Why a Covid-infected girl, 15, slept on the floor of a hospital ward for a WEEK – and she doesn’t even live in a locked-down state
- Covid-infected 15-year-old had to sleep on a roll-out mattress in a hospital ward
- Teen and a family member locked in room at Gold Coast University Hospital
- Spent a week on a ‘thin, roll-out mattress’ before being allowed to isolate at home
- Her parent got a hospital bed, but the 15-year-old slept on the floor instead
- MP wondered why the mostly asymptomatic teenager had to isolate himself in the hospital
A Covid-infected teen spent a week on a roll-out mattress in a hospital ward after contracting the virus because she didn’t want to be separated from her family.
The 15-year-old and one of her parents were locked up in an isolation ward at Gold Coast University Hospital after a cluster of cases emerged in southeastern Queensland.
While the adult was given a hospital bed for their quarantine period, Gold Coast MP Sam O’Connor said the teen slept on a “thin, roll-out mattress” for a week before authorities allowed her to self-isolate at home.
Mr O’Connor wondered why the couple had to be isolated in hospital while the parent was asymptomatic and the child only had a headache for a day.
Health sources claimed the couple was offered their own beds in separate rooms but declined, presumably so they could stay together.
The family was told that staff could not place two beds in the same hospital room.
A Covid-infected 15-year-old had to sleep on a roll-out mattress for a week at Gold Coast University Hospital after contracting the virus
Another Queenslander who was in the same cluster as the family was allowed to isolate at home, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
“The wider problem is that they are both struggling with their mental health because they can’t return home,” the state member said for Bonney.
dr. Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, agreed on Friday to allow both the parent and child – whose self-isolation period ends on October 13 – to complete their home quarantine.
Mr O’Connor said both parents had been double vaccinated but the teen waited until she turned 16 to get her first dose due to medical issues.
The parent and child will spend the remainder of their quarantine period under supervision as part of the state’s “Hospital in the Home” program.
A Queensland Health spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia Covid-positive cases in the state are generally treated in hospital, with only minor exceptions.
Pictured: Dr. Jeannette Young, Queensland Chief Health Officer. She agreed on Friday to let both the parent and child — whose self-isolation period ends on Oct. 13 — complete their home quarantine.
Those exceptions include “low acute cases” requiring only a minimal level of care by a registered nurse.
The case was revealed when the Queensland health official said she hoped to see widespread home quarantine in the state by December, with a trial commencing next week.
As of Monday, 1,000 people who have signed up to enter Queensland through interstate hotspots will be given the chance to quarantine for 14 days rather than in a hotel.
But the trial will only be offered to Queensland residents who are currently interstate and will not be made available to those who choose to travel to hotspots.
The 15-year-old and one of her parents were locked up in an isolation ward at Gold Coast University Hospital
Health chief Jeannette Young says if the trial is successful, widespread home quarantine could be implemented as early as December.
“I hope to see it, but let’s wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” she told reporters on Thursday.
Trial participants must have tested negative for at least two weeks since their second vaccination 72 hours prior to travel and must live within two hours of Brisbane airport.
The government is still wary of home quarantine for international arrivals and will closely monitor a process in South Australia.