An unvaccinated Gold Coast Uber driver has tested positive for Covid-19 – ending a streak of coronavirus-free weeks in Queensland.
The Broadbeach man in his 30s was contagious in the community for up to 10 days, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
He tested positive for Robina on the Gold Coast on Wednesday and was not vaccinated.
“This is a red flag for the Gold Coast,” Ms. Palaszczuk said. “The problem with this gentleman is that he hasn’t been vaccinated. ”
“We are a little concerned about this person who has been infectious in the community and if you have any symptoms, now is the time to get the vaccine. “
The new case immediately raised fears of a repeat of Delta’s most recent outbreak in Sydney, which started with an infected limo driver from northern beaches.
“This is a red flag for the Gold Coast,” Ms. Palaszczuk said. “The problem with this gentleman is that he has not been vaccinated”
Unvaccinated Gold Coast Uber driver tested positive for Covid-19 – ending streak of coronavirus-free weeks in Queensland
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jeannette Young said the man in his 30s was an Uber driver from Broadbeach who had recently returned from Melbourne on October 10.
He developed symptoms the next day and presented to the emergency department at Robina Hospital yesterday, where two separate tests confirmed he was positive.
‘He’s so sick. He’s a man in his thirties. He is so sick that we have a hard time talking to him and getting information from him, ”said Dr. Young.
“We are working closely with Uber to find out if he has had any car trips while he was contagious.
“We don’t have any rooms at this point because he’s so sick and struggling to communicate with us and remember, as you can imagine. “
Dr Young said the man had not used Queensland’s QR registration system since September 17, making it difficult to track his movements.
She urged everyone who has been in the Broadbeach area or the Gold Coast area since October 11 to watch for symptoms of Covid.
“It’s really important, please use the QR recording,” she said.
The infected man was then transferred to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Ms Palaszczuk said there were currently 156,000 people on the Gold Coast, aged 16 and over, who still had not been vaccinated.
She was speaking to Mackay as part of a week-long tour to encourage vaccination rates in the Queensland area, where rates are lagging.
The Prime Minister announced that 73.21% of the state has now received a first dose, while 58.07% are fully vaccinated.
Four cases were also identified in hotel quarantine.