Queensland Health wants anyone who visited the regional NSW towns of Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill last weekend to be tested for COVID-19.
Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young says she is treating the latest threat with an abundance of caution.
The alert comes after a positive COVID-19 case from NSW transited through the towns while infectious, she said.
“We know a person who was positive for COVID-19 has been out and about in these communities very recently,” Dr Young said.
“There is every chance this individual has been in contact with holidaying or visiting Queenslanders who were also in these towns during this period.”
She asked anyone who visited Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill from January 2-3 to get tested immediately and quarantine at home until they receive a negative test result.
“If we do have any cases connected to this individual, it is absolutely critical we detect them before we see widespread community transmission,” she said.
“Additionally, I am concerned about the potential spread across regional NSW.
“Queenslanders who spent time in regional NSW over the holiday period should remain vigilant of their health and get tested if they show any COVID-19 symptoms.”
Dr Young’s latest plea comes days after she asked anyone who had been in Victoria on, or since, December 21 to get tested immediately.