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COVID cases in the Torres and Cape region

21 February 2022

As at last night, there were 604 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 – 1
  • Badu Island – 7
  • Bamaga – 19
  • Boigu – 14
  • Coen – 23
  • Cooktown – 29
  • Erub (Darnley) Island – 1
  • Hammond Island – 7
  • Hope Vale – 10
  • Horn Island – 32
  • Injinoo – 6
  • Kowanyama – 14
  • Lockhart River – 9
  • Mapoon – 16
  • Napranum – 64
  • New Mapoon – 7
  • Pormpuraaw – 67
  • Saibai Island – 20
  • Seisia – 15
  • Thursday Island – 81
  • Umagico – 10
  • Warraber Island – 9
  • Weipa – 123
  • Wujal Wujal – 20

There are currently no hospitalisations.

All 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 2958 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.

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 6305 booster vaccinations across the region, which represents about 63.5 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.

New data also shows you are 20 times LESS likely to die of COVID if you have had your booster.

We are also delivering vaccinations for children aged 5-11 years and, to date, have delivered 1540 vaccinations to this age group, which represents about 46.7 per cent of eligible children.

But we would like to see this percentage increase, so I urge parents to please bring their children in for the vaccination.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and has been fully approved and recommended for people aged 5 years and older.

We’ve seen in other areas of Australia and around the world that children are more susceptible to the emerging strains of COVID-19.

Like adults, some children who get COVID-19 will be asymptomatic.

However, there are children who have become seriously ill and needed hospitalisation after contracting COVID-19.

For children, a significant risk of contracting COVID-19 is a long-term inflammatory syndrome, which affects about one in every 3000 children, and can cause illnesses such as fever, rash, and intestinal, heart, and neurological issues long after their recovery from COVID-19.

Vaccinating children also helps the community, as we’ve seen that children can play a significant role in spreading COVID-19 in family environments – with grandparents and other older family members being a significant concern.

Vaccination can reduce the risk that your child will spread COVID-19 to others.

There are many people in our community who are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

The more people who choose to get vaccinated, the great protection is offered to our wole community.

Remember, 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.

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 (21-25 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)
Hammond Island
  • 5-11 years and 12 years plus at the Hammond Community Hall (Thursday)
Bamaga
  • 5-11 years at the Bamaga PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Bamaga PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)

Weipa
  • 5-11 years at the House on the Hill (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the House on the Hill (Wednesday to Thursday)
Napranum
  • 5-11 years at the Napranum PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Napranum PHCC (Monday)
Mapoon
  • 5-11 years at the Mapoon PHCC (Thursday)
  • 12 years plus at the Mapoon PHCC (Wednesday)
Cooktown
  • 5-11 years at the Lions Hall (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Lions Hall (Wednesday to Thursday)
Hope Vale
  • 5-11 years at the Hope Vale PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Hope Vale PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
Wujal Wujal
  • 5-11 years at the Wujal Wujal PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Wujal Wujal PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)
Coen
  • 5-11 years at the Coen PHCC (Tuesday)
  • 12 years plus at the Coen PHCC (Wednesday to Thursday)

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

The rolling 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: 21 February 2022