THE Hinchinbrook Shire Council will be opening a temporary COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ingham Showgrounds Pavilion (adjacent to Ingham Tennis Club) at 1.00 pm today, Friday 31 December as COVID cases rise in the region.
There are currently seven confirmed cases in the Hinchinbrook region.
Mayor of Hinchinbrook, Ramon Jayo commented on the situation via his Facebook page, “Unfortunately I must inform that we have now been notified of several more positive cases of COVID in the Hinchinbrook Local Government area.
“I am informed by Queensland Health that tracing has commenced and whilst no one particular exposure site has been determined at this moment, it is believed that extensive visitation for Christmas festivities throughout the district is the cause of exposure. If any site is identified, the Queensland Health will notify the public through its normal website exposure site listing,” he said.
The public has been advised not to present to the Ingham Hospital’s Emergency Department from 1.00 pm today until further notice, instead those who are considered a close contact or experiencing symptoms are to visit the temporary testing clinic at the Pavilion.
Cr Jayo said that all positive cases are in isolation and are being monitored by Queensland Health.
“We must not panic and above all else, we must not overwhelm our hospital system with a rush of demand for testing.
“Unless you meet the close contact guidelines, there is no need to seek testing unless of course you are or begin experiencing symptoms and at which time, testing should be sought immediately,” he said.
Available clinic dates:
▪ 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm (today) Friday 31 December 2021;
▪ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Saturday 1 January 2022;
▪ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Sunday 2 January 2022; and
▪ 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday 3 January 2022.
The Ingham Showgrounds Pavilion can be accessed via the intersection of Abbott Street and Cooper Ingham.
The clinic is a drive through clinic only. Please follow the attached map and stay in your car to be tested.
Traffic control will be on site and all residents are asked to follow the directions of traffic control.
Queensland Health will advise Council if this arrangement is to continue after Monday 3 January 2022 and if so, relevant details of dates and times will be published immediately.
Cr Jayo urged the public to continue to adopt good hygiene practices and social distancing.
“In the interim, it is imperative that you protect yourself as best as possible…Wear your mask at all times in enclosed or public areas and if you are not vaccinated, talk to your doctor regarding vaccination as soon as possible,” he said.
Queensland adopted a nationally-agreed definition of a COVID-19 close contact and isolation periods for people who have tested positive.
A close contact is a household contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case. A household contact is someone who lives with a case or has spent more than four hours with them in a house, accommodation or care facility. Close contacts must quarantine for seven days from their date of exposure and have a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day six to leave.
A confirmed COVID-19 case must isolate for seven days from the date they tested positive. They must have a negative RAT on day six, prior to being able to leave isolation after seven days.
Anyone who is currently in quarantine as close contacts can leave if they are past seven days and have had a negative day six test.