All Queensland correctional facilities are in lockdown after a prison officer tested positive for COVID-19.
It’s understood the officer returned a positive test yesterday, and could have been contagious while at the Queensland Corrective Services Academy last Friday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is set to announce it as a new case, following the one case recorded in the state yesterday, which took the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre cluster to 11 people.
Sky News is reporting that QCS has confirmed it is a new case.
Qld Corrective Services has confirmed this is a new covid19 case, to be announced by the state government this morning @SkyNewsAust
— Julia Bradley (@_juliabradley) August 26, 2020
It comes as the state’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young warned Queenslanders that there was likely to be further community transmission.
“It’s a small cluster, but it’s a risk,” she said.
“I will not be surprised, and I’m actually expecting to get more cases, but they are small numbers.”
Dr Young yesterday applauded the more than 20,000 Queenslanders who got tested, a record for the state.
Authorities are still trying to piece together how this latest cluster formed, although early genomic sequencing indicates a possible link between the new cluster, and a smaller one formed in Logan last month.
According to the Courier Mail, Commissioner Peter Martin wrote to correction staff to inform them an officer, who trained workers deployed to “a range of locations” had confirmed a positive result.
“They may have been contagious while in the workplace last week,” he wrote.
“As you are aware, we have a COVID Safe plan in place for the Academy, including the requirement for social distancing, however as a precaution, we are closing the Academy effective immediately until we can undertake a forensic clean.
“Officers should not attend the Academy until further notice.”
Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, Woodford Correctional Centre, and Escort and Security Branch are now in stage 4 lockdown.
Queensland Health has issued a number of new public health alerts, including the Richlands Magistrates Court.
Originally published as Qld jails in lockdown after virus case