The supervisor of the constructing the place the Gold Coast’s newest COVID-19 case resides has been calling visitors to cancel bookings whereas awaiting recommendation from Queensland Well being.
- A Gold Coast Uber driver has examined optimistic to COVID-19 after getting back from Melbourne
- The person is believed to have been infectious locally for 10 days
- He resides on the Island Seashore Resort at Broadbeach
A person in his 30s who examined optimistic to COVID-19 yesterday has lived on the Island Seashore Resort in Broadbeach for round 12 months.
The person, an Uber driver, is believed to have been infectious since October 9 when he was in Melbourne.
In a press release Uber mentioned, “We are able to affirm that this driver-partner has not pushed with the Uber platform since September 19”.
Constructing supervisor Greg Jermyn mentioned he had been away for a time frame and solely discovered the place the person had been after the premier’s announcement this morning.
“Every week in the past he got here again once more, he is been actually quiet,” Mr Jermyn mentioned.
“I simply do not know what he is pondering … simply by staying in a room.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned there could be an investigation to find out how, and when, the person entered the state from Melbourne, with out quarantining.
Resident in secluded a part of constructing
Mr Jermyn mentioned no-one else lives within the part of the constructing the place the person resides.
“We stay beneath his unit in one other part. I’ve had no contact with him in any respect.”
Mr Jermyn was ready nonetheless ready for recommendation from Queensland Well being however mentioned he was already cancelling vacation bookings.
“I hold going again to this Queensland Health [exposure] site, it isn’t up there but,” he mentioned.
“As if it isn’t dangerous sufficient as it’s.”
The case is an added ache to an already “horrible” 12 months for enterprise.
“You’ve got obtained no flights in, we do get a trickle down from individuals coming down from Brisbane on weekends, college holidays weren’t too dangerous,” Mr Jermyn mentioned.
‘Delta is coming’
Minister for Small Enterprise and Employment Di Farmer mentioned MPs have been notified in regards to the case on the Gold Coast this morning.
She mentioned it highlighted the necessity for individuals to urgently get vaccinated as optimistic circumstances have been more likely to proceed occurring, notably as restrictions and border closures ease.
“Sure I heard the information this morning that this unvaccinated Uber driver had been infectious locally for ten days,” she mentioned.
“This highlights why it is so essential for individuals to get vaccinated.
“There are nonetheless 156,000 individuals on the Gold Coast who’re unvaccinated. The Gold Coast has decrease charges than the state common which signifies that they’re in danger when Delta involves city.
Coast hospitals beneath stress
Gold Coast Well being government director of medical providers Dr Jeremy Wellwood mentioned those that selected to stay unvaccinated have been “standing on the tracks” as COVID-19 hurtled towards the town.
“COVID-19 is right here. It is on the Gold Coast and it’s locally,” he mentioned.
“The COVID-19 wave is a freight practice that’s coming proper right here to the Gold Coast and if you’re unvaccinated you might be standing on these tracks.”
He issued a somber warning, saying:
Dr Wellwood warned Gold Coast hospitals may bow beneath the pressure of a brand new outbreak.
“We all know we might have three or 4 wards filled with sick individuals, 30 or 40 individuals in intensive care, individuals dying of COVID pneumonia, and hundreds of individuals locally on digital residence care,” he mentioned.
“That is actual, that is taking place.
“We all know it is going to occur on the Gold Coast. We all know there’s going to be a big variety of individuals in intensive care and there shall be important numbers of individuals sick.
“It is so irritating as a result of we are able to see it coming.”
Ms Farmer mentioned vaccination was the one method ahead if individuals need issues to “return to regular”.
“So we’d like Gold Coasters to help one another.