Mackay locals urged to "re-think" visiting loved ones in aged care as Covid cases surge
Mackay residents are being asked to "re-think" the need to visit loved ones in aged care, with health authorities becoming increasingly concerned about a spike in Covid cases.
The region's hospital and health service has issued a statement confirming both staff and patients at facilities are testing positive to the virus.
A spokesperson explains they are seeing evidence of community transmission throughout the health service, adding that locals may be unaware that they are carrying and transmitting the virus.
"We know that aged and frail people often have underlying health conditions and this makes them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19," a spokesperson says.
"The amount of positive COVID-19 cases in our communities has not yet peaked so we can reasonably expect case numbers to increase."
Yesterday, there had been 452 new positive cases of coronavirus throughout Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday.
Mackay Hospital and Health Service says that figure brings the total number of active cases throughout the region to 3,458.
The data is a combination of PCR testing done by the Mackay HHS, by private pathology providers and home RAT results locals have lodged at https://www.qld.gov.au/rat-positive.
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