Information about COVID-19

Stay home and find the right support for your recovery

Due to declining COVID-19 numbers, high rates of COVID-19 vaccination and the availability of Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs), our COVID-19 services are winding down and our COVID-19 staff are returning back to hospitals and frontline health services.
  • Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 is still required to isolate for a period of 5 days.

    Read more about what to do if you have COVID-19.

    Virtual Ward

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whist COVID-19 positive, in the comfort of their own homes.

    You will need a referral from your GP to access this service.

    If you test positive and don’t have a regular GP, or can’t get an appointment quickly to talk about treatments, call HealthDirect’s free helpline on 1800 022 222. HealthDirect will then assist you with identifying a General Practitioner from across their network (Australia wide) who can provide support via their telehealth service.

    Medicines for COVID-19

    Your GP may be able to prescribe you oral medicines for COVID-19 (including antivirals) if you are at high risk of developing severe illness. These medicines can reduce the need for you to go to hospital.

    See Medicines for COVID-19.

  • You do not need to get a PCR test if you test positive to a RAT. You must immediately isolate and report your positive test result online or phone 134 COVID (134268).

    Read about how and when to get tested for COVID-19 in Queensland.

    Rapid Antigen Test (RATs)

    RAT kits can be purchased from various retail outlets and pharmacies in your local area.

    From 1 September 2022, if you have an eligible Commonwealth concession card or are part of an eligible group, you can access free RAT kits from Queensland Health RAT distribution points.

    Leaving isolation

    To end isolation, you must not have a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or a cough that is bad or getting worse, on day 5 of your isolation.

    If you do have any of these symptoms on day 5 of your isolation, you will need to remain in isolation until those symptoms have gone away.

    You do not need another COVID-19 test to end your isolation period. Read more about isolation when you have COVID-19.

  • Queensland Health vaccine clinics

    COVID-19 vaccines are safeeffective and free.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a wide range of GPs, pharmacists and community clinics.

    Find your nearest vaccination location.

    The COVID-19 vaccine won't protect you against influenza. You need to have your flu vaccine every year to make sure you are fully protected.

    Some of the Queensland Health immunisation clinics below are offering both COVID-19 and flu vaccine to eligible people.

    Atherton weekly immunisation clinic

    Atherton Community, Allied and Mental Health

    45 - 56 Jack Street, Atherton

    COVID-19, Influenza and all National Immunisation Program vaccinations.

    Every Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
    By appointment or walk-in
    To book phone 07 4091 0263

    Mareeba weekly immunisation clinic

    Community Health - Mareeba Hospital

    21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba

    COVID-19, Influenza and all National Immunisation Program vaccinations.

    Every Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
    By appointment or walk-in
    To book phone 07 4091 9146 or 07 4092 9100

  • Due to declining numbers of COVID-19 cases in our community and facilities, we have removed most visitor restrictions across our hospitals.

    Your safety and that of your family and loved ones is our priority.

    As there is still a risk of COVID-19 infection to our staff and patients, visitors are still required to wear face masks at our facilities.

    As part of the ongoing management of COVID-19 cases, visitor limitations of one visitor per patient at a time will continue in high-risk settings such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Unit and Cancer Care.

    People who have tested positive to COVID-19 are not permitted to enter a hospital and residential aged care facility for 7 days after they have tested positive to COVID-19.

    From 9 September 2022 the isolation period is 5 days. When you leave isolation, you must wear a face mask for the next 5 days when:

    • indoors
    • outdoors where you cannot stay physically distanced from others

    To help protect our patients, anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should not visit hospital and may be directed to leave.

Last updated: September 2022