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    Yesterday’s 2 local cases reclassified as ‘false positives’; Pause on interstate hotspot arrivals; Webinar on RACF vaccination; Interstate and NZ updates; Updated Public Health Directions; 

    Current COVID-19 situation in Queensland

    Case data

    • 0 new overseas acquired cases
    • 0 new locally acquired cases
    • 37 active cases
    • 1,970 total cases
    • To date, there have been 7 deaths 
    • 12,760 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

    Vaccination data

    • 21,105 vaccine doses administered in the past 24 hours
    • 1,247,482 total doses administered by Queensland Health.
    National data

    UPDATE – Situation in Queensland

    The two truck drivers, who were thought to have COVID-19 yesterday, are no longer considered cases after further testing. Both cases were initially reported by New South Wales as part of the routine national surveillance program.

    NEW – Pause on interstate hotspot arrivals into Queensland

    The Queensland Government this morning announced an immediate pause on interstate hotspot arrivals into Queensland’s hotel quarantine.

    From 12pm (midday) AEST 25 August until 12pm (midday) AEST 8 September, Queensland residents and those intending to relocate to Queensland who have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter), will not be allowed to enter Queensland, without an exemption.

    Queensland’s hotel quarantine system is at capacity with 5,114 people in 22 quarantine hotels (3,257 from interstate and 1,857 from overseas) reported yesterday.

    Following the pause detailed abvove, new arrivals and Queensland residents will have to reapply for a border pass and book into a quarantine hotel. More information will be made available in the ‘next few days’.

    NEW- COVID-19 webinar for residential aged care workers in Queensland 

    All residential aged care workers in Queensland are invited to a special live webinar this Friday 27 August from 2.00pm  - 3.00pm AEST.

    This webinar is for Queensland residential aged care workers to get information about COVID19 vaccines and vaccine safety, find out how to access a priority COVID-19 vaccination and to understand more about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and how it will be applied from 17 September 2021. 

    The main purpose of the webinar is to answer questions residential aged care workers might have on COVID-19 vaccination and on the QLD public health order on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in residential aged care, which was released on 17 August.

    The host will be Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM and panellists include: 

    • Dr James Smith, Deputy Chief Health Officer 
    • David Harmer, Senior Director, Social Policy and Legislation Branch, QLD Health 
    • Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health
    • Kate Veach, Assistant Secretary, Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU)
    • Paul Mitchell, Acting Professional Officer, Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU)
    • Lauren Palmer, National Research & Policy Officer, Health Services Union (HSU)

    Panellists will cover topics such as: 

    • why it is so important to get vaccinated against COVID-19 
    • how workers can access priority Pfizer vaccinations ahead of the 17 September deadline 
    • how workers will be supported to be vaccinated by their workplace and government
    • some of reasons workers might feel hesitant about getting vaccinated and how they can feel more assured
    • how mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will apply in the state of Queensland.

    Participants can submit questions to VacTaskForceAgedCare_Comms@Health.gov.au any time

    When:  Friday 27 August 2021

    Time:   The webinar will start promptly at 2.00pm  - 3.00pm AEST 

    Join from the event link: https://health-au.webex.com/health-au/j.php?MTID=m4ef94c610ba0cead9c98c7f0f6eb1462 

    Join by phone: (02) 9338 2221 Australia Toll

    All residential aged care facilities are asked to circulate information on the webinar to all workers (including all full time and casual workers, contractors, volunteers engaged by facilities and students on placement) and to encourage attendance – particularly by those who are yet to receive their vaccination.

    UPDATED – Situation in NSW

    In the past 24 hours to 8pm last night in New South Wales:    

    • 2 new overseas acquired cases
    • 919 new locally-acquired cases 
    • To date, there have been 76 deaths associated with the current outbreak and a total of 132 deaths in NSW from confirmed cases
    • 20,266 total cases including 14,673 cases in the current cluster
    • 149,252 tests in the past 24 hours 
    • 45,073 vaccine doses administered by NSW Health 
    • 2,252,785 total doses administered by NSW Health. 

    Of the 919 new locally-acquired cases:

    • 178 are linked to a known case or cluster – 153 are household contacts and 25 are close contacts
    • the source of infection for 741 is under investigation
    • 106 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 18 were in isolation for part of their infectious period
    • 37 cases were infectious in the community
    • the isolation status of 758 cases remains under investigation.

    There are currently 645 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 113 people in intensive care, 40 of whom require ventilation. Of those in ICUs, 98 are unvaccinated and only one is fully vaccinated.

    The state also recorded two new deaths, a woman in her 30s in Sydney's west which was announced yesterday and a man in his 80s from Sydney's north. The woman’s death is being investigated by the coroner. The man was fully vaccinated but had serious underlying health conditions, acquired his infection at Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst and is the third death linked to this cluster.

    UPDATED – Situation in VIC

    In the past 24 hours to midnight in Victoria:

    • 0 new overseas acquired cases
    • 45 new locally-acquired cases
    • 538 active cases
    • 36 people in hospital including nine in ICU (seven require ventilation)
    • 53,321 test results received
    • 31,629 vaccine doses administered
    • 2,219,890 total doses administered. 

    Of the 45 new locally-acquired cases:

    • 36 are linked to known outbreaks 
    • 17 have been in isolation throughout their entire infectious period 
    • the source of infection for 9 is under investigation

    Of the current 538 cases in Victoria, 114 are aged under nine, 101 are between 10-19 and 89 are in their 20s.

    From 7am this morning Victorians aged 16-39 became eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

    NEW – Situation in the Australian Capital Territory

    The ACT has recorded nine new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the territory’s outbreak to 176.

    Only three of the new cases were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.

    Eight of the new cases are linked to other known cases or exposure sites.

    Seven people with the virus are in hospital, with one in ICU (critical condition).

    UPDATED – Situation in New Zealand

    • 62 new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total number of cases in the Auckland cluster to 210
    • The majority of case links are from households and workplaces.
    • Six sub-clusters have been identified, with 105 cases now associated with a Samoan church.
    • 12 people are in hospital (none in ICU).

    UPDATED- Public Health Directions

    From 1.30pm Tuesday 24 August 2021, the Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction revokes and replaces the Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans and International Quarantine Plans Direction (No. 2).  

    From 1.00pm Tuesday 24 August 2021, the Restrictions on Businesses Direction (No.26) revokes and replaces the Restrictions on Businesses Direction (No.25).

    The updated Direction:

    • expands the Check In Qld app requirements to taxis, rideshares and limousines under schedule 1C. 
    • updates references to the Seasonal Workers International Quarantine Plans and Checklist Direction

    For the Check In Qld app change, the Direction includes a transitional period from the date of publication until 1am Monday, 30 August 2021.

    See more about the direction in the currently impacted Local Government Areas.

    Please remember:

    • If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting or nausea, loss of smell and/or taste) please get tested and stay at home until your test returns a negative result.
    • To regularly wash your hands and disinfect your phone.
    • To maintain physical distancing especially at work.
    • Recent reports indicate the relative effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine against symptomatic infection is up to 90% after two doses spaced 12 weeks apart.
    • There are emerging reports that suggest those who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine are less likely to transmit the virus to others.
    • Global evidence indicates adults under the age of 60 years have a potentially higher risk of TTS/VITT following AstraZeneca vaccination than those aged 60 years and over.
    • UK data suggest that the risk of VITT/TTS is much lower with a second dose.
    • For people aged 60 years and over, the expert medical advice is that the benefit of receiving the vaccination outweighs the risk of the rare but serious side-effect VITT/TTS.
    • The decision to vaccinate is about more than individual health risk or benefit, but the long-term protection of our society and the ability for our borders to open again.

    Key links - Queensland

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    Further information

    For further information for clinicians, please visit our novel coronavirus (COVID-19) website

    Your feedback and questions are welcome and we’ll work with the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre (SHECC) or Vaccine Command Centre (VCC) to provide definitive answers and advice.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Alex Markwell, Chair, Queensland Clinical Senate
    Prof. Liz Kenny AO, Chair, Queensland Clinical Networks Executive