Covid scare for QLD and NSW after Melbourne traveller tests positive

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Queensland authorities are investigating a coronavirus case involving a traveller from Melbourne who ended up on the Sunshine Coast.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the woman, 44, was infectious while in the community.

She said the woman and her partner left Victoria on June 1, when the state was in lockdown, travelled through NSW and arrived in Queensland on June 5, crossing the the border at Goondiwindi.

They stopped at Toowoomba, before travelling on to Caloundra where they were staying with family members.

Queensland police question a motorist at the Queensland / New South Wales border checkpoint. Source: AAP
Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the woman, 44, was infectious while in the community. Source: AAP

The 44-year-old was tested for Covid on Tuesday after developing symptoms on June 3 and her infection was confirmed on Wednesday.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it is possible the woman was infectious while travelling through NSW, prompting the southern state to alert residents of numerous exposure sites.

Health officials said the woman is now at the Sunshine Coast hospital with her husband, who has so far tested negative.

"Any case of Covid is frustrating. The community has had to put up with so much now for 18 months," Dr Young said.

Kmart, Bunnings, McDonalds, IGA among QLD exposure sites

The new local infection has led to numerous possible covid exposure sites, including a McDonald's, Bunnings and Kmart.

Anyone who has visited the locations below during the set times should get tested, whether they have symptoms or not.

  • Goondiwindi McDonald's — June 5, from 7:35am to 7:50am

  • Caltex super petrol station in Toowoomba — June 5, 11am to 11:15am

  • Sunnis at Moffat Beach in Sunshine Coast — June 6, 2:45pm to 3pm

  • Copycat at Kings Beach — June 6, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

  • Centrepoint shopping plaza in Caloundra — June 7, 10:45am to 11:30am

  • Coffee Club and Kmart in Stockland Shopping Centre on June 7

  • Bunnings in Caloundra — June 7, 12:10pm to 12:45pm

  • Kawana Shoppingworld — June 7, 1pm to 2pm

  • Toilets near IGA in Caloundra — June 8

Melbourne's recent coronavirus cases has prompted Queensland to roll back quarantine requirements for travellers beginning on Friday, except for those who have been in the inner city.

A police officer directs passengers who came on a special international repatriation flight in Brisbane. Source: AAP
NSW health officials have revealed the infectious woman had stopped at numerous places as she travelled through the state. Source: AAP

NSW Covid exposure sites stem from Queensland case

NSW health officials have revealed the infectious woman had stopped at numerous places as she travelled through the state, including Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree.

She signed in to several venues using QR codes.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must immediately get tested and isolate.

  • Caltex Narrandera, Gillenbah — June 1, 10.30 am to 11am

  • Vandenberg Hotel, Forbes — June 1, 6pm to 10.00pm

  • Brew Coffee Bar, Forbes — June 2, 7am to 10am

  • CSC - Church Street Cafe, Dubbo — June 2, 11.30am to 2.30pm

  • Shell Petrol Station, Dubbo — June 2, 10.30am to 11:30am

  • Reading Cinemas Dubbo, Dubbo — June 2, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

  • Homestead Motel, Dubbo — June 2 12pm to June 3 at 10am

  • Woolworths Moree, Moree — June 3, 3.30pm to 4:30pm

  • Gwydir Carpark/Motel & Thermal Pools, Moree — June 3 at 1:45pm, all day June 4 to June 5 at 7:30am

  • Cafe Omega, Moree — June 3, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, June 4, 7am to 9.30am and 11.50am to 2.00pm

  • Amaroo Tavern, Moree — June 4, 4:30pm to 11pm

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