North Kirra, Greenmount surf clubs among exposure sites as QLD records three new cases

North Kirra, Greenmount surf clubs among exposure sites as QLD records three new cases

Photo: Greemount Beach Surf Club, via Facebook.

Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated the Kirra Beach Surf Club was an exposure site, based on the CHO's announcement that the 'Kirra Surf Club' was a site. However, Queensland Health's updated list reveals the location in question was in fact the Greenmount Beach Surf Club.

Two iconic locations in the southern Gold Coast are among new COVID-19 exposure sites listed after a locally acquired case was active in the area while infectious for four days from 25 September.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on people in the area to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms, with Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young noting one new case attended the North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, the Kirra Surf Club [since clarified as Greenmount Beach Surf Club], Timezone, local cafés and Woolworths at the Strand.

The individual is linked to the aviation training facility cluster and is believed to have caught the virus while at the office, after which he went to the Gold Coast with his family and stayed at the Iconic Kirra Beach Resort.

There were three new COVID-19 cases in total reported this morning, one of whom was in hotel quarantine and is not believed to be a risk to the state, and another who acquired the virus interstate and had been in the Queensland community for one day on 29 September.

"This is a gentleman who travels up and down from New South Wales picking up animals and relocating them, so he was infectious in the community for a short time in the Gold Coast when he was picking up an animal there - he was contacted by New South Wales health that he was a positive case," Dr Young said.

Queenslanders have responded positively to calls to get the current outbreak under control with 19,764 tests conducted yesterday.

"That gives us an added layer of confidence at this stage but we do want to see continual high rates of testing to make sure we do not have any community transmission," the Premier said.

"What's really important at the moment, and the fundamental reason we are not in lockdown, is because we do not have any seeding or unlinked community transmission.

"If we do see any unlinked community transmission I'm quite sure Dr Young will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown."

Queensland Health administered 21,712 vaccines yesterday, taking the state total to two million so far, equating to 65.72 per cent of the state's population that has received at least one dose and 46.74 per cent with two doses.

"Don't forget all of our hubs accept walk-ins, so if you have not had your vaccine, today is the day to go and get your vaccine.

"If you don't go to the vaccination hubs, go and see one of your local GPs or of course the pharmacies are administering that as well."

The news follows Queensland's implementation of Stage 2 restrictions in the local government areas of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island from 4pm yesterday for a timeframe of two weeks.

Updated at 10:34am AEST on 1 October 2021.

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