The case, which produced a positive result at the Hervey Bay lab, has been linked to a cluster where a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane contracted the virus

She and her sister were part of a chicken party that was traveling to Byron Bay, The Chronicle believes the woman whose test was confirmed positive in Hervey Bay this week was also at the party

The woman is also believed to be not a Hervey Bay local, as has been widely reported, but is from the Wide Bay area and is currently in isolation at Bundaberg Hospital

However, contact tracing is ongoing However, the Chronicle believes the woman became aware of the risk while she was still in the south, and as a result, minimal stops were made between there and home before being tested and self-isolating

The Wide Bay area remains on high alert due to its proximity to Brisbane and the amount of travelers passing through it

EARLIER: At least one test done in Hervey Bay in the past few days has returned positive and is currently being investigated, as the Chronicle understands

This came after a mammoth test across the state Jan.589 samples were taken and only eight new cases were associated with two clusters

There are currently 78 confirmed cases in Queensland hospitals However, it is unclear whether any of these cases are actually treated on the Fraser Coast

Chronicle suggests that while the person tested positive at Hervey Bay, the person moved on from the area and is being treated at Bundaberg Hospital

The Chronicle has contacted Queensland Health for clarification, including a list of potential contact traces of concern, and is awaiting a response

Dr Queensland Health’s chief health officer Jeanette Young told reporters in Brisbane Tuesday that Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Gladstone, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay in NSW remain at risk of outbreaks due to travel

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