COVID cases in the Torres and Cape region
4 January 2022
We have 58 ACTIVE COVID-19 cases within the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region as at 3 pm today (Tuesday 4 January).
This is 24 more than yesterday’s active cases total (24).
Active cases today are located at:
- Weipa – 17
- Thursday Island – 14
- Lakeland – 12
- Cooktown – 8
- Bamaga – 3
- Rossville – 2
- Lockhart River – 1
- Saibai Island – 1
All active cases are being managed at home. All identified close contacts also are being managed appropriately. No further details will be provided due to confidentiality.
We are urging people to re-think their need to be out and about in the community.
Before going to visit someone who is vulnerable or attending a crowded venue, you should think carefully about the risk posed to yourself and to others.
The best thing people can do to protect themselves is to ensure they are fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine and that they have their booster dose when it comes due.
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.
Also wear masks as directed, practice social distancing and good hygiene, including frequent washing of hands with sanitiser and get tested if you have symptoms.
You should always get tested if you have symptoms, no matter how mild.
Symptoms include: Fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea or lack of taste or smell.
If you have symptoms, testing is available at all our facilities in the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region.
- The Thursday Island Hospital fever clinic is operating from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.
- In Weipa, testing is available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at the fever clinic at Weipa Integrated Health Service. Please phone 4082 3611 in advance to register.
- In Cooktown, if you have any symptoms, testing is available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service. Please phone the hospital in advance to register.
COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinics currently also are available daily at:
- Torres Health Building in Douglas from 9 am to 4 pm.
- Weipa Integrated Health Service from 10 am to 4 pm
- Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service at the Community Health Building from 1 pm to 4 pm.
- Bamaga Primary Healthcare Centre from 9 am to 12 midday.
- Northern Peninsula Area Family and Community Services at Injinoo from 9 am to 4 pm.
The broader Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service COVID-19 vaccination clinic program will restart formally right across the region from 10 January.
For vaccination dates and locations, please visit the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service website and Facebook page.
We will continue delivering booster vaccinations to those who have completed their primary course of vaccination, as well as offering first and second doses to those who are still unvaccinated or have had only one dose.
The vaccination clinics also will be offering COVID–19 vaccinations to children aged from five to 11 years, in line with national recommendations.
The dose is one-third of the dose approved for those aged 12 and over and should be administered in two doses at least 8 weeks apart.
For good information about how to prepare and what to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact, please visit the Queensland Government “COVID Ready” and the “I have COVID-19” websites:
Some other useful links:
- Walk-ins are welcome at all Torres Strait, Cape York, and Northern Peninsula Area vaccination clinics. But you can also book in if you wish by phoning: (07) 3497 3442 from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
- The latest Torres and Cape vaccination rollout date and location schedule is available at: COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule | Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service | Queensland Health
- For more information about the Torres and Cape HHS vaccination program: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/torres-cape/html/covid-19-vaccine-rollout