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COVID-19 patients fill regional hospital beds in Queensland as a surgical alert has been issued

Almost half of Queensland’s current COVID-19 hospitalizations are in regional parts of the state, new data from Queensland Health has revealed.

It comes as the Australian Medical Association warns doctors in the regions are “burned out” battling a winter wave of the pandemic and a strong flu season.

As of 7 p.m. yesterday, Queensland Health said there were 907 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Figures showed 427 of them were in regional hospitals and health services, including the Gold and Sunshine Coast, while 391 were in Brisbane in hospitals and health services.

The rest were in private hospitals across the state.

The Gold Coast had the most regional hospital admissions at 97, followed by the Sunshine Coast at 61.

Outside the south-east corner, most hospital admissions were in the Wide Bay region, where 59 people were hospitalized, and Cairns, where 51 people were hospitalized.

There were also more patients in intensive care units in the Queensland area, with seven compared to six in Brisbane.

healthcare

hospitalizations

intensive care unit

Total number of deaths since 2020

Private

87

0

cairn

51

1

76

Central Queensland

23

1

31

Central West

2

0

0

children’s health

14

0

0

Darling Downs

48

2

74

gold coast

97

1

222

Mackay

25

0

34

mater

44

1

0

Metro North

154

4

239

Subway South

139

0

391

northwest

6

1

3

southwest

9

0

3

sunshine coast

61

0

130

Torres and Chap

4

0

3

Townsville

42

0

42

West Moreton

40

1

76

wide bay

59

1

65

Overall regional

427

7

683

All of Brisbane

391

6

706

Operations can be postponed

Most health services confirmed they have dedicated rooms or wards for COVID-19 patients, but some services like elective surgeries may be postponed due to the impact of the wave.

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