GOMA, South Bank and Toowong Village Are the Latest Places to Join Brisbane's Exposure Sites List
Queensland currently has 100 active COVID-19 cases, and the list of venues visited by folks who've tested positive keeps expanding.
When Queensland's COVID-19 numbers were announced on Wednesday, August 4, covering up until 6am that morning, the state hit the 100 active cases mark — with 63 locally acquired cases all tied to the current outbreak in and around Indooroopilly. All of those latter infections have spread in just the past week, following a first case in a student from Indooroopilly State High School. And, as the figures have ramped up, so has Brisbane's list of venues that've been visited by people who've tested positive.
As always, you know what happens from here. Yes, naming locations and venues that positive coronavirus cases have been to is a core element of Queensland's containment strategy, and has been since early 2020. The list has been growing quickly over the last week, and keeps adding new and well-known locations. The latest high-profile trio: the Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank and Toowong Village.
A positive case visited GOMA on Tuesday, July 27 between 9.45–10.45am. If you were there at the same time, you've been at a close contact spot. That means that you need to get tested ASAP and then self-isolate, regardless of whether you receive a negative result — and you'll need to remain in isolation for 14 days, too.
South Bank also joins the list on the same day, from 10.45–11.20am, specifically covering the walkway from the Cultural Centre to the Wheel of Brisbane. It's a low-risk spot, however, which requires getting tested ASAP, then monitoring for symptoms.
And, given that a large number of cases and venues are currently concentrated in Brisbane's west, it isn't surprising that Toowong Village has been named — this time, across multiple categories. The Coles inside the centre is a close contact spot, covering 12–12.20pm on Friday, July 30, and so is Kmart on the same day from 4.05–5.05pm. If you were at either store at those times, you need to get tested and then self-quarantine for a fortnight.
Also at Toowong Village: Boost Juice from 11.35–11.45am and Merlo Coffee between 3.50–4.12pm, also on Friday, July 30. They're casual contact spots, which requires getting tested ASAP and then quarantining until you get a negative result.
The entire centre is also listed as a low-risk venue — which calls for getting tested ASAP, then monitoring for symptoms — from 11.15am–12.30pm and 3.45–5.15 on the same day.
Other places of note recently named as exposure sites include electronic darts bar Oche in Fortitude Valley; Ashgrove Fresh Fruit Market and the nearby Pet Cafe, Woolworths and 7-Eleven; the food court at Stafford City Shopping Centre; Logan Hyperdome; and Guzman y Gomez Indooroopilly. For the full list, head to the Queensland Health website.
As always, the usual advice regarding COVID-19 applies anyway. So, requests regarding social distancing, hygiene and getting tested if you're feeling even the slightest possible COVID-19 symptoms in general are still in effect, as they have since March 2020.
Residents of 11 Local Government Areas in southeast Queensland are currently under lockdown until at least 4pm on Sunday, August 8, and are only permitted to leave their homes for four permitted reasons; however, getting tested for COVID-19 is one of them.
Top image: Gallery of Modern Art, exterior, south and east face, James Turrell artwork.
Published on August 05, 2021 by Sarah Ward