COVID cases are on the rise in Queensland youngsters, with 14 additional deaths recorded in the state.

Dr Gerrard held a media conference this morning to give the latest COVID update

While some places have reached their peak and hospitalizations are on the decline, the number of youngsters who test positive has risen.

Although the number of Queensland students testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing, Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says there are no plans to expand COVID-safe school measures.

In the most recent reporting period, the state documented 14 more deaths and 5,977 additional cases.

There were 280 positive PCR tests in children aged 5 to 11, up from 231 the day before, and 236 cases in children aged 12 to 17, up from 180 the day before.

There were 1,149 additional cases in children when self-reported positive quick antigen test findings were taken into account.

In the face of mounting cases, however, Dr. Gerrard stated that the government will not be enforcing any additional limits in schools.

“We’re not going to take any further precautions.” “All we have to do now is wait and see what happens with the children’s trend,” he said. “It’s not unexpected, and we’re not overly concerned.”

“We’re not taking a very hard line on isolating members of the school community because we know the virus is widespread and will continue to be pervasive,” says the principal. “We anticipate a drop in the numbers in the following weeks.”

While COVID is a “minor sickness” for most children, Dr. Gerrard added that as of yesterday, there were 12 children in hospital with COVID-related illness.

In senior care, there have been ten deaths

535 patients are being treated in hospitals for COVID symptoms, down from 579 the day before, with 43 in intensive care units and 27 on ventilators.

One person was in their 60s, five in their 70s, five in their 80s, and three in their 90s when they died. Three of the patients who died had not been vaccinated, two had only received one dose, five had received two doses, and just four had received their booster.

Ten of the deceased were residents of a nursing home. Queensland has offered the federal government support for the deployment of booster shots in aged care, according to Dr. Gerrard.

The news comes as the ABC reports that for a month, the Jeta Gardens nursing home in Logan, where 15 people died of COVID, did not have boosters accessible.

“We’ve also looked at several aged care institutions to see what challenges there are and how we might help,” he added. “We certainly have resources if required.”

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