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Full figures show sheer scope of Metro South’s COVID-19 response

30 July 2021

The Metro South Hospital and Health Service has tested about a third of the population of Greater Brisbane and quarantined enough people to fill three-quarters of The Gabba since the pandemic started.

Raw numbers reveal the scale of Metro South Health’s COVID-19 response.

Since the Australia’s first case was confirmed on 25 January 2020, Queensland has recorded 1,793 cases. Of these, 414 have been recorded in the Metro South region, including 404 recovered and no active cases*.

“Almost 80 per cent our cases have been acquired overseas, with a large portion of those detected in quarantine, and this is reflected in the Metro South region,” 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.

Metro South Hospital and Health Board Chair, Janine Walker AM said the community were to be commended for coming forward and being tested over the past 18 months.

“Across Metro South Health we have seen the community attend in our clinics droves each time there has been a positive COVID-19 case, and for this I am sincerely grateful,” Ms Walker said.

“This response from the community and the response from our staff to rapidly stand-up these testing clinics has been a key factor in keeping Queenslanders safe.

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

As of 29 July 2021, Metro South Health has administered 167,339 COVID-19 vaccinations, including 153,624 Pfizer doses and 13,715 AstraZeneca doses.

Ms Walker said Metro South Health had established community vaccination centres to deliver vaccines within the community to eligible people at Rocklea, Logan and Capalaba.

“Our Metro South Health staff have done an amazing job in establishing vaccination centres in our hospitals some months ago and now in establishing these community vaccination centres,” Ms Walker said.

As of 29 July 2021, Metro South Health has:

  • Completed 870,651 tests on 502,860 people (including public and private facilities)
  • Had 33,050 people received a quarantine notice
  • 208 females and 206 males tests positive to COVID-19
  • Age breakdown of COVID-19 cases:
    • 17 aged 0-9
    • 18 aged 10-19
    • 96 aged 20-29
    • 74 aged 30-39
    • 80 aged 40-49
    • 53 aged 50-59
    • 51 aged 60-69
    • 21 aged 70-79
    • 4 aged 80-89

*Data caveat on active cases: active cases may be reported by Hospital and Health Service of treatment, or by a patient’s usual place of residence. Therefore, some active cases may be reported as active in a particular HHS but may not be reported in that HHS’s case total.

Last updated: 30 July 2021