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COVID cases in the Torres and Cape region

16 February 2022

As at last night, there were 520 active COVID-19 cases within the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region.

Active case numbers are fluctuating as cases are discharged from their one-week quarantine and new cases come on.

  • Aurukun – 6
  • Badu Island – 9
  • Bamaga – 34
  • Boigu – 20
  • Coen – 32
  • Cooktown – 29
  • Erub (Darnley) Island – 2
  • Hammond Island – 4
  • Hope Vale – 16
  • Horn Island – 27
  • Iama Island – 2
  • Injinoo – 2
  • Kowanyama – 22
  • Lockhart River – 9
  • Mabuiag Island – 1
  • Mapoon – 13
  • Napranum – 46
  • New Mapoon – 8
  • Pormpuraaw – 49
  • Saibai Island – 4
  • Seisia – 13
  • Thursday Island – 58
  • Umagico – 2
  • Warraber Island – 13
  • Weipa – 82
  • Wujal Wujal – 12
  • Out of catchment area – 5

Two active cases currently are being managed in hospital at Bamaga and Weipa.

All other active cases within the region are being managed at home or other accommodation arranged in association with local disaster management groups, where home accommodation is unsuitable for isolation.

No further information can be provided due to confidentiality.

To date, accounting for those who have been discharged from quarantine, the Torres and Cape HHS has recorded 2500 cases of COVID-19.

With widespread transmission of COVID–19 evident throughout our region, vaccination remains our best protection against the virus.

While being vaccinated will not prevent you getting COVID-19, vaccination has been proven to reduce the severity of the illness and help keep you out of hospital and, especially, out of intensive care.

We are currently delivering booster vaccination doses across the region, along with vaccinations for children aged 5–11, as well as first and second doses for people who have not yet had them.

New national advice is that everyone aged 16 years and older will be considered “up to date’’ with their COVID–19 vaccinations ONLY if they have received their booster dose, as well as their initial first and second doses.

Everyone aged 16 years and older is eligible for the booster vaccination if it has been three months or more since the completion of their primary course of vaccine – both doses.

To date, we have delivered 5913 booster vaccinations across the region, which represents about 63 per cent of those aged 16 years and over and eligible for the booster.

If you are due for your booster, please come and get it for that added layer of protection.

Evidence from New South Wales indicates that the parts of Sydney hit hardest by the Omicron wave also had the lowest booster vaccine update.

We are also delivering vaccinations for children aged 5-11 years and, to date, have delivered 1456 vaccinations to this age group, which represents 45.2 per cent of eligible children.

By vaccinating your children, you can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect them from getting sick from COVID-19.

The child vaccine is being delivered in two doses about eight weeks apart so it’s vital you bring your child in for that second dose to ensure they are fully protected.

The sooner you bring your child in for that first dose, the sooner the second dose date will come around so your child can complete their course.

Currently, 81 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 years and over in the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region is now fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine.

As well as vaccination, we urge Torres Strait, Cape York, and Northern Peninsula Area residents to observe common sense hygiene practices.

Please wear masks as directed, practice social distancing – at least three big steps – and good hygiene, including frequent washing of hands with sanitiser and get tested if you have symptoms, no matter how mild.

If you are sick with mild symptoms and cannot access either PCR or RAT testing, please stay at home.

If you do experience symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain or severe light-headedness, seek medical attention.

Testing helps us quickly find as many cases in the community as possible and reduce the spread of COVID, so please come and be tested if you have any symptoms.

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

Testing for COVID-19 is available at all Torres and Cape HHS health facilities through a combination of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, depending on individual requirements.

There is no issue with availability of RAT tests at any of our facilities.

  • Anyone presenting for testing at one of our facilities who has symptoms of COVID 19 will receive a Rapid Antigen Test.
  • Close contacts of a positive case will also receive a Rapid Antigen Test on Day Six.
  • If someone is a close contact and has symptoms, they will receive a Rapid Antigen Test.
  • Only where Rapid Antigen Tests are not available will someone be given a PCR.

If you are using a Rapid Antigen Test at home and test positive, please contact the health service public health team on 0438 755 738 to register the result and for advice. Please leave a message if unanswered.

Or you can email: TCHHS-COVID19-PublicHealth@health.qld.gov.au

If you need assistance with how to use a RAT test please watch the following videos from Dr Eric Levi:

Adult and child vaccinations are now available in most Cape York and NPA communities with specialist teams based at each of our health facilities from Monday to Friday.

In the Torres Strait, roving vaccination teams are travelling to island clusters on a rotational basis.

Torres Strait vaccination clinics will be held this week (14-18 February) at:

Thursday Island

  • 12 years plus at the Tamwoy Hall (Tuesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Green Horizon Building (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 5-11 years at the Tamwoy Hall (Tuesday)

Horn Island

  • 5-11 years at the Horn Island PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Horn Island PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)

Badu Island

  • 5-11 years at the Horn Island PHCC (Tuesday to Thursday)

Darnley Island

  • 5-11 years at the Darnley Island PHCC (Thursday 8.30am to 5pm)
  • 12 years plus at the Darnley PHCC (Wednesday 1.30pm to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 11.30am)

Bamaga

  • 5-11 years at the Bamaga PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Bamaga PHCC (Tuesday)

Injinoo

  • 5-11 years at the Injinoo PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Bamaga PHCC (Tuesday)

Weipa

  • 5-11 years at the House on the Hill (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the House on the Hill (Tuesday)

Napranum

  • 5-11 years at the Napranum PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Napranum PHCC (Tuesday)

Mapoon

  • 5-11 years at the Mapoon PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Mapoon PHCC (Tuesday)

Cooktown

  • 5-11 years at the Lions Hall (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Lions Hall (Tuesday)

Hope Vale          

  • 5-11 years at the Hope Vale PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Hope Vale PHCC (Tuesday)

Wujal Wujal      

  • 5-11 years at the Wujal Wujal PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Wujal Wujal PHCC (Tuesday)

Coen

  • 5-11 years at the Coen PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Coen PHCC (Tuesday)

Aurukun

  • 5-11 years at the Aurukun PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Aurukun PHCC (Tuesday)

Lockhart River  

  • 5-11 years at the Lockhart River PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Lockhart River PHCC (Tuesday)

Kowanyama

  • 5-11 years at the Kowanyama PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Kowanyama PHCC (Tuesday)

Pormpuraaw

  • 5-11 years at the Pormpuraaw PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Pormpuraaw PHCC (Tuesday)

This week’s clinics and the ongoing vaccination clinic program can be accessed at COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule

To get the phone number of your nearest health facility, visit: www.health.qld.gov.au/services/torres-cape

Last updated: 16 February 2022