The Queensland Government has released new figures showing the huge toll the COVID crisis has had on our frontline health services.
The Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service has tested the equivalent of Coolangatta’s population every week and quarantined enough people to fill Metricon Stadium 1.3 times over since the pandemic started.
A whopping 428,749 tests have been conducted on 233,165 people in our city and had 34,022 people receive a quarantine notice.
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281 positive cases have been recorded on the Gold Coast.
Seven people have lost their lives in Queensland including one person on the Coast.
“Around 80 per cent of Queensland’s cases have been acquired overseas, with a large portion detected in quarantine,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said.
“And the majority of our locally-acquired cases were safely isolating while they were infectious, instead of risking the health of others in the community.”
CEO of Gold Coast Health, Ron Calvert, said the isolation facilities at Gold Coast University Hospital had served the community well.
“This hospital was designed with negative-pressure isolation rooms on dedicated wards and the emergency department,” Mr Calvert said.
“We have been well-equipped to treat not only Gold Coasters but patients from other parts of Queensland and Papua New Guinea.”
Dr Young said Queensland’s vaccine roll-out had progressed well given the nation’s issues sourcing supplies.
98,659 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered on the Gold Coast as of July 29 including 94,296 Pfizer doses and 4,363 AstraZeneca doses.
“I applaud the enthusiasm and willingness of Gold Coasters to get vaccinated,” Mr Calvert said.
“We delivered Queensland’s first vaccination here and our new vaccination hub at Broadbeach is working to a full appointment schedule to keep the Gold Coast community safe.”