Queensland Health has issued a public health alert for contact tracing locations in Archerfield and Goondiwindi after a truck driver from New South Wales tested positive to COVID-19.

The truck driver arrived in the state on August 25 and returned to NSW the next day, so was infectious in the Queensland community for one day.

The indoor areas of a BP service station in Archerfield, a Puma Service Centre footcourt in Bundamba and a BP truck stop in Goondiwindi are listed close-contact exposure sites.

Queensland’s trucking and agriculture industries have been calling for the introduction of rapid antigen testing for COVID to fix lengthy delays at the NSW border.

Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) chief executive Gary Mahon said drivers are getting tested several times a week because of the uncertain test result timelines.

“There is no-one else in the community being subjected to the testing arrangements like our people,” he said.

Rapid antigen tests can provide a result within 20 minutes, but are not as accurate as regular testing.

Last month, the ABC revealed outback towns along the Queensland border were not being included in the state government’s sewage testing for COVID-19 fragments – a key early warning sign to help prepare for outbreaks.

On Tuesday, Queensland Health confirmed to the ABC it had invited Goondiwindi to join the wastewater surveillance program.

The Queensland government has flagged the hard border with New South Wales may be in place until at least October.

On the NSW side, residents are under lockdown restrictions, while Queensland will not let anyone but essential workers cross the border.

Extracted in full from: Queensland issues alerts for new COVID-19 exposure sites as truck driver from NSW tests positive – ABC News