Parklands Christian College at Logan closed after employee tests positive for coronavirus. Parents laud school.

CORONAVIRUS: A Park Ridge school is closed after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.
CORONAVIRUS: A Park Ridge school is closed after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.

Wednesday 12.30pm

BOWMAN MP Andrew Laming has called for calm as Queensland border restrictions tighter and officials continue contact tracing for two confirmed south-east COVID-19 cases.

Police are ramping up tests from this weekend, with more Sydney suburbs and all of Melbourne banned from entering Queensland.

Mr Laming knowing the origin of an outbreak - as Queensland Health does - was important for preventing the spread of the virus.

He said the red-zoning of Sydney was a wise move but he hoped Queensland would not be closing down completely.

"Getting an outbreak is not a failure. Like a flu, cases are going to reappear somewhere.

"The lag in getting symptoms and the ability to spread before people feel ill is what makes COVID so challenging to manage."

Wednesday 11am

HEALTH Minister Steven Miles says extensive contact tracing is under way in Logan and Springfield after two women who recently returned from Victoria tested positive to COVID-19.

Mr Miles said both of the new cases were 19-year-old women, one from Logan, one from Acacia Ridge. Both likely acquired the disease interstate.

They are at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

He said the pair had travelled together on July 21, flying from Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney.

Contact tracers were identifying close contacts from those flights.

One of the women is a cleaner at Parklands Christian College, and Mr Miles said testing capabilities would be set up at the school by this afternoon.

He said there was a large amount of contact tracing to be done in the Logan and Springfield regions, including at shopping centres, restaurants and a church.

"The most important message here is that anyone with any concerns should go and get tested," he said.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said it was a very disappointing outcome.

"These two young women have been out in the community for eight days whilst unwell," she said.

"There are going to be shopping centres, schools, restaurants, all going to be closed now for at least 48 hours while we arrange a deep clean of those facilities and contact trace those who attended."

She asked that all the aged care facilities in the Metro South area be closed to visitors.

Police would be investigating the circumstances around how the women returned to Queensland.

Queensland Health is set to release a list of the locations the women visited.

Wednesday 10.30am

Queensland Health will brief Darren Power later today on the COVID-19 case at a Park Ridge school.

Cr Power assured residents at this morning's council meeting that the case did not affect council services and facilities.

"I am confident Queensland Health is doing everything it can for the safety of the community," he said.

Cr Jacob Heremaia echoed those sentiments during the general meeting.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and teachers of Parklands Christian College during these difficult times."

Meanwhile, Jimboomba Redbacks has closed its Glenlogan Park headquarters after the confirmed COVID-19 case.

Matches were due to take place there this weekend.

The club announced this morning on Facebook the ground would close for cleaning.

"We are working with AFLQ and we will keep everyone informed in what is happening," the club said.

"Thank you for all your support."

Wednesday 9.20am

CONTACT tracing is underway after a staff member at Parklands Christian College tested positive for COVID-19, Logan MP Linus Power says.

"Anybody that the staff member has had contact with should follow the directions of Queensland Health," he said.

"Anybody else that has any symptoms should go immediately to the Logan Hospital to get tested.

"The fever clinic there means that you can get tested really quickly."

According to Queensland Health, the woman, who is under isolation, tested positive late yesterday after returning from interstate last week.

"The school will temporarily close until further notification to allow for cleaning and work will commence on contact tracing.

"We are working to determine where the virus may have been acquired, including working with the woman to gather necessary information about places she may have visited whilst infectious."

Wednesday, 8.15am

A parent of a student at Parklands Christian College has praised the school for its response to the COVID-19 case.

The parent, who did not want to be named, said they were impressed with the school's response to the outbreak, notifying parents of the news.

Parents were emailed at 9.15pm Tuesday notifying them of the outbreak.

"They found out late yesterday, and they were onto it last night straight away," the parent said.

"They have given us everything they have and are doing the best they can with the information they have been given.

"I would have liked more information, yeah, but that's not their fault."

He said it was a reminder to Logan people to take the pandemic seriously.

"It will only take one little thing and we'll all be in lockdown again, destroying all the hard work everyone's done," he said.

Queensland Health said the woman was in isolation and contact tracing was underway.

"The school will temporarily close until further notification to allow for cleaning and work will commence on contact tracing," it said.

"Queensland Health is working to determine where the virus may have been acquired, including working with the woman to gather necessary information about places she may have visited whilst infectious."

Queensland's total number of coronavirus cases stands at 1077, with six active cases remaining.

"As always, we strongly recommend everyone with symptoms to immediately get tested," QH said.

"Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland."

Earlier

A Park Ridge school is closed this morning after someone associated with the school tested positive for coronavirus.

The Public Health Unit closed Parklands Christian College today as a precautionary measure, it says, after the confirmed case.

A letter to parents says a COVID-19 clinic will be set up at the school's Baskerville Sports Centre today for concerned people to be tested.

The news follows a COVID-19 outbreak at the Jimboomba Education and Childcare Centre in March.

A child had been at the centre for four days while unknowingly contagious.

The centre was closed for a fortnight for a deep clean.

Metro South Health, which is responsible for Beaudesert, Logan and Redlands Hospitals, issued a letter to parents at the centre.

The letter said Metro South Health was working closely with the centre to identify the children and staff who were potentially exposed.

More to come