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

January 28, 2022

Queensland passed two COVID-19 milestones on Friday: it’s exactly two years since the first case of the “novel coronavirus” was detected in the State; the second is more tragic – the most deaths recorded in a 24-hour period.

Speaking at Friday morning’s media conference, Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said 18 people had died in Queensland during the latest reporting period, including a 30-year-old who was not vaccinated.

Six of the people who died were unvaccinated, nine had received two doses and three had received a booster shot.

Twelve of the latest deaths were aged care residents and two are believed to have occurred in the Darling Downs Health Service region.

Queensland’s death toll since the pandemic began is now 171, with 164 of these deaths occurring since the borders opened on December 13.

Ten COVID deaths have been recorded in the Darling Downs Health region since the pandemic began, including seven during the latest Omicron wave.

There are 818 people currently being treated for COVID in Queensland hospitals, including 54 patients in intensive care.

A total of 9974 new cases were reported on Friday morning, taking the estimated number of active cases in Queensland at present to 66,068, although health officials believe this figure could be vastly underestimated.

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There was some good news from Cherbourg on Thursday afternoon with no new cases being reported by Council.

There are currently 28 active cases in the community with 206 people now recovered. This takes Cherbourg’s total since the Omicron wave began to 234.

Three residents are currently being treated in Toowoomba Hospital.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 11,714 cases of COVID-19 have occurred across Queensland in people who identity as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. No death toll has been released.

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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 26):

  • 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 / 450 / 463 / 480 / 500 / 511 / 531 / 556
  • * Cherbourg:  – / – / – / 3 / 12 / 21 / 30 / 51 / 61 / 71 / 74 / 89 / 96 / 96 / 97 / 97 / 100 / 100 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 104 / 105 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 106 / 110 / 127 / 127
  • 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 / 3247 / 3361 / 3437 / 3505 / 3608 / 3665 / 3773
  • 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 / 786 / 851 / 887 / 923 / 941 / 988 /1016
  • 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 / 95 / 99 / 107 / 112 / 150 / 150 / 155
  • 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 / 558 / 597 / 628 / 644 / 665 / 701 / 734
  • 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 / 568 / 596 / 632 / 639 / 655 / 676 / 695

* Cherbourg statistics – See Council information, above.

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. 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 119,673 positive results (as at January 26) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area.

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One Response to "Qld Passes COVID Milestones"

  1. I just wish that we all remember that the deaths reported so starkly and simply are the deaths of grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters! Not statistics, age groups or vaccinated/unvaccinated.

    Yes, many might have been at the end of their lives but they all had every right to expect a gentle passing with their loved ones at the bedside – not alone in a scary ICU with masked up strangers who are overstretched and themselves suffering stress and trauma.

    It’s not good enough to write off people in this manner, nor is a cursory “offer our condolences” by the various officials. There must be a better way of honouring these lives – the various government spin doctors might be put to use to find it!

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