Scenic Rim residents warned on Queensland COVID risk after Logan concerns

RISK: Mayor Greg Christensen has urged Scenic Rim residents to respect social distancing regulations issued by Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.
RISK: Mayor Greg Christensen has urged Scenic Rim residents to respect social distancing regulations issued by Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.

AFTER three new coronavirus cases were announced by Queensland Health, authorities in the Scenic Rim have warned resident to take COVID-19 seriously.

With the latest cases being so close to home, Mayor Greg Christensen said posts on social media suggesting people had dropped the ball on health advice around social distancing was of great concern.

"This should ring a really big alarm bell," he said..

"This is very real, this is not over and this is no time for people to be complacent.

"We need to be disciplined about social distancing and everyone needs to be humble enough that if they get symptoms they don't try to tough it out but seek medical assistance immediately."

Beaudesert GP Michael Rice said anyone who had visited any of the places flagged by Queensland Health as potential sources of infection or had symptoms like cough, runny nose or fever should get tested for COVID-19.

"For now they are not recommending testing for people with no symptoms unless they have been contacted by Queensland Health," he said.

"We do have a cohort of students in Beaudesert from that school (Parklands Church College) and they can be tested at the school or contact their local GP for advice.

"The advice is don't just roll up at your doctor's surgery, always call ahead"

Dr Rice said advice around isolation periods and whether people at risk should be retested after an initial negative result would be decided by health authorities.

Cr Christensen said people considering a trip to Browns Plains or Logan for shopping could stay closer to home.

"We have good options to shop locally." he said.

"Wherever you go, have patience, don't jostle in a queue and forget what others are doing, you can choose to do the right thing.

"There have been examples on social media over recent weeks where people are clearly not following social distancing advice and it has got to stop.

"The health risk is too great and the economic cost would be devastating for too many in our community."

This came after health authorities have slammed the actions of two 19-year-old women who they said recklessly endangered the public by not declaring a Victorian visit before testing positive to COVID-19.

As a result Logan was on high alert for a major outbreak, with shopping centres, restaurants, a school and a church closed for 48 hours for deep cleans. Cha Time and Origin Kebabs at Grand Plaza shopping centre and Primary Medical and Dental Practice at Browns Plains were among the premises closed for a deep clean.

In response to the latest cases, Queensland tightened up border security at 1am Saturday, adding people from the greater Sydney area to the list of those banned from entering the state.