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Full figures show sheer scope of Central Qld HHS’s COVID-19 response

30 July 2021

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has tested the equivalent of the population of Rockhampton and quarantined an average of 43 people a week since the pandemic started.

Raw numbers reveal the scale of Central Queensland HHS’s COVID-19 response.

Since Australia’s first case was confirmed on 25 January 2020, Queensland has recorded 1,793 cases. Of these, 32 have been Central Queenslanders and all have recovered.

“Almost 80 per cent our cases have been acquired overseas, with a large portion of those detected in quarantine, which is reflective in Central Queensland,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.

“And a significant amount of our locally-acquired cases were safely isolating while they were infectious, instead of risking the health of others in the community, which is a fantastic result.”

Sadly, the virus has claimed the lives of seven people in Queensland, with Dr Young saying the responsible actions of Queenslanders undoubtedly prevented more tragedies.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Steve Williamson paid tribute to the outstanding response of Central Queenslanders, and healthcare workers to keep this region safe from COVID.

“Our residents have shown time and time again they’re willing to come forward for testing when required, and our staff have done an amazing job responding quickly and efficiently to setting up testing sites when demand surged,” he said.

“I am very proud of the outstanding work done to contain our outbreak at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre, without spread to residents, other staff or community members.

Dr Young said Queensland’s vaccine roll-out had progressed well given the nation’s issues sourcing supplies.

As of 29 July 2021, Central Queensland HHS has administered 25,443 COVID-19 vaccinations, including 20,310 Pfizer doses and 5,133 AstraZeneca doses.

“Our vaccination teams have been working tirelessly to secure staff and sites to provide clinics across the wide geographical area of Central Queensland to ensure healthcare workers and residents in small regional towns have access to their shots,” Mr Williamson said.

“Vaccination is the best way for our community to protect ourselves against this virus.”

As of 29 July 2021, Central Queensland HHS has:

  • Completed 86,032 tests on 59,285 people (including public and private facilities)
  • Had 2,806 people receive a quarantine notice
  • 6 females and 26 males tests positive to COVID-19
  • Age breakdown of COVID-19 cases:
    • 0 aged 0-9
    • 3 aged 10-19
    • 11 aged 20-29
    • 7 aged 30-39
    • 2 aged 40-49
    • 2 aged 50-59
    • 4 aged 60-69
    • 3 aged 70-79
    • 0 aged 80-89
Last updated: 30 July 2021