29 January 2020 – Queensland: first case of COVID-19 confirmed, 14-day self-isolation requirements introduced

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Executive Office
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Tracing and quarantining contacts; International travel measures; Significant events; First cases or deaths
Level of Jurisdiction: Queensland
Lead People/Agency: Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer; Queensland Health

Overview: 1. Queensland Health announcement (by Dr Jeannette Young, Queensland Chief Health Officer) of first confirmed COVID-19 case in Queensland, a 44 year old Chinese national, isolated in the Gold Coast University Hospital, who had returned from Wuhan (Hubei Province).
a) All contacts of any confirmed COVID19 cases must self-isolate for 14 days post exposure;
b) Travelers returning from Hubei Province of China need to self quarantine 14 days after leaving province.
c) Contacts of any confirmed COVID19 case should not attend school, childcare or TAFE for 14 days post exposure
d) Returned travelers (including students, teachers and anyone working or attending these facilities) from China (and Hong Kong) should not attend school, childcare, or TAFE for 14 days after leaving China (or Hong Kong).
3. Announcement: Chinese football team and their support staff (32 individuals in total) who arrived in Brisbane on January 29, 2020 asked to remain in their hotel rooms until 5 February 2020.

Full details here: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases/releases/queensland-coronavirus-update-290120

Type of Justification: No justification given
Evidence/Justification: This is a precautionary measure following brand new advice around the timeframe that people may be contagious before showing symptoms.