Annabel Bowles

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Public health alert raised for two Cairns flights

UPDATE 3:15pm 15/10/20: Two restaurants in the Cairns region have just been added to the list of venues where a confirmed COVID-19 case has visited.

Following further contact tracing work overnight, Queensland Health this afternoon issued a public health alert listing Tha Fish restaurant on the Cairns Esplanade and Vivo at Palm Cove as venues where a woman in her 30s visited earlier this month.

The woman tested positive to COVID-19 after having been in Melbourne for three days.

Queensland Health said that while "risk to staff and patrons is considered low, anyone who has been to these venues at these dates and times should monitor their health and if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, get tested and isolate until they receive their test result." 

  • Tha Fish in Cairns on 3 October from 5.45pm to 8.30pm 
  • Vivo Palm Cove on 5 October from 5.15pm to 9:00pm

EARLIER: A public health alert has been issued for two Cairns flights after a Queensland woman tested positive for COVID-19 while in Melbourne.

Anyone who was on Flight QF2302 (Townsville to Cairns) on October 3 or Flight VA 782 (Cairns to Brisbane) on October 6 is being urged to monitor their health closely.

The official health advice remains that anyone who develops any COVID-19 symptoms (even mild) should get tested immediately and isolate until receiving a negative result.

The alert for Cairns has been labelled "very low risk," although further investigations are underway to confirm the infection and investigate potential sources.

The woman, in her 30s, had been in venues in Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane before travelling to Canbera and later Melbourne, where she tested positive. 

Her COVID-19 tests were a required element of the medical care she was due to receive in Melbourne.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said while the woman may have contracted COVID-19 in Melbourne, it was necessary to treat the case with an abundance of caution.

“We have made incredible leaps and bounds in Queensland, and that isn’t progress we take lightly,” Dr Young said.

“Caution is key is ensuring we catch every possible case.

“She was in Melbourne for three days before testing positive.

“The likelihood is that she contracted COVID-19 is there but as always we’re acting with an abundance of caution.”

To find your nearest testing facility, visit the Queensland Health website or read Tropic Now's report for Cairns-specific information.