Australia

Gladstone not joining three-day lockdown but testing under way

Gladstone is not joining Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown starting at 5pm on Monday, but Gladstone residents who visited some key locations need to get tested immediately.

The health advice follows the visit of a COVID-19-infected person from Brisbane, who travelled to the regional city from March 25 to March 27.

There is no need for the port city of Gladstone to join the three-day Great Brisbane lockdown, Queensland Health said.

There is no need for the port city of Gladstone to join the three-day Great Brisbane lockdown, Queensland Health said.Credit:Bloomberg

Close contacts of the people who were visited by the positive Brisbane resident have already tested negative, Queensland Health said.

“Primary close contacts of the infected person have been contacted and tested, and have returned negative results,” a Queensland Health spokesman said.

However, anyone who visited Gladstone locations listed below should get tested immediately, Queensland Health advises.

Gladstone residents who visited these sites should get COVID tested. Gladstone’s COVID-19 testing facility is located at Gladstone Hospital.

Gladstone residents who have visited Brisbane since March 20 should also follow Queensland Health lockdown guidelines and should isolate until they have been tested and cleared of COVID-19.

“Council is advising the community that residents who have visited Brisbane since 20 March should adhere to lockdown restrictions as per Queensland Health advice,” it advised.

“Council employees have been advised to wear masks in indoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.”

Queensland Health has advised Gladstone Regional Council there is no need for residents to go into lockdown the way Greater Brisbane will do from 5pm Monday.

“Gladstone Regional Council is following advice from Queensland Health and the Chief Health Officer (CHO) regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Brisbane,” a council spokesman said.

“The lockdown is in response to four confirmed cases of community transmission in Brisbane,” he said.

“At this stage Queensland Health has not enforced a three-day lockdown on Gladstone or the Gladstone Region.”

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