Queensland Health is trying to track down people who attended a popular Brisbane nightspot over the last few days, amid concerns they came into close contact with a 22-year-old university student with coronavirus.
- A University of Queensland student who attended campus tested positive to COVID-19 on March 10
- He attended a popular nightclub in Brisbane and Queensland Health is urging others who were there between Friday and Monday night to contact 13 HEALTH
- Two other Queenslanders with coronavirus are also in isolation in Gold Coast University Hospital
“As a precaution, we are asking anyone who attended Friday’s Riverside in Brisbane City from 6:00pm Friday afternoon [until] 11:00pm Monday evening, who becomes unwell to contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and advise that you were at the venue during these times,” a statement from Queensland Health said.
“We are letting people know if they attended … when the young man was there, then they should be really alert if they get any symptoms,” Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young said.
“They don’t need to go into home quarantine but they need to be aware and alert and if they get any symptoms, they need to get tested.
“The individual attended there for four hours and had fleeting contact with a lot of people.
“That’s why it doesn’t require people to go into home quarantine.”
What to do if you were at Friday’s:
- If symptom-free, you do not need to go into home quarantine
- You need to be aware and alert if any respiratory-type symptoms or a fever develops
- Go get a coronavirus test then self-isolate as soon as you have symptoms
- Ring 13-HEALTH for assistance, contact your GP or go to a hospital
But Dr Young said it was a different situation for University of Queensland (UQ) students who had attended class with the patient.
Queensland Health is contacting people who had close contact with the man on a UQ campus.
“Those students at the University of Queensland are asked to go into home quarantine because there are a significant number who had spent more than two hours in a room with the student who had been positive,” Dr Young said.
“The requirements for people to go into quarantine are if you have 15 minutes or more of continuous close contact with one person, so that’s usually in a home setting, or if you had more than two hours in a room — which is why the UQ students are being asked to go into home quarantine.”
The man was confirmed with COVID-19 on March 10.
The news followed the announcement of two other new cases of coronavirus in Queensland.
Queensland Health said a 32-year-old woman who recently returned from the US was now in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
A 31-year-old Gold Coast man who had close contact with her is also in isolation at the same hospital.
Contact tracing for both cases is underway.
Dr Young said people most at risk are those over 60 with co-morbidities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“Those are the people I’m most concerned about.
“We have to prevent transmission to those vulnerable people,” she said.
Regional university campuses closed
Meanwhile, Southern Cross University (SCU) closed two of its campuses for the day following detection of the first coronavirus case in regional Australia.
The Lismore campus in northern NSW and Gold Coast campus in Queensland are in lockdown to stop any potential spread of the virus after a staff member tested positive.
The decision means an estimated 8,000 students will have to study at home but are not required to self-isolate.
A university employee from the Philippines attended a series of workshops at both campuses between March 2 and 6 before falling ill.
The male staff member returned a positive test for coronavirus on Tuesday but told the university his symptoms had subsided the previous day.
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