Mental health, drug and alcohol services and culturally appropriate health care will get a $28 million boost to help Queensland continue through the tough but necessary measures to tackle COVID-19.
There are 551 active cases, 442 recoveries and five deaths for a total of 998.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said home isolation which was so crucial in flattening the curve could result in some people needing extra support from community health services.
“So with the Health Minister we are allocating $28 million to help people with mental health issues or who are facing drug and alcohol issues,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We have a great non-government sector throughout Queensland that’s ready, willing and able to help people who are going through difficult times.
“I think now is a really good time to reach out to family and friends and say ‘Are you OK, how are you doing?’ And if someone is concerned it is not too hard to go and ask for help.”
- The Premier said 11 new cases was again good news, with community transmission still relatively low.
She said expanded testing for community transmission has seen only a handful of extra cases identified – up from 33 to 38 – but restrictions must continue.
“Again, a big thank you to Queenslanders for all the work flattening the curve.
“We are looking at six months and we will have to get very clear health advice about any easing of restrictions. We don’t want to give people false hope.”
- New: 11 Total: 998 Deaths: 5 Recovered: 442 Active: 551 Tests: 74,013
Most cases are patients who went overseas or contacted a patient who went overseas. Testing also continues for community transmission.