Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin


Restaurant and Dreamworld added to exposure sites


DREAMWORLD and a Broadbeach restaurant have been added to a list of exposure sites after a Covid-infected flight attendant visited the Gold Coast.

Authoritie­s are bracing for increased demand for testing, with more local exposure sites tipped to be added.

Koi restaurant has been listed as a high-risk “close contact” exposure site, following her visit on July 14, while Dreamworld was deemed low risk after she visited the theme park on July 16.

THE Gold Coast is on Covid alert, with authoritie­s bracing for increased demand for testing after it was revealed an infected flight attendant visited Dreamworld and a restaurant in the city last week.

More local exposure sites were expected to be added late on Friday night as contact tracing continued.

Health authoritie­s are scrambling to trace the movements of a QantasLink flight crew member who was “possibly infectious” on six flights between Brisbane, Longreach, Gladstone and Hervey Bay on July 11-12.

Koi, in the heart of the Broadbeach dining precinct, has been listed as a high-risk “close contact” exposure site, with anyone who visited between 1.50pm and 2.50pm on Wednesday, July 14, to immediatel­y quarantine.

Queensland Health has urged anyone who visited Koi at that time to immediatel­y travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodat­ion and quarantine; get tested at your earliest opportunit­y; complete the online contact tracing form on the Queensland Health website or phone 134 COVID (134 268).

Anyone there at that time should quarantine even after receiving a negative result. Queensland Health will contact people who complete the contact tracing form.

A Koi spokesman said the restaurant was still open and following all QH directives.

Dreamworld said QH had informed them that an individual who visited the park between 10.30am and 2pm on Friday, July 16, had since tested positive to the virus. Dreamworld was listed as a low-risk exposure site on Friday.

“Dreamworld’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of guests and team members, and the park operates under a Queensland Health-approved Covid Safe Plan,” the theme park said in a statement.

“Dreamworld team members who came into direct contact with the positive guest are being identified, asked to isolate immediatel­y and to present a negative test result before returning to work.”

Anyone who visited Dreamworld between 10.30am and 2pm on Friday, July 16, should get tested, but do not need to isolate unless they have symptoms. People experienci­ng symptoms should quarantine at home until they receive a negative result and continue to monitor for symptoms. Anyone who becomes symptomati­c should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Dreamworld said it planned to email guests who attended on the day, which was likely to have been relatively quiet given it was a weekday outside of school holidays. Staff who had contact with the woman would be tested and remain at home until they received negative tests.

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