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New exposure sites across SEQ and Darling Downs after NSW truckie case

Queensland health authorities have issued a public health alert for COVID-19 exposure sites across Brisbane’s south, Ipswich and Goondiwindi after a NSW truck driver tested positive to the virus.

The driver entered the state on Wednesday, August 25, and crossed back over the border the following day, stopping at two truck stops during the trip, a Queensland Health spokesperson said.

All Queenslanders have been asked to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues as more may appear throughout the day.

All Queenslanders have been asked to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues as more may appear throughout the day.Credit:Andrew Quilty

The case is likely to put risk-averse authorities on high alert, given the growing outbreaks in southern states and tight border restrictions to try to stop any spread into Queensland, even if largely considered inevitable.

The department had warned more sites could be listed throughout the day. Within hours, a Puma service station at Bundamba, a suburb of Ipswich, was also identified.

Indoor areas of the BP service station at Archerfield, at the corner of Randolph and Boundary streets, were identified as a close contact site between 10am and 10.40am on Thursday, August 26.

The outdoor areas, including the truck parking area, were considered casual contact sites between 8.50am and 11.10am the same day.

Goondiwindi’s BP truck stop, on the Cunningham Highway, has been elevated to a close contact site between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on August 26, after certain areas were deemed only at risk of casual contact.

In Bundamba, the food court of the Puma site at the corner of Ashburn Road and Hawkins Crescent has been classified a close contact site between 1.20pm and 2.25pm. The rest of the service station has been deemed a casual risk.

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