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19 January, 2022

Local hospitals ready to care for Covid patients

THE Mareeba and Atherton Hospitals are preparing to house and treat COVID patients as the region’s positive cases continue to rise.

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Both Mareeba and Atherton Hospitals have been actively preparing to care for their own town’s Covid cases, repurposing some of their facilities to care for COVID patients. 

There has also been a suspension of some services such as non-urgent elective surgery at both hospitals. Cairns and Hinterlands Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) Acting Executive Director Rural and Remote Services Mark Goodman said that CHHHS has been preparing for an escalation of COVID positive cases in the region. 

“Our Covid response plan outlines what services we may have to suspend or change to create capacity as case numbers increase, including provisions for teams across all our sites, with staff who may test positive to Covid and be required to isolate at home,” Mr Goodman said. 

“This also includes suspension of some services such as non-urgent elective surgery; and providing treatment of COVID positive patients in isolation at our rural facilities, including Mareeba and Atherton hospitals. 

“Across Queensland Health, all hospitals are preparing to care for Covid positive patients and our facilities are not exception.” 

For community sports both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can attend outdoor sports as they are not considered a restricted business, activity or undertaking. 

Contact sports are not expected to maintain social distancing whilst undertaking activity, however people have been urged to observe social distancing at all other times where possible.

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