The virus is everywhere: Queenslands COVID-19 cases climb again to 765

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Tweet Facebook Mail A Sunshine Coast nurse who was potentially infectious at work is among hundreds of Queenslanders to test positive to COVID-19 at Christmas time.Queensland recorded 765 new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day from more than 33,000 tests.Health Minister Yvette DAth said the state had been "preparing for a year" for the increase and that hospitalisations remained low.READ MORE: NSW records more than 6000 Coronavirus cases on Christmas DayBut the case surge is already having an impact on at least part of the hospital system through the infection of a Sunshine Coast health worker.Its understood a nurse at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital has COVID-19 and about a dozen other staff members have been forced into isolation in a scenario expected to impact staffing.Queensland Health said it was contacting patients who were at the hospital on Christmas Eve while the nurse was potentially infectious.There are 2,147 people with the virus in the state, and 151 have been confirmed as the new Omicron strain."There are definitely more cases, but because of the great work of Queenslanders coming out and getting vaccinated, our hospitalisation rates still remain very low," Ms DAth said.Five people are in hospital due to COVID-19, though the single person in ICU earlier this week has now been moved out.There are other people with COVID-19 in hospital, but not due to the virus.There are 566 people with the virus getting care at home.The Health Minister tweeted a warning as case numbers increased."Most Queenslanders dont know someone who has had COVID-19, in the coming days and months they will," she said."So please get vaccinated when you can and get your booster shot when you can."Wear your mask and check-in at venues."A total of 90.3 per cent of Queenslanders have had their first vaccination and 88.5 per cent have had both.Ms DAth said 650 people were "formally" in quarantine, a lower number than previously due to changed close contact rules.The virus is everywhere: Queenslands COVID-19 cases climb again to 765Health workers at a testing clinic in Indooroopilly State High school in Brisbane. (Getty)Ms Dath thanked interstate travellers for getting PCR tests to travel into Queensland, amid rows over the lengthy testing lines.She said the rules will be "constantly reviewed" and would be changed when the state reaches 90 per cent double dosed.The minister said three young people on their way to see family had done the right thing, after two of them tested positive."At least one of these young people were going to be joining a big family gathering today of 25-30 family members, at least one is over 90 and another is a newborn baby," she said."Those family members have been protected from having a positive case gathering with them because of that PCR test."Ms DAth said Cook and South Burnett were among the LGAs that have new cases, with 22 LGAs having cases.The Whitsundays also has infections."This virus is everywhere now," she said.
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