Cairns Covid: Health stats reveal Omicron’s spread across FNQ

Cairns Covid: Health stats reveal Omicron’s spread across FNQ

The independent tracking site based on offical data, Covid Live, reported the Cairns region recorded 543 new cases on January 15. Meanwhile, Queensland Health reported that as of January 14, 8,948 positive cases have been reported in the Cairns region with 177 tagged as active.Today’s figures come as interstate travellers are once again allowed into Queensland without restriction.From 1am this morning, anyone entering Queensland no longer needs to show a border pass or a negative rapid antigen test result as the state marches towards 90 per cent double dose.However, it seems that Cairns residents are getting the message about how important vaccination is to caring fro family and community. On Saturday, Queensland chief health officer Dr John Gerrard confirmed the sunshine state recorded 19,709 Covid cases overnight and six more deaths. Dr Gerrard said the number of hospitalisations had grown by 10 per cent in recent days.“There is a good chance this is the start of our final surge … before we reach our peak,” Dr Gerrard said.“Now as we are approaching the peak, if you have flu like symptoms it is likely you have Covid-19.”When it comes people aged over 16 years being fully vaccinated, with 90.1 per cent of Cairns residents having had both jabs, they are batting below the state average of 91.48 per cent while nationally 92.5 per cent of people have rolled up their sleeves twice.Earlier this week, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service infectious diseases expert Dr Simon Smith revealed that every single one his unvaccinated patients being treated for Covid had said they wished they had taken the jabAt Yarrabah a community of around 4,000 people around a 51km drive south of Cairns, the Gurriny Yealamucka Aborginal Health Corporation was urging the community via social media to get vaccinated if they had not already done so.Vaccination efforts in recent months has seen the double vaccination rate climb from modest levels to where it sits currently in at more than 75 per cent.The town saw Covid positive case numbers jump from 17 to 75 earlier this week.“We need to slow the spread of Covid through our community and keep all our community members safe”, the health service posted on social media. “Please stay at home, keep the group size small in your home, wear masks when outside your house, wash your hands regularly and do not have visitors.”To find your nearest COVID-19 vaccination location click here.Cairns Post where to get [email protected]news.com.au
News source https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/cairns/cairns-records-more-than-540-new-covid-cases-overnight/news-story/7fa2e56fb63b095e54ac0e4994592daa

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