Full figures show scope of Darling Downs’ Covid response

Darling Downs Health has tested the equivalent of three-quarters of Toowoomba’s population and quarantined enough people to fill Empire Theatre twice over since the pandemic started.

Raw numbers reveal the scale of Darling Downs Health’s COVID-19 response.

Since the Australia’s first case was confirmed on 25 January 2020, Queensland has recorded 1,793 cases. Of these, 57 have been recorded in the Darling Downs Health region, with 55 recovered and no active cases.

“Almost 80 per cent our cases have been acquired overseas, with a large portion of those detected in quarantine, and this is reflective in the Darling Downs region,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.

“And a significant amount of our locally-acquired cases were safely isolating while they were infectious, instead of risking the health of others in the community, which is a fantastic result.”

Sadly, the virus has claimed the lives of seven people in Queensland, including two in the Darling Downs region. Dr Young said the responsible actions of Queenslanders undoubtedly prevented more tragedies.

Darling Downs Health COVID-19 Incident Response Commander Annette Scott said she was exceptionally proud of the Darling Downs Health community.

“It has been good to see the people in our communities do the right thing,” she said.

“From social distancing, getting tested, staying home when unwell, to lining up for the vaccine.

“Every time we’ve put out the call to help stop the spread, our communities have listened. We really are all in this together.”

Dr Young said Queensland’s vaccine roll-out had progressed well given the nation’s issues sourcing supplies.

As of 29 July 2021, Darling Downs Health has administered 29,044 COVID-19 vaccinations, including 20,312 Pfizer doses and 8,732 AstraZeneca doses.

Darling Downs Health COVID-19 Incident Response Commander Annette Scott said that the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has had overwhelming community interest with one of our super clinics attracting almost 2000 people to be vaccinated across a weekend.

“Vaccines remain our best defence against COVID-19 and we have been prioritising those people who have a higher risk of exposure. We’ve had an influx of people registering to receive the vaccine and we would like to assure everyone, that your invite to book an appointment will be on its way once our priority groups have been vaccinated.

“Our frontline teams have worked incredibly hard to keep our communities safe during this pandemic, so please be patient and kind.”

As of 29 July 2021, Darling Downs Health has:

  • Completed 117,844 tests on 80,125 people
  • Had 30,041 people receive a quarantine notice
  • 28 females and 29 males tests positive to COVID-19
  • Age breakdown of COVID-19 cases:
    • 1 aged 0-9
    • 3 aged 10-19
    • 15 aged 20-29
    • 7 aged 30-39
    • 1 aged 40-49
    • 10 aged 50-59
    • 8 aged 60-69
    • 10 aged 70-79
    • 2 aged 80-89

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