Byron Bay Covid-19 cluster grows as Queensland woman infected after hen's party

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Another coronavirus case added to the Byron Bay cluster after a Covid-positive Queensland woman attended a hen’s party and sparked panic – but it poses no risk to the public

  • Another Covid-19 case has been linked to cluster at Byron Bay, NSW north-coast
  • Queensland woman attended the hen’s night in March before testing positive
  • She had come into contact with Covid-19 positive woman and another nurse
  • Dr Jeanette Young said woman took four Covid-19 tests before positive result 

A Queensland woman has tested positive to coronavirus after attending a hen’s party in Byron Bay.

But Queensland state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the woman was no longer deemed ‘infectious’.  

‘One case believed to be historic linked to Byron Bay cluster,’ she wrote.

‘Not a risk to the community and under investigation.’  

Chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said the case was linked to the second outbreak at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Brisbane, on March 28.

A Queensland woman has tested positive to coronavirus after attending a hen's party at Byron Bay in New South Wales

A Queensland woman has tested positive to coronavirus after attending a hen’s party at Byron Bay in New South Wales

State premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the woman was no longer deemed 'infectious'

State premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the woman was no longer deemed ‘infectious’

The cluster, which now sits at 13, sparked a citywide three-day lockdown while authorities rushed to trace all known contacts.  

The woman had attended a hen’s party in Byron Bay, on the New South Wales north-coast, around the same time.

A Princess Alexandra Hospital nurse and another woman, who were Covid-19 positive, were also at the party. 

Dr Young said the woman had received a Covid-19 test since coming into contact with the women at the hen’s night.

Though it took four tests before finally returning a positive result.  

‘It may have been a very low viral load, but we need to look into it further to be sure,’ she said.  

‘As this person had attended the party where Covid-19 spread to a number of people, they were placed into self-isolation at home and a testing routine commenced.’

Dr Young praised the woman for following health advice from medical professionals and self-isolating. 

‘I am very grateful to this person for following the advice and doing all the right things to protect the community,’ she said.

A Princess Alexandra Hospital nurse and another woman, who were Covid-19 positive, were also at the party

A Princess Alexandra Hospital nurse and another woman, who were Covid-19 positive, were also at the party

Dr Young said the woman had received a Covid-19 since coming into contact with the women at the hen's night

Dr Young said the woman had received a Covid-19 since coming into contact with the women at the hen’s night

‘The case is still under investigation, particularly why they had returned four negative PCR tests while in self-isolation, but then a positive serology test.’ 

Queensland reported no new Covid-19 cases on Sunday with 57 cases still active.

It is the ninth day the state has gone without a community transmission of Covid-19.

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