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Central West COVID cases - 12 January 2022

Wednesday 12 January 2022

News_COVID-19 Update

The following statement may be attributed to Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Mr Anthony West.

Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Central West over the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of active cases currently in the region to 61, when adjusted for people who have completed their quarantine and been discharged.

The following communities have active cases:

  • 1 x Alpha
  • 12 x Barcaldine
  • 1 x Bedourie
  • 17 x Blackall
  • 22 x Longreach
  • 6 x Winton
  • 1 x Muttaburra
  • 1 x Boulia

All are being managed at home or in their private accommodation through a partnership between Central West Health, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and an external Commonwealth service provider.

No further details will be provided due to confidentiality.

Vaccination continues to be our best protection against COVID–19 and our outreach vaccination clinics are continuing across the region.

As well as delivering booster vaccinations to those who have completed their primary course of vaccination and first and second doses to those who are still unvaccinated or have had only one dose, we have started delivering vaccinations to children aged between 5 and 11 years.

So far, we delivered 30 vaccinations to children aged from 5 to 11 years in Barcaldine yesterday and have a similar number booked in for today.

The child vaccination dose is one-third of the dose approved for those aged 12 and over and should be administered in two doses at least 8 weeks apart.

So, it’s very important that parents bring in their children for that second dose to be fully vaccinated and I encourage parents not to forget this.

During January, outreach vaccination clinics are scheduled for everyone aged 5 years and over at Barcaldine, Alpha, Winton, Boulia and Longreach.

Clinics at other Central West Queensland communities will be advertised soon in local media, as well as the Central West Hospital and Health Service website and Facebook.

The Longreach-based vaccination booking and information call centre is open. Booking an appointment for a first, second or booster dose of vaccine is easy as calling 1800 953 703, or emailing:

Going forward, please continue to be tested if you have any symptoms, no matter how mild.

Testing helps us quickly find as many cases in the community as possible and reduce the spread of COVID.

Symptoms include: Fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea or lack of taste or smell.

Testing is available for free at all our facilities in the Central West.

Please call ahead to register in advance for testing.

  • Longreach Hospital 4658 4731
  • Blackall Hospital 4650 7700
  • Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service 4650 4000
  • Winton Multipurpose Health Service 4657 2700
  • Alpha Multipurpose Health Service 4809 7000
  • Aramac Primary Health Centre 4652 9000
  • Bedourie Primary Health Centre 4746 1226
  • Birdsville Primary Health Centre 4656 3245
  • Boulia Primary Health Centre 4746 2300
  • Isisford Primary Health Centre 4658 8500
  • Jericho (please call your nearest facility - Alpha or Barcaldine)
  • Jundah Primary Health Centre 4658 6500
  • Muttaburra Primary Health Centre 4658 7500
  • Tambo Primary Health Centre 4621 7100
  • Windorah Primary Health Centre 4656 6100

Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, whether through a RAT or PCR test, is quarantining as per current requirements.

Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, whether through a RAT or PCR test, is quarantining
as per current requirements.

There is a raft of information on the Queensland Health website. Please see:

  • what to do if you have COVID-19
  • testing information and locations
  • quarantine for close contacts
  • managing COVID-19 in workplaces (information for businesses)
  • rules for travelling into Queensland
  • getting COVID-Ready
  • getting vaccinated in QLD.


For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 14 January 2022