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Workers who shared an office with a Covid-infected staffer weren’t told for 10 DAYS  

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Employees sharing an office with a Covid-infected employee were told nothing for 10 DAYS for fear it would cause ‘hysteria’

  • The infected person worked in the Skyscraper building in Brisbane’s CBD
  • A number of government services are housed in the building
  • Employees only found out 10 days after the Covid case was discovered
  • An email revealed authorities were concerned about ‘unnecessary hysteria’










Workers in a Brisbane office building shared the facility with a Covid-infected person for 10 days before finding out, and

The incident took place at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 at the Skyscraper Centre, Albert Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

The building houses a number of government departments, including the Queensland Mental Health Tribunal.

The Covid-positive person worked at the Skyscraper Centre, 53 Albert Street in Brisbane’s CBD in March 2020

dr.  Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young replied 'it's happening everywhere' when notified of the Skyscraper case by email

dr. Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young replied ‘it’s happening everywhere’ when notified of the Skyscraper case by email

In an email chain, Tribunal President Annette McMullen emailed Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young in March 2020 to tell her that a security guard in the building told workers there was a positive case had been in the building, the courier post reported.

Mrs. McMullen was told that ‘the men had been in dangerous suits’.

She said her inquiries to the building manager had been declined before she was contacted by an employee of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works to confirm that a positive worker had been in the building 10 days earlier.

Ms. McMullen said she was told the guard shouldn’t have told people about the case.

“He said they didn’t have a protocol yet for advising tenants because they didn’t want to create unnecessary hysteria.”

dr. Young responded to the email by saying “it’s happening everywhere,” and referred to other active cases identified at the time.

Three new cases were registered in Queensland at the time the positive worker was identified in mid-March. As of March 30, there were 689 active cases in the state, and 33 new cases were registered that day.

Yesterday, Queensland registered two new cases among a total of 28 active cases. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic last year is now 2,009.

Health workers perform tests at a pop-up Covid-19 testing center at St Thomas More College in Brisbane, Sunnybank

Health workers perform tests at a pop-up Covid-19 testing center at St Thomas More College in Brisbane, Sunnybank

An outbreak linked to St Thomas More College in Sunnybank in Brisbane’s southern suburbs appears to be under control, said Dr. Young yesterday.

The email about the Skyscraper Center was included in court documents for an pending federal court case, Chubb Insurance Australia Limited v Market Foods Pty Limited.

Queensland Health will not comment on the email exchange as it is not a party to the proceedings.

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