Two teenagers at the centre of Queensland’s coronavirus outbreak have been identified as cleaners who travelled to Brisbane from Melbourne.
Olivia Winnie Muranga and Diana Lasu, both 19, arrived together in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21.
They were active in the community for eight days before both tested positive to COVID-19.
Ms Muranga is a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge.
The school’s principal Gary Cully confirmed a coronavirus infected cleaner worked for three days last week.
Olivia Winnie Muranga (left) and Diana Lasu (right), both 19, arrived together in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21
Ms Muranga works as a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge (pictured), which is functioning as a coronavirus testing facility
‘The staff member was on site last week and then rang in sick and then that’s when the trace program started,’ Mr Cully told The Courier Mail.
‘As far as I’m aware they were not symptomatic while they were onsite and then called in sick the following day and then the next week were tested.’
The cleaner saw a doctor on Saturday, who said to get tested immediately, but they didn’t do so until Monday.
Mr Cully said other staff have gone into isolation after the infected cleaner worked at the school.
The school closed for deep cleaning on Wednesday, with Mr Cully hopeful it will open next week.
‘Our children and our staff are like family and we are doing everything possible to keep them safe now and in the future and that includes fully cooperating with the Metro South Public Health Unit,’ he said.
People arrive to get COVID-19 tested at the Parklands Christian College facility on Wednesday
Health authorities have urged anyone who visited 11 locations in Queensland to ‘immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH’:
- Flight VA863 from Melbourne to Sydney and flight VA977 from Sydney to Brisbane, 21 July
- Parklands Christian College, Park Ridge, 22-23 July 2020 9.30am-6pm
- Madtongsan IV Restaurant, Sunnybank, 23 July 2020 7-9pm
- Heeretea -Bubble Tea Shop, Sunnybank, 23 July 2020 9.25pm
- YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care, Springwood, 23-24 July 2020 All
- Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains, 24 July 2020 3.30-3.50pm
- Thai Peak Restaurant, Springfield, 26 July 2020 6.30-9pm
- Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar, Southbank, 27 July 2020 All
- P’Nut Street Noodles, Southbank, 27 July 2020 All
- African Grocery Shop, Woodridge (Station Rd), 28 July 2020 All
- Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains, 28 July 2020 12.25-12.30pm
- Chatime Grand Plaza, Browns Plains, 28 July 2020 All
Shopping centres, restaurants, a school, and a church they visited will shut while authorities scramble to conduct contact tracing.
Scores of the women’s contacts will be forced to isolate, and aged care facilities in the Metro South Health region will re-enter lockdown.
The incident prompted Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to announce all Sydneysiders will be banned from entering the state from Saturday.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced all Sydneysiders will be banned from entering the state from Saturday
‘There will be a thorough police investigation here but now we have to act as a community and in the areas where the chief health officer says need to be closed, will be closed and I urge people in those areas when that list goes out later on today to please ensure that if you are feeling sick you must go and get tested,’ she said.
Queensland residents returning will have to isolate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called the pair ‘reckless’ and said she was ‘very disappointed’.
The teens travelled on flights VA 863 and VA 977. Queensland Health contact tracers are identifying close contacts from those flights.
Health Minister Steven Miles said there was a large amount of contact tracing that needed to be done with the community as well.
Parklands Christian College was forced to close on Wednesday after the infected cleaner worked onsite. Pictured: people queue at the coronavirus testing facility in the college
‘These young women have gone about their business within the communities that they live in and so there will be a large amount of contact tracing to be done, largely within it the Logan and Springfield areas, including shopping malls, restaurants and a church.’
One of the women attended the Orion Springfield Central in Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane, on Sunday where she dined at the Peak Thai restaurant about 6.30pm.
The pair’s entry into Queensland is the subject of a criminal investigation, with penalties for lying on your declaration form incurring fines of $4,003 or six months in jail.
A 22-year-old woman who is an employee of YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care in Springwood also tested positive to COVID-19.
Both the school care service and the associated Chatswood Hills State School have been closed for cleaning.
There are now eight actives cases left in Queensland following three new cases on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old women, who flew back from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21 after travelling together, were active in the community for eight days before isolating (pictured: Travellers waiting at baggage claim at Sydney domestic airport)