Brisbane school students test for COVID-19 after allegedly mixing with detained teenagers

Four students from Runcorn State High School and their families were tested for COVID-19 and isolated at home after the students were mixed in at a social gathering with incarcerated teens from St. Thomas More College of Sunnybank.

More than 1,000 students and their families from the Sunnybank school are just a few days into their 14-day quarantine at home, after a 13-year-old student tested positive on Friday of last week.

In a statement this afternoon, Runcorn State High School said it was advised this morning its students had tested negative.

The Department of Education said it was advised by Queensland Health yesterday.

“The school acted appropriately and the students were sent home and asked to be isolated, take a COVID test and follow health advice when they can re-enter school,” a Department of Education spokesman said.

“The school will remain open and will continue to liaise closely with Queensland Health and follow their advice in relation to any potential actions that may need to be taken to reduce any risks to students and staff.”

In the meantime, a new public health alert was released this afternoon.

Queensland Health has announced new COVID-19 exposure sites at a Goondiwindi truck stop after a truck driver tested positive.

Those at the Goondiwindi BP truck stop on September 8 between 1:51 pm and 2:21 pm were considered close contacts and those outside at the same time were considered casual contacts.

“We urge all Queenslanders to regularly monitor the list of exposure areas on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice, as there may be many locations,” Queensland Health said in a statement. , without providing further details of the case.

‘The Delta is coming’

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the Queensland State Parliament that won the war against COVID-19, that there were no new cases of community delivery overnight and only one case in hotel quarantine.

“We are often told anywhere in the world the Delta has stopped spreading except at this stage in Queensland,” he said.

“Other states have to fight just to get back the taste of freedom, Mr Speaker. We will fight to hold ours.”

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But Griffith University’s head of infectious diseases Nigel McMillan says the Delta strain is on our doorstep, and in so many cases in New South Wales, a major outbreak is imminent.

He said Queensland would have to go through the same transition that Victoria and News South Wales went through recently.

“So I’m not going to show too much about it at this stage,” he said.

“We have some advantages that people are talking about – our outdoor lifestyle and the sunshine and we’re very fast on the mark.

“So at this stage, we’re very lucky, but Delta is coming.”

Twenty -nine cases are currently active in Queensland, including eight from a recent cluster south of Brisbane.

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