February 8, 2022

Darling Downs Health has announced a change to the COVID-19 testing hours at Kingaroy Hospital.

From next Monday (February 14), the site will be open from 9:00am to noon, seven days a week, including public holidays.

Previously testing had been available from 7:30am to 1:30pm on weekdays.

A spokesperson said testing helped to find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible and reduce COVID-19’s spread.

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The COVID-19 toll in Queensland has now passed 300 with another 12 cases announced by Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard on Tuesday morning.

A total of 308 people have now died with COVID in the State, with more than 300 deaths occurring since December 13.

One of the latest deaths is believed to have occurred in the Darling Downs Health region, where the death tally now stands at 12.

Dr Gerrard said 663 people were being treated for COVID in public hospitals, including 42 patients in ICU with 22 on ventilators.

Another 42 people were being cared for in private hospitals, including three in intensive care.

Dr Gerrard said 9 per cent of the 160 people who have died in aged care had received booster shots.

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Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced that 11 First Nations people had died with COVID-19 since the borders re-opened on December 13.

There were no Indigenous COVID deaths recorded before this date.

Minister D’Ath said 16,256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been recorded among First Nations people since the pandemic began, although this figure could be underestimated.

“I think the statistics of 11 out of what we have recorded at the moment – we know our actual cases are far greater than what’s reported – is 16,256 First Nations people being positive and only 11 deaths so far,” she said.

“Those 11 deaths obviously are tragic but I am pleased to see that we are not seeing a disproportionate number of First Nations people passing away from this virus at the current time.

“But we are still seeing low vaccination rates in some of our First Nations communities, so I encourage again our First Nations people to come forward.”

On Tuesday, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council confirmed three new cases in the community, taking active cases to about 23; there have been 280 confirmed cases of  COVID-19 among Cherbourg residents since December 29.

Footnote: On December 13, the official recorded number of positive cases among all First Nations people across Queensland was 28.

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Minister D’Ath also announced the latest Queensland vaccination figures:

  • 92.19% – First Dose (16 years and over)
  • 89.97% – Second Dose (16 years and over)
  • 58.51% – Booster shot (eligible population)
  • 68.79% – 12 to 15-year-olds (two doses)
  • 39.46% – 5 to 11-year-olds

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Queensland Health statistics show that officially 462,701 people in the State (as at February 7) have had confirmed COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.

However, health officials know the actual figures are much higher, as some people with symptoms are not getting tested; some people using RAT tests are not reporting positive results to Queensland Health, and other people are asymptomatic.

The total number of confirmed cases on December 13, when the Queensland border re-opened, was 2176.

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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 Monday (Feb 7):

  • 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 / 560 / 604 / 625 / 640 / 651 / 661 / 695 / 706 / 714 / 720 / 729 / 733
  • * 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 / 128 / 133 / 133 / 133 / 145 / 145 / 164 / 167 / 167 / 167  / 167 / 170
  • 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 / 3846 / 3953 / 4008 / 4054 / 4109 / 4208 / 4292 / 4361 / 4428 / 4459 / 4487 / 4506
  • 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 / 1033 / 1076 / 1111 / 1123 / 1147 / 1189 / 1232 / 1259 / 1285 / 1307 / 1310 / 1325
  • 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 / 181 / 184 / 190 / 191 / 192 / 193 / 194 / 194
  • 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 / 752 / 773 / 798 / 811 / 825 / 850 / 865 / 881 / 912 / 918 / 929
  • 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 / 706 / 725 / 735 / 750 / 758 / 770 / 784 / 795 / 815 / 815 / 822

* On February 8, Cherbourg Council reported three new cases, taking the number of active cases to about 23 and the total number of cases to 280.

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 162,440 positive results (as at February 7) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area.

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