Urgent contact tracing underway after high-school student tests positive to COVID-19
A major Brisbane high school will be closed today as specialist cleaners pour through the grounds following a coronavirus diagnosis.
Indooroopilly State High School parents were notified by an email in the early hours of this morning, after a “person associated with the school community” was detected with the virus.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said a 17-year-old student at the school returned a positive test overnight.
Urgent contact tracing is underway.
Authorities are working to establish which COVID-19 variant the student contracted, and how.
Testing is underway of her family members in Taringa.
Nine News reporter Adam Hegarty said the school will be closed over the weekend for deep cleaning.
“Interestingly though we have learned last night there was a careers and subject expo held at the Indooroopilly State High School,” he told Scott Emerson.
“So that meant not only students from years 9-12 but also tertiary educators.”
It’s estimated she was infectious in the community since July 27, in which time, she attended two days of school.
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Tony Ellison, the vice president of the Parents and Citizens Association at Indooroopilly State School, says he was at the school recently and every precaution was taken.
“Throughout the day the kids are reminded and educated on the importance of hygiene to minimise the spread.”
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“I’m struggling to understand how she’s acquired it,” said Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.
“So we’ll have to wait until we get whole genome sequencing results back later today.”
Contact tracing is underway to alert students who will need to isolate for 14 days.
The University of Southern Queensland Springfield campus has closed to staff and students today as a precaution.
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