January 11, 2022

Reported new cases of COVID in the South Burnett and Cherbourg regions appear to be slowing, with just three announced by Cherbourg Council on Tuesday.

This would take the number of cases in the community to 100 since the latest wave of the pandemic hit the town on December 30.

The latest official figures for the South Burnett have also slowed, with just five more positive cases added to the tally up until 7:00pm on Monday night.

However, health officials are urging residents who have not been vaccinated to do so immediately, and those eligible for their second shot or booster not to delay.

Vaccination clinic are running at CRAICCHS in Cherbourg from 8:30am to 4:00pm on weekdays.

In Kingaroy, a walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinic is at Kingaroy Town Hall for the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday, January 12, from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, January 13, from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday, January 14, from 8:00am to noon

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The Omicron wave has led to the postponement of a couple of local events:

  • The Burnett Bands Together free community music event, which was to be held in the Kingaroy Town Hall Forecourt on January 15, has been postponed to a date to be fixed later this year.
  • The Kingaroy Men’s Shed’s planned Dinner Under The Stars has been shifted from February 26 to April 9.
  • The Disability & Mental Health Expo, which was to be held in Murgon on March 27, has been postponed to a date to be fixed. However, the art exhibition will go ahead as planned. 

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southburnett.com.au has been keeping track of some basic statistics for local Council areas since the re-opening of the State border on December 13.

These statistics, from Queensland Health, show the total number of confirmed positive cases per Local Government Area since the pandemic began in January 2020.

They are NOT the total of current ACTIVE cases but demonstrate how the virus has spread quickly throughout the local community.

We took snapshots on Dec 13, Dec 21 and daily since December 29.

The latest figures are current to 7:00pm on Monday (Jan 10):

  • South Burnett: 3 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 18 / 21 / 25 / 39 / 52 / 83 / 135 / 188 / 213 / 239 / 250 / 255
  • Cherbourg:  – / – / – / 3 / 12 / 21 / 30 / 51 / 61 / 71 / 74 / 89 / 96 / 96 / 97 / 97
  • Toowoomba: 52 / 56 / 233 / 312 / 368 / 396 / 463 / 579 / 665 / 751 / 841 / 940 / 1141 / 1315 / 1405 / 1565
  • Gympie: 7 / 6 / 23 / 26 / 38 / 43 / 48 / 68 / 82 / 104 / 144 / 169 / 222 / 243 / 270 / 304
  • North Burnett: 3 / 3 / 5 / 5 / 8 / 9 / 13 / 13 / 14 / 14 / 17 / 21 / 23 / 27 / 29 / 31
  • Somerset: 6 / 6 / 14 / 15 / 15 / 20 / 28 / 34 / 38 / 48 / 64 / 104 / 127 / 160 / 178 / 201
  • Western Downs: 3 / 3 / 16 / 18 / 23 / 30 / 36 / 48 / 52 / 60 / 89 / 114 / 140 / 203 / 216 / 248

NB. Data is reported by Queensland Health daily but can vary over time due to case reviews. When we took the first snapshots, Cherbourg LGA had not been added to the list by Qld Health as no cases had been recorded there. From December 31, data is current to 7:00pm the previous day.

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Queensland recorded new 20,566 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a large number which also included cases from the previous reporting period which were not added on Monday due to a software issue.

There was also one more death announced – a man in his 70s – which takes Queensland’s COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began to 11; four of these deaths have occurred in the past few weeks.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said there were 27 patients in intensive care, including five adults and one child on ventilators.

There are 502 people being treated for COVID in hospital, including 12 children in the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Queensland Health statistics show there are currently 109,524 active COVID-19 cases in the State.

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