Health authorities say anyone who stayed at City Backpackers and Joe’s Place Backpackers while a Covid-19 infected man was there will need to quarantine for two weeks. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
Two Brisbane hostels have been listed as “high risk” Covid-19 exposure sites, after a man spent a week staying there while infectious.
The West Australia man, who had returned from the Philippines, underwent his two weeks quarantine in Queensland and left on July 17.
He tested positive on Tuesday, and his infectious period has been traced back to the previous Tuesday.
A man who had tested positive to Covid-19 was staying at City Backpackers on Roma Street. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
Joe’s Place Backpackers on Roma Street has also been listed as a Covid-19 high risk exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
During that time, he stayed at Brisbane City Backpackers on Roma Street, spending time at the hostel next door, Joe’s Place Backpackers, as well.
Health authorities are racing to track down how he contracted the virus, with genome sequencing results expected on Thursday morning.
Chief health officer Jeannette Young said on Wednesday she was extremely concerned about this case, citing it as the “thirteenth incursion of the virus into the community over the last six weeks”.
Travellers who stayed at the two hostels will need to quarantine for two weeks. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
Anyone who was at the hostel, or the one next door – Joe’s Place Backpackers – on Tuesday July 20 between 2.20pm to 11.59pm, and at anytime between Wednesday July 21- Tuesday July 27 is considered a close contact and must quarantine for 14 days from the time they were there.
A number of low risk exposure sites have been listed by Queensland Health as well, with anyone who visited the following locations at the specified times urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell:
- Saturday July 17, 12.20pm – 3.pm: Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Biggera Waters
- Tuesday July 20, 12.55pm to 2pm: Brisbane Domestic Airport
- Monday July 26, 9.45pm to 10.03pm: Emergency Department waiting area, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston
- Monday July 26, 10.23pm to 10.58pm: Northern ring road taxi rank (outside emergency department) Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
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