COVID-19 alert in Brisbane: cases linked to The Jam Pantry café, youth detention centre

COVID-19 alert in Brisbane: cases linked to The Jam Pantry café, youth detention centre

Queensland Health has issued a public health alert after a woman who spent time in Brisbane tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home to Japan.

The woman arrived in Sydney in mid-July where she spent two weeks in hotel quarantine, before visiting her unwell father in Brisbane.

The asymptomatic case, confirmed as a positive COVID-19 infection by Japanese health authorities yesterday, returned two negative test results when she was in Sydney.

In Brisbane the woman dined at The Jam Pantry café at Greenslopes on Sunday 16 August, meaning anyone who visited there should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any appear.

Queensland Health is also working with NSW Health to contact people from Virgin flight VA962 from Brisbane to Sydney on Monday, 17 August, who were in close contact with the case.

Queensland Health is cooperating with Japanese authorities to determine where she might have picked up COVID-19.

"On her arrival to Japan on 18 August, she was asymptomatic but returned a positive COVID-19 result," said Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young.

"While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working with Japanese authorities to gather necessary information.

"We have been in touch with six close contacts in Brisbane identified by the woman. These people have been tested and are now in quarantine."

Anyone else who dined at The Jam Pantry café outside these hours on that day should come forward for testing if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms.

Youth detention centre worker tests positive

The Queensland Government has also confirmed a new positive case in the state - a 70-year-old woman from the Ipswich area who worked at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in Wacol while unwell.

It is believed she developed the symptoms on 10 August, but authorities are still in the process of finding out more details.

Dr Young noted the good news was that the detention centre in question had not been receiving any visitors, as a precautionary measure following the incident of three women (two who were COVID-19 positive) who travelled to Melbourne and failed to declare it.

Updated at 9:03am AEST on 20 August 2020.

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