A Gold Coast retirement home has been put on coronavirus alert after a man who works as a tradie by day and a hen party “artist” outside of working hours on site.
The Gold Coast man was one of five confirmed cases in Brisbane’s second cluster announced on Tuesday.
He was part of a weekend hen party in Byron Bay also attended by a nurse and her sister, both of whom were contagious with COVID-19.
Queensland Director of Health Dr Jeanette Young said the man was also working at TriCare Mermaid Beach senior care home on Monday.
“There are five other cases that I learned of overnight related to this nurse or her sister. These are all related cases, and they all attended a party together in Byron Bay, ”she said.
“One of the positive cases of this second group attended the hen party as an artist, and he came back and he lives in Gold Coast and he works as a tradie, and he went to a care facility for elderly people on the Gold Coast. .
“Each resident of this care facility for the elderly has already been vaccinated, received their first dose. I don’t have confirmation as to whether any received their second dose, ”she said.
“The Gold Coast team is making arrangements to visit the facility today and vaccinate the staff at this facility.”
A letter sent to families on Monday by TriCare said the man had had no contact with residents of the nursing home for the elderly while he was there for two hours.
“The contractor left the site immediately after being informed that he was in close contact with a confirmed case,” the letter read.
Queensland confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Six were acquired locally, two in the community are under investigation and there were two more in hotel quarantine.
Health director Dr Jeannette Young said two separate groups emerged during the latest outbreak, which plunged Greater Brisbane into lockdown until at least Thursday.
The first is linked to a doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital while the second was traced to a nurse who worked in the COVID department at the same hospital.
Both groups are the highly contagious British variant of the coronavirus.
Queensland Health is treating 78 active COVID cases.
Dozens of exhibition sites have been listed on the Queensland Department of Health website shopping malls in Gladstone.
NSW Health has also expanded its list of exhibition sites in Byron Bay after the nurse and her sister spent the weekend in the north New South Wales town for a hen party.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the expanding Brisbane outbreak on Tuesday confirmed the instant lockdown was the right decision.
“Of course, we want to harness this community transmission,” she said.
“The steps we took to get into this lockdown, as you can see by these community transmission numbers today, was absolutely the right decision.”
Dr Young said tests are underway on the two mysterious cases.
“We now have a lot of people in the community, contagious, which is why we need this three day lockdown to get the upper hand on all the contacts of all these positive cases and determine where they have been,” she said. .
“Having everyone at home rather than outside in the community just helps us keep all contact under control and minimize the risk of spread.”
Dr Young said she would require anyone working with patients with COVID-19 to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
More than 41,000 frontline workers have already received their first vaccine, but only around 7,000 are fully immunized.
Ms Palaszczuk said it was too early to say whether Brisbane’s lockdown would end on Thursday afternoon.
“We just have to take this day in and day out,” she said.
“So far the fact that we have these related cases is good news.
“Do we expect to see more cases – probably, we’ll probably see more.
“The big question will be whether or not we see unrelated community transmission.”