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Queenslanders who visited these regional NSW towns told to get tested


An alert has been issued for anyone who visited three regional New South Wales towns over the weekend, to get tested. 

It comes after a positive COVID-19 case visited Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill while infectious on Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, while in transit.

Health authorities are instructing any Queenslanders who went to those towns, on those dates, to get a COVID-19 test tomorrow, or earlier if possible, and isolate until they return a negative result.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says she is treating the situation with extra caution.

“We know a person who was positive for COVID-19 has been out and about in these communities very recently,” Dr Young says.

“There is every chance this individual has been in contact with holidaying or visiting Queenslanders who were also in these towns during this period.

“If we do have any cases connected to this individual, it is absolutely critical we detect them before we see widespread community transmission.

“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.”