The Queensland Government has changed the way it is reporting coronavirus cases to provide more detailed information. It is a mix of information for the Cairns Regional Council area and the broader Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) area*.
Current cases (CHHHS):
- 1 active case
- Total cases to date: 37
- 0 deaths
Of these cases, there have been 27 confirmed positive cases in the Cairns local government area to date, comprising:
- 15 acquired overseas
- 7 locally acquired, known contact
- 3 locally acquired, no known contact
- 1 from interstate
- 1 under investigation
Information on the current coronavirus status is provided by State and Federal health authorities.
Local information is also available on the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Facebook page.
*The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service area includes Cairns, the Tablelands, Tully, Chillagoe, Georgetown and Croydon.
From 24 April 2020, testing may be done for people who have fever (or history of fever) OR acute respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath).
Testing is available at the Cairns Base Hospital Fever Clinic and a drive-through clinic at the Cairns North Community Health Centre. Testing at these sites is by appointment only - phone 4226 4781 to book.
Your doctor is also able to order a test. If you are unwell and you meet the above criteria, you should contact a doctor immediately. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
- Read more about testing and fever clinics on the Queensland Government website.
The Australian Government is encouraging residents to download the COVIDSafe app to their mobile phone.
The app helps health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). COVIDSafe is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store (Android devices).
Downloading the app is voluntary. The Government says 40 per cent of Australians will need to download the app for it to be effective.
For more information on the app, how it works and privacy visit the Australian Government website.