A school in Ipswich, south of Brisbane, will likely remain closed for two weeks after a senior student tested positive to coronavirus.
Staines Memorial College at Redbank Plains said it was told of the positive test late on Saturday night.
In a letter to parents and carers dated August 30, acting principal Nick Makin said “the student is still at this point not displaying symptoms, so there is no suggestion that he or his family have done anything untoward”.
“Due to the potential for broader infection within our community, the health authorities are proposing to close the school for 14 days and will implement a series of cleaning and testing protocols,” Mr Making wrote.
It follows the closure of a childcare centre in Brisbane’s west, also due to a positive coronavirus case.
The Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre and Preschool will be shut for at least a week after a person infected with coronavirus attended on August 21.
Everyone who attended the centre on that day, including children, parents and staff, is being considered a “close contact” of the case.
They are being offered coronavirus testing today and tomorrow.
Metro North Hospital and Health Service conducted zoom calls to inform parents on Sunday and said more than 600 people were expected to be tested, with results to be sent out in 24 hours.
Even those who test negative are required to quarantine until midnight on Friday to complete the mandatory two weeks quarantine.
It was not revealed whether the infected person was a child, educator or parent, however Metro North said the person who tested positive was at the lower end of being a risk on the day they attended the centre because it was two days before they showed any symptoms.
The centre was among the growing list of locations under a public health alert, as authorities try to get on top of the rising number of infections in Queensland.
Gathering restrictions extended
As of today, restrictions on gatherings in Queensland have been expanded to include another five regions in South-East Queensland.
Queensland Health announced on the weekend that Goondiwindi, South Burnett, Southern and Western Downs and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire would join Toowoomba with restrictions on gatherings from 8:00am today.
Gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited, except in organisations with a COVID-safe plan.
Residential aged care and disability accommodation facilities will be required to restrict visitor access and residents leaving the facility and face masks and gloves will be mandatory in hospitals, aged care and disability facilities.
Restrictions on gatherings are already in place in Brisbane, Ipswich, Redland, Moreton Bay, Logan, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas.
Outside these areas, gatherings in private homes and public spaces are limited to 30 people.