Please attribute the below to a Queensland Health spokesperson:
Queensland Health is aware of an article regarding an alleged COVID-19 quarantine breach.
We are concerned some early reporting has misrepresented this situation and it’s important people understand the facts.
In circumstances where a person accompanies a relative to hospital for medical treatment, full PPE and safety guidelines are followed. This occurs even if a patient is being transported for non-COVID related medical issues.
Quarantine guests are transported to and from the hospital by Queensland Ambulance Service, who have been safely transporting hotel quarantine guests for almost a year.
All protocols were followed in this case. Guests were transported from and returned to the hotel by Qld Ambulance Service while in appropriate PPE. The suggestion the person caught a ride-share back to the hotel is untrue. Full and proper COVID-19 PPE protocols were followed while these guests were in the hospital.
We have successfully managed the quarantine of over 100,000 people in Queensland, and have not had a single case because of the movement of these people.