Mackay HHS has 452 new positive COVID-19 cases to make a total of 3458 active cases throughout the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday local government areas.
Of these 11 are in the COVID-19 Ward at Mackay Base Hospital and 38 are in Mackay Base Hospital Virtual Ward.
The Public Health Unit is working with a number of residential aged care facilities in our region with both residents and staff unwell.
We are seeing evidence of community transmission throughout the health service and people may be unaware that they are carrying and transmitting the virus.
Everyday activities can lead to exposure and subsequent transmission.
Both staff and patients have tested positive so please re-think your need to visit a loved one in aged care, even if you are feeling well.
We know that aged and frail people often have underlying health conditions and this make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
The amount of positive COVID-19 cases in our communities has not yet peaked so we can reasonably expect case numbers to increase.
People with COVID-19 symptoms should not visit and should be tested and isolate until you receive your result.
We continue to ask people to come forward for testing if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Please make sure you maintain social distancing, perform regular hand hygiene, monitor for symptoms and get tested if you develop any symptoms.
A total of 567 COVID-19 tests were done by Mackay HHS on 11 January 2022.
The data is a combination of PCR testing done by the Mackay HHS, by private pathology providers and home RAT results people have lodged at https://www.qld.gov.au/rat-positive
For case numbers by local government area see Queensland COVID-19 statistics | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)
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