A Townsville woman has tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne, after visiting several Queensland cities.
At a press conference on October 14, Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said the woman was a Townsville resident who travelled to Cairns and Brisbane before arriving in Melbourne to be with family while receiving medical treatment.
She had been in Melbourne for three days before she tested positive, but was not showing any symptoms of the virus so it was unclear when she contracted it.
Mr Miles said health authorities were treating the case as if she was infectious in Queensland as a precautionary measure.
"The team and Queensland Health have asked a number of people who may have been in contact with her to quarantine themselves for 14 days and get tested during that period," he said.
"It's most likely she contracted it in Melbourne. She was in Melbourne several days before getting tested.
"However, the way we've been so successful has been by being ultra, ultra-cautious - contact tracing is under way."
Mr Miles said the woman was not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
"That's why it's challenging for us to identify when she may have been infectious because she appears to be one of those asymptomatic cases," he said.
The woman visited the following locations in Townsville:
- Icon Cancer Centre Townsville on September 28 from 4pm-5pm
- Mater Day Surgery at Hyde Park on September 29
- NQ Vascular at Pimlico on September 30 from 1pm-2pm
- Mater Day Surgery on October 1
She flew from Townsville to Cairns on flight QF2302 on October 3 before taking flight VA 782 from Cairns to Brisbane on October 6.
The case was discovered after the virus was detected in Townsville's wastewater over the weekend.
Active number of cases in Queensland remains at 2 with more than 5000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, including 274 in Townsville.
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