April 29, 2022

The contact tracing team that has helped keep Queenslanders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic wound up on Friday.

The QTrace Central Contact Tracing Hub was established more than 15 months ago as part of the State’s pandemic response.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr James Smith said hundreds of contributors from many government agencies worked at the hub which was instrumental in keeping Queenslanders safe through contact tracing.

“For the first two years of this pandemic, we focused entirely on stopping COVID-19 from spreading in Queensland,” Dr Smith said.

“The QTrace team has been a crucial cog in that process, delivering a vital contact tracing service.

“They ensured close contacts were quickly quarantined, reducing the risk of community transmission, and took pressure off local public health units.

“QTrace supported the efforts of public health units to keep COVID-19 numbers low until over 90 per cent of the State’s adult population was vaccinated and we could lift restrictions.”

Dr Smith said contact tracing efforts were now more focused on outbreaks in high-risk settings including residential aged care facilities and following up cases in which new variants of concern were detected.

“This work is being managed by Queensland’s public health units, meaning QTrace staff can now return to their usual roles,” Dr Smith said.

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The death toll from COVID-19 in the Darling Downs Health region has risen to 29 with another fatality reported on Thursday.

Eight of these deaths occurred in April.

Another six deaths across Queensland were announced on Friday morning, taking the toll since the pandemic began to 863. All but seven of these deaths have occurred since the borders were reopened on December 13, including 117 this month.

There are currently 492 people bring treated for COVID-19 in Queensland hospitals, including 11 in intensive care units.

Across Australia, the COVID-19 death toll stands at 7163, with an estimated 47,430 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. There are 3284 people being treated for COVID-19 in Australian hospitals, including 149 in ICU and 38 on ventilators.

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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 Thursday (April 28):

  • 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 / 738 / 745 / 761 / 765 / 775 / 776 / 780 / 790 / 803 / 819 / 823 / 828 / 838 / 841 / 848 / 852 / 853 / 858 / 858 / 858 / 859 / 863 / 873 / 873 / 878 / 878 / 882 / 885 / 885 / 889 / 894 / 895 / 895 / 895 / 897 / 900 / 902 / 905 / 908 / 909 / 910 / 911 / 913 / 915 / 923 / 928 / 933 / 936 / 940 / 942 / 952 / 972 / 978 / 979 / 983 / 985 / 987 / 988 / 1002 / 1006 / 1008 / 1010 / 1011 / 1021 / 1030 / 1031 / 1036 / 1036 / 1037 / 1037 / 1041 / 1051 / 1059 / 1067 / 1067 / 1068 / 1068 / 1079 / 1081 / 1086
  • * 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 / 170 / 177 / 182 / 185 / 185 / 185 / 188 / 188 / 188 / 188 / 192 / 192 / 192 / 194 / 200 / 203 / 203 / 205 / 205 / 205 / 205 / 205 / 205 / 206 / 206 / 206 / 206 / 206 / 206 / 206 / 206 /  206 / 207 / 207 / 207 / 208 / 208 / 209 / 209 / 209 / 208 / 208 / 213 / 213 / 213 / 214 / 214 / 214 / 214 / 214 / 217 / 220 / 221 / 221 / 221 / 224 / 224 / 225 / 225 / 225 / 225 / 225 / 228 / 228 / 237 / 236 / 237 / 237 / 237 / 238 / 246 / 256 / 261 / 261 / 261 / 261 / 261 / 262 / 269 / 272
  • 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 / 4560 / 4600 / 4630 / 4641 / 4695 / 4706 / 4720 / 4765 / 4784 / 4882 / 4958 / 4983 / 5003 / 5042 / 5067 / 5092 / 5128 / 5145 / 5153 / 5166 / 5167 / 5209 / 5258 / 5268 / 5302 / 5324 / 5341 / 5358 / 5395 / 5430 / 5454 / 5469 / 5498 / 5510 / 5533 / 5566 / 5620 / 5657 / 5692 / 5707 / 5719 / 5737 / 5808 / 5864 / 5929 / 5966 / 6006 / 6050 / 6135 / 6226 / 6293 / 6371 / 6428 / 6485 / 6537 / 6622 / 6695 / 6804 / 6890 / 6966 / 7039 / 7084 / 7131 / 7217 / 7290 / 7363 / 7403 / 7428 / 7452 / 7499 / 7634 / 7704 / 7806 / 7838 / 7884 / 7920 / 7958 / 8002 / 8078 / 8159
  • 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 / 1360 / 1387 / 1414 / 1427 / 1479 / 1480 / 1494 / 1548 / 1573 / 1613 / 1642 / 1655 / 1669 / 1685 / 1716 / 1739 / 1755 / 1768 / 1771 / 1771 / 1776 / 1776 / 1804 / 1816 / 1821 / 1826 / 1831 / 1833 / 1838 / 1846 / 1852 / 1854 / 1855 / 1856 / 1868 / 1888 / 1895 / 1907 / 1920 / 1932 / 1943 / 1968 / 1999 / 2016 / 2035 / 2045 / 2054 / 2063 / 2100 / 2117 / 2147 / 2167 / 2189 / 2206 / 2228 / 2248 / 2287 / 2306 / 2328 / 2349 / 2361 / 2379 / 2402 / 2433 / 2456 / 2475 / 2488 / 2493 / 2505 / 2523 / 2551 / 2581 / 2600 / 2620 / 2632 / 2641 / 2653 / 2683 / 2701
  • 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 / 199 / 202 / 206 / 206 / 211 / 212 / 213 / 215 / 216 / 217 / 221 / 223 / 224 / 225 / 226 / 229 / 229 / 231 / 231 / 231 / 231 / 231 / 233 / 234 / 236 / 237 / 238 / 240 / 240 / 244 / 247 / 248 / 251 / 253 / 255 / 260 / 263 / 265 / 270 / 273 / 278 / 279 / 287 / 290 / 295 / 296 / 300 / 301 / 302 / 305 / 307 / 308 / 309 / 314 / 315 / 315 / 320 / 324 / 326 / 329 / 331 / 340 / 340 / 346 / 356 / 360 / 363 / 363 / 367 / 368 / 368 / 369 / 372 / 375 / 378 / 380 / 381 / 382 / 385 / 386
  • 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 / 942 / 946 / 950 / 953 / 965 / 971 / 973 / 984 / 987 / 994 / 1004 / 1010 / 1014 / 1019 / 1021 / 1026 / 1029 / 1038 / 1042 / 1042 / 1042 / 1043 / 1043 / 1044 / 1045 / 1045 / 1046 / 1046 / 1046 / 1049 / 1049 / 1050 / 1055 / 1057 / 1058 / 1059 / 1065 / 1072 / 1081 / 1085 / 1088 / 1095 / 1100 / 1105 / 1108 / 1114 / 1118 / 1121 / 1133 / 1143 / 1149 / 1163 / 1168 / 1179 / 1181 / 1185 / 1205 / 1211 / 1224 / 1234 / 1243 / 1243 / 1245 / 1252 / 1262 / 1266 / 1269 / 1269 / 1271 / 1271 / 1273 / 1285 / 1297 / 1304 / 1307 / 1307 / 1308 / 1322 / 1337 / 1342
  • 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 / 826 / 828 / 831 / 832 / 839 / 839 / 839 / 843 / 848 / 849 / 855 / 857 / 860 / 864 / 868 / 877 / 880 / 884 / 886 / 887 / 888 / 894 / 895 / 899 / 904 / 904 / 907 / 910 / 918 / 933 / 939 / 946 / 954 / 956 / 963 / 968 / 978 / 983 / 991 / 994 / 995 / 998 / 1001 / 1004 / 1011 / 1018 / 1022 / 2026 / 2028 / 1035 / 1044 / 1046 / 1054 / 1057 / 1059 / 1060 / 1064 / 1075 / 1080 / 1082 / 1083 / 1083 / 1088 / 1092 / 1097 / 1102 / 1104 / 1106 / 1107 / 1108 / 1113 / 1115 / 1116 / 1118 / 1119 / 1119 / 1121 / 1122 / 1124 / 1127

* On April 27, Cherbourg Council reported there were now 25 active cases in the community.

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. Not everyone who has had a mild dose of the disease has been tested. Also, the official statistics show 510,336 positive results (as at April 28) which have not been allocated to a Local Government Area since the pandemic began.


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