Uber driver who tested positive to COVID-19 on Gold Coast after Melbourne trip linked to trucking business and chauffeur service

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© Provided by ABC News Island Beach Resort at Broadbeach has been listed as a COVID-19 exposure site. (ABC News: Curtis Rodda)

A COVID-19 patient who has sparked a health scare on Queensland’s Gold Coast after returning from Victoria and being infectious in the community for over a week had links to a Victorian trucking business and a Queensland chauffeur service.

It has been more than two weeks since Queensland recorded a local COVID-19 case and comes as Queenslanders are being urged to get vaccinated ahead of the border reopening.

The unvaccinated man who has not used the QR code tracking system since September is so ill that authorities have been struggling to communicate with him to track his movements while he was infectious.

Last night, Queensland Health listed a barber shop, a cinema, a service station and an apartment block as exposure sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the man as being “very sick”.

The man, in his 30s, had been in Melbourne and then travelled back to Queensland, to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, where he resides.

Ms Palaszczuk said an investigation was underway into how the man was able to travel from Victoria to Queensland.

‘Difficulty remembering’

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the man developed symptoms on October 11 indicating he was infectious in the community on October 9, when he was in Melbourne.

Dr Young said the man then became “increasingly unwell” and went to the emergency department at Robina and recorded a positive test for COVID-19 on October 20.

Later that day he was transferred to the Gold Coast hospital.

She said the man lived by himself and was an Uber driver.

Uber issued a statement yesterday confirming the man had not been driving with Uber since September 19.

Dr Young said the man was “so sick that he is having difficulties communicating and difficulty remembering”.

“This is very difficult,” she said.

A telephone number the man had been using for a chauffeur service on the Gold Coast earlier this year was also used for a trucking business based at Keysborough in Victoria.

A relative who resides in Keysborough last night declined to comment on the man’s condition or how he entered Queensland.

Contact tracing underway

Several sites have been listed for the man or his associates’ movements, with five of them being “casual contact sites” for his Gold Coast rental unit in the Island Beach Resort for the dates October 16 to October 19.

Another casual contact site was the Freedom Fuels service station in 281 Learoyd Road at Acacia Ridge on Brisbane’s southside on October 19 from 6:25pm to 6:40pm.

Another site, Gilly Barber at Archerfield Road at Richlands, was listed as a “close contact” site from 5:10pm to 6:00pm on October 18.

Last night, the owner of Gilly Barber, Balkar Shergill, said he had been asked by Queensland Health to provide details of movements at his business on the date.

“I’ve just got the call to say there was a positive case and they didn’t tell me much information,” Mr Shergill said.

“I’ve got to follow it up and do a timeline at the moment.”

Another close contact site was listed as the 7:17pm to 10:45pm session of the movie Honsla Rakh showing in the Hoyts Cinema Stafford on October 18.

The whole cinema was listed as low-risk contact site for the period between 7:00pm and 11:00pm.

The Queensland Health contact tracing sites list is regularly updated as new information comes to hand.

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