Fears of Covid exposure after hotel quarantine worker tests positive

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A worker at a Queensland quarantine hotel has tested positive for Covid-19 overnight, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Thursday.

Queensland recorded two Covid cases on Thursday, one being the hotel worker, the other being a child in hotel quarantine who had recently travelled from the UK.

The hotel worker is employed on a casual basis as a cleaner at the Grand Chancellor hotel in Brisbane.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the cleaner’s infectious period started on January 2.

Queensland has confirmed two new Covid cases on Thursday. Source: AAP
Queensland has confirmed two new Covid cases on Thursday. Source: AAP

Ms Palaszczuk stressed the cleaner at the quarantine hotel did “everything right”.

"This cleaner did everything right," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"She developed the symptoms Wednesday and was tested yesterday. “

Quarantine workers are tested weekly, Dr Young said.

Queensland Health have added places where the cleaner has been between January 2 and January 6.

On January 2, the cleaner was on the train from Altandi station to Roma Street station at 7am and then a train from from Central Station to Altandi station in Brisbane at 4pm on the same day.

The cleaner worked at the Grand Chancellor hotel in Brisbane. Source: Google Maps
The cleaner worked at the Grand Chancellor hotel in Brisbane. Source: Google Maps

She also visited the Woolworths at Calamvale North between 11am and 12pm on January 3, and Coles in Sunnybank Hills on January 5 between 7.30am and 8pm.

From 8am to 8.15am on January 5, the cleaner went to a Newsagent at Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town.

Anyone who has been to these venues during this time should monitor for symptoms and get tested if any present.

New case ends Queensland streak of no local transmission

The infection ends almost four months of zero locally acquired cases in the state.

"Queensland has done a great job containing this virus in our community for 113 days. Sadly, today we do have a locally acquired case," Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said on Thursday.

The Sunshine State now has 20 active COVID-19 cases and the new positive case comes from 15,000 tests over the previous 24-hour period.

Ms Palaszczuk has also announced travellers coming from Greater Sydney will not be allowed into Queensland until at least the end of January.

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