Brisbane student tests positive to COVID: "I'm struggling to understand how she's acquired it"

Brisbane student tests positive to COVID: "I'm struggling to understand how she's acquired it"

Queensland Health is conducting whole genome sequencing to understand a new case of COVID-19, after a student from Brisbane's Indooroopilly State High School tested positive to the virus.

The 17-year-old female resides in the adjacent suburb of Taringa, but very little other information is known at this stage and Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has urged people to keep an eye out for updates.

"She became unwell yesterday and overnight her result has come back positive," D'Ath said, noting the student's family of five were all being tested as well.

"We're treating this as if the young lady was infectious from the 27th [of July] so she's been in the community for three days and at school for two days.

"I understand the school has already notified families and have closed down for a deep clean."

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young described the new case as quite concerning.

"I'm struggling to understand how she's acquired it," Dr Young said.

"We'll have to wait till we get whole genome sequencing results back later today to be able to work out from where she's got this.

"We do know that we have had 13 incursions of the virus into Queensland over the last six weeks, and we know that in any particular outbreak someone can get infected, not have symptoms, and then spread the virus to someone else which is why it's critically important that we all remain very, very cautious until the vast majority of people have been able to be vaccinated."

Updated at 8:47am AEST on 30 July 2021.

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