NSW Health says it is in the process of contacting more than 20,000 people who have recently returned from Queensland as that state’s latest coronavirus outbreak evolves.
The travellers who returned on flights between March 20 and 26 are being contacted via email and SMS to request that they get tested and isolate if they have visited any of the venues of concern listed by Queensland Health.
People who are known to have visited a venue of concern will receive a phone call.
“Nine close contacts in NSW have been identified so far,” NSW Health said in a statement on Sunday night.
“They have been instructed to undergo a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. These people will receive regular follow-up contact from NSW Health during this time.”
Entry declaration forms were introduced on Saturday for anyone entering NSW after spending time in the Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas since March 11.
All travellers, whether by air, road or rail, must fill out the form within the 24-hour period prior to entering NSW, or upon arrival.
It includes contact details and confirmation whether people have been to any venues of concern.
Queensland recorded one new locally transmitted case of COVID-19 on Sunday.
The new case is the brother of a 26-year-old man who tested positive earlier in the week – but Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said he no longer had the virus and was “perfectly well, fully recovered”.
“We believe he is probably the person responsible for transmitting the infection to (the first case),” she told reporters on Sunday.
As the Queensland situation “continues to develop”, NSW Health is asking returned travellers to remain vigilant for symptoms, keep an eye on the Queensland Health website for updated locations of concern, and to avoid non-essential visits to hospitals, nursing homes or other care facilities.
“NSW Health urges anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately or testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result,” NSW Health said.