Covid testing site opens in Goondiwindi

A Covid testing site has opened at Goondiwindi hospital.
A Covid testing site has opened at Goondiwindi hospital.

Goondiwindi where are you?

A pop-up Covid testing site has opened at the Goondiwindi Hospital but there aren't many visitors, at least when we visited on Thursday morning.

And that's despite Queensland Health making an urgent plea to residents and travellers.

If you visited McDonald's Goondiwindi between 7.30a.m to 8am, you need to get tested for COVID-19, and stay home until you receive your results.

If you were at McDonalds during that time, please call Darling Downs Public Health Unit on 07 4699 8240.

The Goondiwindi pop-up clinic is open from from 7.30am to 5pm. If you do plan to have a test, please phone ahead on 4578 2400.

"We need as many people to get tested as possible. The more tests the better," one of the staff said.

About 50 cars had been through by late morning with the majority arriving early about 7.30am with only "dribs and drabs" since.

The testing site has been established following news that a woman who has tested positive for Covid stopped in Goondiwindi on her way from Victoria to Caloundra.

"If you weren't at the exposure locations, and have any COVID-19 symptoms (even mild), please come forward and get tested. It's really important you get tested if you have any symptoms so we can find out if there is any transmission in our community," a Queensland Health statement said today.

"Please be patient and kind while you wait to be tested. It's a good idea to bring with you items you may need for example your mobile phone and charger, medications and water."

Queensland 's Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, said it was "vital" anyone who was at McDonalds on June 5 from 7.30a.m. to 8a.m.be tested for COVID, whether they have symptoms or not.

"The health and safety of our people and our customers is our priority and we continue to operate in accordance with the Queensland Department of Health's Directions.

"McDonald's Australia uses high-grade cleaning products throughout the strict cleaning, quality control and hygiene procedures in every shift at each of our restaurants," a company spokesperson said.

Queensland and NSW health authorities scrambled to gain as much information they could after a 44-year-old woman tested positive to COVID after arriving in Caloundra. Her partner, whom she was travelling with, has now also tested positive.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'ath said the couple left Melbourne on June 1, arriving in Queensland on the 5th.

"She could well have been infectious while she was travelling through New South Wales and that is something I've been working with my colleagues in New South Wales on."

A number of people who have visited Goondiwindi's testing site had travelled to Moree at the weekend.

Ms D'Ath said as yet there was no community transmission.

"Hopefully there are no other positive cases and there is no actual local community transmission but it is very early."

The first lot of local tests were expected to be sent around midday today with the results due tomorrow.

If you are no longer in Queensland please check with the relevant state health department for health advice and requirements.

Exposure sites

  • Goondiwindi McDonald's on June 5 between 7.35am-7.50am.
  • Caltex Toowoomba on June 5 between 11am-11.15am.
  • Sunny's at Moffat Beach on June 6 between 2.45pm-3pm.
  • Coffee Cat at Kings Beach on June 6 between 3.30pm-4.30pm.
  • Stockland Caloundra, including Coffee Club and Kmart, on June 7 between 10.45am-11.30am.
  • Bunnings at Caloundra on June 7 between 12.10pm-12.45pm.
  • Kawana Shopping World on June 7 between 1pm-2pm.
  • Baringa IGA at Caloundra on June 8 between 3.50pm-4pm.
  • Moree Gwydir Carpark/Motel & Thermal Pools from Thursday, 3 June at 1.45pm , all day Friday, 4 June to Saturday, 5 June at 7.30am
  • Moree Cafe Omega Thursday, 3 June from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Moree Woolworths 3.30-4.30pm on Thursday 3rd.
  • Moree Cafe Omega Friday, 4 June from 7.00am to 9.30am
  • Moree Cafe Omega Friday, 4 June from 11.50am to 2.00pm
  • Moree Amaroo Tavern Friday, 4 June from 4.30pm to 11.00pm