Cherbourg Mayor Elvie Sandow … urging residents to stay at home (Photo: CASC)

December 31, 2021

Mayor Elvie Sandow has urged residents to stay away from big gatherings as Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council confirms there are now at least 12 COVID-19 cases in the community.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council announced the new total in a statement on Friday morning and advised more cases were expected.

“The virus is spreading in our community,” the statement continued.

“It is really up to all of us now to do the right thing.

“Please limit your movements. Please stay at home. Only go to town for essential needs.

“Testing is happening at Cherbourg Hospital from 10:00am daily. Vaccinations at CRAICCHS from 8:30am daily.

“It is up to everyone to do the right thing now. Don’t be waiting for others to do it for you. We are all in this together.”

In a Facebook message, Mayor Sandow said she was very concerned.

“Please stay home. If you have any concerns, go and get tested,” she said.

“If you haven’t had the jab, please go and get it.

“Stay away from big gatherings.

“Please do this for our community Elders and our children.”

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Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said another 3118 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Queensland, taking the number of active cases to 11,697.

Speaking at the Friday morning media briefing, Dr Gerrard said there were 126 people in hospital with COVID, including one patient in intensive care.

Dr Gerrard said this patient was a man in his 50s with the Delta variant who was in a stable condition and not ventilated.

He said the man had been double-vaccinated which was a reminder that even if vaccinated, it was still possible to “get quite sick”, something which had always been known.

Dr Gerrard urged people to stay at home if they felt sick, and if they had any respiratory symptoms there was a good chance it would be COVID.

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