18 July, 2021
Hamilton Island on COVID alert
A Group of visitors identified as having traveled from Victorian hotspot to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, as Queenslanders urged to ‘consider the need’ to leave the state in light of new ‘Delta’ strain outbreak.
Hamilton Island is on COVID alert after a group of visitors were identified by Queensland Health officials to be on the island after coming from a Covid-19 hotspot in Victoria.
Meanwhile, in an update yesterday, Queenslanders who have left Victoria the past 14 days are being urged to check the list of interstate exposure venues now.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said as COVID cases increased outside of Greater Melbourne, particularly on Phillip Island, Queenslanders should be on the front foot checking the website every day.
“The Delta variant is a particular concern – we can see it’s spread has been rapid between linked cases, and with hundreds of interstate exposure venues currently listed, it’s critical that anyone who’s been interstate is checking the website daily.
“We’ve always asked people to check the website, and we’ve had a specific requirement attached to the travel declaration to check the website for 14 days since arriving back in Queensland.
"But we'll be clarifying in our public health directions that we need people to do it every 24 hours.
"Interstate arrivals should also expect to receive an SMS reminder about checking the site."
“Pick a time of the day that you’re going to check the website, set yourself a reminder. Anyone who has been interstate in the past 14 days will be required to check the Queensland Health contact tracing site every 24 hours.”
“We are asking all Queenslanders to monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice.
Interstate exposure venues are listed on Queensland Health’s contact tracing website at www.health.qld.gov.au/tracing.
Dr Young said Queenslanders are urged to reconsider the need to leave Queensland right now.
“The New South Wales outbreak is very concerning and we’ve declared Victoria a hotspot,” she said.
“And I’d like all Queenslanders to strongly consider their need to leave the state right now – particularly anyone over the age of 70 who is not vaccinated, now is not the time to leave Queensland.
Dr Young said there were also new Queensland contact tracing sites, which have been added to the website.
“And please, anyone in Queensland right now that has any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, immediately get tested.”
Dr Young also issued a reminder to those who can be vaccinated to register for an appointment.
“Anyone aged 60 or older who isn’t already vaccinated should visit their GP as soon as possible to have your first dose of AstraZeneca,” she said.
“And anyone of any age who has already had a dose of AstraZeneca should book to get their second dose at or close to 12 weeks after the first.
“Everyone else who can be vaccinated should register for an appointment.”