Queensland COVID-19 update
9 August 2021
Data update for Indooroopilly cluster
Queensland has recorded five COVID-19 cases today with four linked to the ‘Indooroopilly cluster’ and one overseas acquired detected in hotel quarantine.
The four cases linked to the cluster were in quarantine, and as a result are not a risk to the community.
The cases take the cluster to 113, which includes 69 people aged 19 or under.
This includes 49 students and four teachers. Five schools in south east Queensland are associated with this cluster.
There are more than 17,000 contacts associated with the cluster, including more than 12,000 in home quarantine.
To access a full list of COVID-19 testing locations, with interactive map and post code search, visit www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.
As at 9am Monday 9 August, in the past 24 hours, there were 1,147 COVID-19 tests conducted in the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service region including public and private facilities.
There are over 300 close contacts associated with the Cairns case, and more than 1,110 in quarantine.
Genomic sequencing has linked the Cairns taxi driver reported on Sunday 8 August with a reef pilot who was reported on Wednesday 4 August. Their contact occurred on Monday 26 July.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it’s vital that residents take this snap lockdown seriously to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“To mitigate the risk of the Delta variant spreading in Far North Queensland, we need the community to continue doing the right thing and stick to lockdown restrictions,” Dr Young said.
“The lockdown restrictions for the Cairns and Yarrabah communities will continue until 4pm Wednesday 11 August 2021.
“The lockdown for these areas gives our teams, including contact tracers, the time to work through the information effectively.
“Thank you to the Cairns and Yarrabah community for being great and really taking this snap lockdown in their stride. This is what makes a big difference when dealing with Delta.”
Gold Coast to Northern NSW Covid-19 case update
New South Wales Health Department have confirmed that a positive COVID-19 case, now located in Byron Bay, has not entered Queensland during his infectious period.
Anyone who has been at a COVID-19 exposure site identified by Queensland Health contact tracers or anyone who has any symptoms, no matter how mild, should come forward to get tested.
We continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales every day. If there is a need for tighter border controls, we will implement them.
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) Mass Vaccination Hub
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will open as a vaccination location on Wednesday 11 August. This is an appointment-only vaccination location.
Anyone aged 16 to 59 years old is now eligible to register their interest to get vaccinated.
Please note, registering your interest does not mean you will get an appointment straight away.
You will be invited to book an appointment in your local area when appointments become available.
The timing of when you receive your invitation depends on your priority status and demand in your region.
If you are in any of the priority worker cohorts, which includes healthcare workers, aged care or disability workers, school and early childhood staff, FIFO or interstate freight workers and quarantine or border workers, please indicate this when you register your interest.
Below, we’ve addressed some of the most frequently asked questions we’re receiving.
Can I watch or play a game of sport, indoors or outdoors?
Organised sport of any description including community, club and recreational sport is not permitted to operate.
Can I go to the gym? What are the restrictions?
If you are in an impacted area, gyms, yoga studios, health clubs, fitness centres, spin studios, barre studio, and dance studios can operate.
The total number of people to attend the gym or studio is to be based on occupant density of:
- one person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50).
- one person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.
- one person per 2 square metres for outdoor venues.
You must wear a mask when exercising. You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, or running.
You may remove your mask if you are out of breath or puffing.
What is the best mask to wear?
The best face mask is a single-use surgical mask – you can purchase these at pharmacies. If you are unable to get a surgical mask, any paper or cloth masks are fine to use. The most effective cloth masks are made up of at least 3 layers.
A scarf, snood or piece of fabric is not an acceptable mask.