
Thursday 1 July 2021Guzman Y Gomez South Bank
179 Grey Street
South Brisbane12pm1pm
Thursday 1 July 2021Night Owl
188 Main Street
Kangaroo Point1pm2pm
Thursday 1 July 2021Sala Thai
102 Memorial Drive
Eumundi6.55pm7.30pm
Friday 9 July 2021Kmart - Riverlink
Shop M3, Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich12.24pm12.40pm
Friday 9 July 2021Vodaphone – Riverlink
Shop 31, Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich12.48pm12.55pm
Friday 9 July 2021Telstra – Riverlink
Shop 32, Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich12.53pm1pm
Friday 9 July 2021JB Hi-Fi – Riverlink
Shop MM3, Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich1pm1.10pm
Friday 9 July 2021Club Services Ipswich (CSI)
5 Lowry St
North Ipswich1.15pm2.15pm
Friday 9 July 2021Chac’s Grill
37 Corsair Ave
Inala7.05pm8pm
Friday 9 July 2021Brisbane Airport International Terminal, Level 3 Departures, toilets in hallway near Newsagency
Airport Drive
Brisbane Airport9.45pm10.15pm

Low risk contacts

If you have been to any of the below locations at the relevant times you must do the following:

  1. get tested but you do not need to isolate unless you have symptoms
  2. if you are experiencing symptoms, quarantine at home until you receive a negative result
  3. continue to monitor for symptoms, if you become symptomatic get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

If you are no longer in Queensland please check with the relevant state health department for health advice and requirements.

This table last updated 14 Jul 2021 3:51pm.

All suburbsBrisbane AirportChermsideIndooroopillyNorth IpswichNorth LakesSt Lucia

DatePlaceSuburbArrival timeDeparture time
Wednesday 30 June 2021The Prince Charles Hospital (Main Entrance and main corridor to Medical Imaging Department)
627 Rode Road
Chermside8.13am8.30am
Wednesday 30 June 2021The Prince Charles Hospital Medical Imaging Department
627 Rode Road
Chermside8.30am2.30pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021Westfield North Lakes
N Lakes Dr
North Lakes10.24am11.30am
Wednesday 30 June 2021Taco Bell – Drive through
Crn Flinders Pde and Diamond Jubilee Way
North Lakes11.45am12.45pm
Wednesday 30 June 2021The Prince Charles Hospital (Main Corridor from Medical Imaging Department to TPCH Main Entrance
627 Rode Road
Chermside2.30pm3pm
Friday 2 July 2021St Lucia Golf Links
Carawa Street
St Lucia8am10am
Friday 2 July 2021Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
322 Moggill Rd
Indooroopilly2.25pm3.30pm
Friday 9 July 2021Riverlink
Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich12.16pm1.10pm
Friday 9 July 2021Riverlink (outside Healthyworld Pharmacy and Nextra)
Riverlink Shopping Centre, Cnr Downs St and The Terrace
North Ipswich2.30pm2.35pm
Friday 9 July 2021Brisbane Airport International Terminal, Level 4 Check in
Airport Drive
Brisbane Airport8.30pm9.35pm
Friday 9 July 2021Brisbane Airport International Terminal, Level 3 Departures
Airport Drive
Brisbane Airport9.35pm11.30pm

Everyone in the community should monitor for symptoms during the pandemic. If symptomatic, please get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

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