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A returned traveller who tested positive for Covid-19 after completing hotel quarantine may have been infectious on the Gold Coast for up to 12 days, reports Tracey Ferrier from AAP.

Chief health officer Jeannette Young is scrambling to work out where the man picked up the virus as the list of exposure sites linked to him grows.

She says he either got it during a recent trip to China, in hotel quarantine in Brisbane, or after he was released on 12 July and went home to the Gold Coast.

The man, who was fully vaccinated, returned three negative tests while in hotel quarantine. However, he fell ill on 15 July, three days after his homecoming.

AAP understands he did not seek a coronavirus test despite having symptoms.

It wasn’t until he went to a GP eight days later, for an unrelated issue, that he got tested at the doctor’s insistence.

Initial test results obtained on Saturday were inconclusive but a second test on Sunday was positive, forcing the man into hospital.

It’s possible he could have spent a total of 12 days moving around the Gold Coast while infectious, including taking a child to and from daycare, eating out, and going shopping.

His family members were tested on Sunday but those results are yet to come back.

Young is hopeful the risk is low but she has also noted the man’s second test showed a higher viral load than the first, suggesting he could be at the start of his illness.

There’s so many unknowns here, so we’re taking a very cautious approach … and asking that people who’ve been to any of those sites contact us.

She says anyone who has been on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane since July 13 should regularly check the growing list of exposure sites.

So far those sites include the Goodstart Early Learning centre at Parkwood, various dining venues, the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the Kmart store at Westfield Helensvale.


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