Queensland Covid-19 case's husband tests positive
A Melbourne woman and her husband both have Covid-19 after leaving Victoria during lockdown and travelling to Queensland without applying for an exemption.
The 44-year-old woman tested positive on Wednesday after the couple arrived in Queensland on Saturday.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the husband tested positive on Wednesday night, but no other cases have emerged in the community.
"So yes, some good news," she told reporters on Thursday.
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"We had those two confirmed cases related to the woman and her husband, who travelled from Victoria."
Young said the man initially returned a negative test because he was at the end of his illness with a low viral load.
She said serology testing shows the wife is at a similar stage of recovery, indicating they first caught the virus 14-days earlier, around May 28.
"Which is very good news for Queensland," the chief health officer said.
"That means the risk of transmission to anyone else is less, it's still there, and I still need everyone to come forward who develops any symptoms at all."
Contact-tracers have now identified 17 of the couple's close contacts, up from six on Wednesday.
Three of those contacts have tested negative for coronavirus, including the woman's parents whom the couple were staying with in Caloundra.
"They've tested negative, which is very reassuring, but we need to continue all of that testing," Young said.
Another 400 people are self-isolating and getting tested after potentially coming into contact with the couple at 13 exposure sites across Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and the southern Sunshine Coast.
Young said given the low risk of spread, hospitals and residential aged care and disability care facilities won't be locked down.
However, anyone who's been at exposure sites visited by the couple will be barred from those facilities.
The couple left the outskirts of Greater Melbourne on June 1, five days after Victoria went into a snap lockdown.
It's understood they were permanently moving to Queensland, where the husband was due to start a new job.
Young said the couple did not apply for a formal travel exemption despite moving home being an accepted reason to enter Queensland.
"No, they didn't come through the exemption process," she said.
"So it's now up to police to investigate whether they came through any other process."
Authorities picked up the woman's infection after her husband's employer asked them to get tested for Covid-19 so he could get a health clearance to start work.
The couple left Melbourne one day before the lockdown was lifted in regional Victoria.
Authorities are yet to reveal if the couple visited any venues as they drove through northern Victoria.
They visited at least 10 sites in the New South Wales towns of Narrandera, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree on the way to Queensland.
They crossed the border and stopped in another 13 venues in Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Caloundra.
The latter is the area of the most concern for Queensland authorities, as it's the most congested area where the man and woman spent the most time.
The couple stayed with the woman's relatives in Caloundra and visited shops, cafes and restaurants for four to five days while she was infectious.
Queensland reported six new Covid-19 border cases in hotel quarantine on Thursday.