Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard (Photo: Qld Health)

January 21, 2022

Queensland’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 85 following the announcement of the latest 13 deaths on Friday morning.

Two of the fatalities were in their 60s, five in their 70s, five in their 80s and one in their 90s.

Only one had received a booster shot.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said there were now 855 people in hospital being treated for COVID-19, including 54 in intensive care; 22 patients were on ventilators.

Dr Gerrard emphasised that if it were not for the “wholesale vaccination of Queenslanders”, these figures would be much higher.

“We would not be talking about 855 people in hospital; we would be talking about thousands of people in hospital,” he said.

“And almost certainly our hospital system would be overwhelmed by now.”

There are currently an estimated 86,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, with most being managed at home.

A reported 7460 cases have been recorded among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the pandemic began.

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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 recently throughout the local community.

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

These figures are current to 7:00pm on Wednesday (Jan 19) as the January 20 figures were not available:

  • South Burnett: 3 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 18 / 21 / 25 / 39 / 52 / 83 / 135 / 188 / 213 / 239 / 250 / 255 / 273 / 289 / 296 / 338 / 346 / 349 / 389 / 400 / 450
  • * Cherbourg:  – / – / – / 3 / 12 / 21 / 30 / 51 / 61 / 71 / 74 / 89 / 96 / 96 / 97 / 97 / 100 / 100 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 105 / 106
  • Toowoomba: 52 / 56 / 233 / 312 / 368 / 396 / 463 / 579 / 665 / 751 / 841 / 940 / 1141 / 1315 / 1405 / 1565 / 1870 / 1971 / 2119 / 2252 / 2446 / 2539 / 2733 / 2922 / 3247
  • Gympie: 7 / 6 / 23 / 26 / 38 / 43 / 48 / 68 / 82 / 104 / 144 / 169 / 222 / 243 / 270 / 304 / 355 / 393 / 425 / 478 / 526 /563 / 633 /685 / 786
  • North Burnett: 3 / 3 / 5 / 5 / 8 / 9 / 13 / 13 / 14 / 14 / 17 / 21 / 23 / 27 / 29 / 31 / 31 / 44 / 50 / 54 / 57 / 66 / 77 / 85 / 95
  • Somerset: 6 / 6 / 14 / 15 / 15 / 20 / 28 / 34 / 38 / 48 / 64 / 104 / 127 / 160 / 178 / 201 / 231 / 282 / 329 / 369 / 397 / 417 / 451 / 508 / 558
  • Western Downs: 3 / 3 / 16 / 18 / 23 / 30 / 36 / 48 / 52 / 60 / 89 / 114 / 140 / 203 / 216 / 248 / 301 / 357 / 401 / 412 / 435 / 457 / 464 / 504 / 568

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.

* Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council’s update on Thursday morning stated there have been four new cases in the community on Wednesday; 42 active cases and 158 people now considered recovered. This would take Cherbourg’s total since the Omicron wave began to 200. 

Numbers for all regions must also be considered underestimated. Not everyone who has tested positive using a Rapid Antigen Test has reported their result to Queensland Health. Also, the official statistics show 23,622 positive results (as at January 19) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area.

As at January 19, six deaths have occurred in the Darling Downs Health service region.

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