A COVID-19 cluster is now starting to emerge in South East Queensland from two 19-year-old women who travelled to Melbourne and ignored health directives to self-isolate upon their return.
A criminal investigation into how the women flouted quarantine is due to take place, but in the meantime authorities are scrambling to trace the virus' potential spread as the individuals were moving amongst the community for eight days despite feeling unwell.
Queensland Health has now reported a third positive COVID-19 case who is a known contact - a 22-year-old woman employed by YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care.
Authorities have identified 11 locations, including two venues in South Bank, where the women attended as part of their tracing efforts for new potential cases.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said contact tracing was underway, and appropriate action had been taken at all relevant locations.
"Contact tracing is underway on all new cases," Dr Young said.
"While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working closely with these women to gather necessary information, including other places they may have visited whilst infectious.
"As always, we strongly recommend everyone with symptoms, particularly people who have travelled interstate recently, to immediately get tested. Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland."
She said anyone living Logan, South Brisbane or Springfield who is feeling unwell should stay at home and immediately get tested.
Any individuals who were present at the below locations at the relevant times are asked to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH:
- Flight VA863 Melbourne-Sydney - 21 July
- Flight VA977 Sydney-Brisbane - 21 July
- Parklands Christian College, Park Ridge on 22-23 July - 9.30am-6pm
- Madtongsan IV Restaurant, Sunnybank on 23 July - 7-9pm
- Heeretea Bubble Tea Shop, Sunnybank on 23 July - 9.25pm
- YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care, Springwood on 23-24 July
- Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains on 24 July - 3.30-3.50pm
- Thai Peak Restaurant, Springfield on 26 July - 6.30-9pm
- Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar, South Bank on 27 July
- P'Nut Street Noodles, South Bank on 27 July
- African Grocery Shop, Woodridge on 28 July
- Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains on 28 July - 12.25-12.30pm
- Chatime Grand Plaza, Browns Plains - 28 July
Updated at 5:25pm AEST on 29 July 2020.
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