Queensland Health is setting up a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at South Pine Sports Complex to deal with a surge in tests after it was revealed a Stafford man has contracted COVID-19 through community transmission.
The pop-up clinic will be a drive-through testing centre and people are to remain in their vehicles. Medical staff from Sullivan Nicholaides Pathology will come to the car window to conduct tests.
It will open tomorrow, March 27, at 9am and run from 9am-5pm each day.
A security guard will be on site during testing hours and traffic management will be in place to manage congestion.
For testing, enter via the main entrance, for sport, enter via the back entrance.
Added testing capacity follows news that a 26-year-old Stafford man has tested positive for COVID-19 and had visited a number of venues and businesses in the north Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region, including a restaurant at Redcliffe on Sunday.
Genomic testing has confirmed that Queensland’s latest locally acquired COVID-19 case is linked to the previous cluster announced on March 12.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says it is likely there was one unidentified intermediary who had passed the virus onto today’s positive case.
“We will know more in the next 24 hours, but in the meantime, those identified as visiting the locations in today’s Public Health Alert should immediately get tested and isolate until you receive your results,” she says.
"Additionally, anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted by the Public Health Unit and required to quarantine.
“The detail from the genomic testing is getting faster and better – we know that the gentleman who tested positive on late Thursday night was highly contagious.
“We therefore cannot afford to be complacent – if you have any COVID symptoms at all, please come forward and get tested.”
Queensland Health has also updated its contact tracing advice for Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, Carindale and Mamma’s Italian Restaurant at Redcliffe:
• Anyone who was in any part of Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre between 12pm and 2.16pm on Saturday, 20 March 2021 should immediately get tested and isolate until they receive their result.
• Anyone who visited Mamma’s Italian Restaurant at Redcliffe on 21 March between 12.40pm to 3.10pm will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Public health units will directly contact those people who dined at the restaurant during that time.
To manage the expected increase in demand over the weekend, Queensland Health has stood up additional testing facilities, including the Pine Rivers Assessment Clinic, the Eight Mile Plains Community Health Centre and Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, Gundu. To find your nearest testing clinic, visit the website
It is important to:
• Stay home if you are sick
• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
• Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
• Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
• Leave the location if it is crowded.
If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
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