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COVID-19: Flight Attendant Tests Positive AFTER Being Released from 14-Days in Quarantine, Goes Shopping

COVID-19: Flight Attendant Tests Positive AFTER Being Released from 14-Days in Quarantine, Goes Shopping

An international flight attendant has tested positive for COVID-19 only after she was released from 14-days in hotel quarantine in Brisbane, Australia. The flight attendant was only told she could be infectious after she had been shopping in a busy mall and had spent the afternoon in downtown Brisbane.

Contact tracers phoned the flight attendant with the bad news as she sat down for dinner in a busy restaurant.

The flight attendant, aged in her 30’s, was identified as a close contact of a passenger onboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to Brisbane on June 5 who tested positive for the highly infectious Delta variant.

Queensland Health did not say whether they put the flight attendant into quarantine because she was a close contact. Ordinarily, international aircrew only stay for a couple of days in Australia before returning home but in recent months a number of crew members have been made to stay longer for quarantine purposes.

The flight attendant was released from hotel quarantine at 9:00 am on Saturday without, it would appear, the need for a negative test. However, as part of routine aircrew surveillance testing, the woman did take a COVID-19 test after being released from quarantine.

The positive result came back the same day but only after the flight attendant had been mixing in the community. Community COVID-19 cases are incredibly rare in Queensland and the government only recently lifted some Coronavirus restrictions.

Queenslanders have now been put on high alert and fellow shoppers at an indoor shopping mall have been ordered to self-isolate.

“The woman has visited several locations, including the Airport DFO, Brisbane CBD, and a restaurant in Ellen Grove,”  Dr Jeannette Young, Queensland’s chief health officer said. “We are urgently contact tracing people with whom she shared a shuttle bus, at her accommodation, and at the restaurant.

Genomic sequencing revealed on Sunday evening that the flight attendant had not been infected with the Delta variant. That might suggest she was infected during her stay in hotel quarantine.

Photo Credit: Emirates

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  • So dumb. Here’s a thought: Stop testing people who don’t have ANY symptoms!! “Cases”, especially asymptomatic ones, are essentially meaningless since asymptomatic cases are extremely rarely contagious. Geesh. Enough with the PANDMEMIC PARANOIA!!!!! crap. Get a vaccine and move on already. The “cures” for this pandemic have and are doing far more damage to society and lives than the disease could ever do.

    • I agree. Countries that took a very hard stance on travel restrictions may have made some gains to provide time for vaccines but now that they should have these rolled out the benefit of remaining in a state of paranoia isn’t going to work well for them in the long run. Covid will still have to run its course because they will never achieve 100% vax rate.

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