Six Queenslanders die of COVID as nation wide health system struggles

Following a record day for COVID deaths in NSW, Queensland has reported six deaths for its highest one-day total, with nearly 15,000 cases officially reported:

From ABC:

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said three of the deaths were people in residential aged care. Two of those who died were aged in their 70s, three in their 80s and one was aged over 90.

“All had significant underlying medical conditions,” he said. Five were double vaccinated, one was unvaccinated and none had received a booster shot.

At the same time the Qld government has eased almost all border requirements as the horse has already bolted. Hopefully the overall strain that is really showing on hospitals and GP surgeries, who have been hit by staff shortages and increased labour requirements in managing so many cases so quickly, will not break:

Australian Medical Association Queensland’s (AMAQ) council of general practice chair Maria Boulton said GP surgeries in Brisbane and the Gold Coast had been hit particularly hard by staff shortages during the Omicron surge.

Dr Boulton said general practices were having to bear a significant share of the burden of vaccine rollouts, ongoing pandemic issues, such as patients’ mental health struggles, and, in recent weeks, caring for people who had tested positive to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Many of our practices are acutely short-staffed,” Dr Boulton said.

As the Victorian health system feels the strain:

Acting Health Minister James Merlino said more than 6,600 health workers were currently unavailable due to being infected, household contacts or other reasons.”This is a system under strain,” he said. Mr Merlino said individual hospitals could call what is known as a code brown, where leave is cancelled for workers, at any time.

As does NSW:

One-fifth of nurses absent in high dependency unit of major hospital due to Covid as 4,941 healthcare workers in isolation across NSW. Staff shortages in one of Sydney’s best-resourced hospitals have sent nurse-to-patient ratios soaring as new data shows the share of Covid patients occupying intensive care beds has shot up from one in five beds to one in three in just one week.

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      • I just didn’t know actual serious workplaces use it…”Acting Health Minister James Merlino said more than 6,600 health workers were currently unavailable due to being infected, household contacts or other reasons.”This is a system under strain,” he said. Mr Merlino said individual hospitals could call what is known as a code brown, where leave is cancelled for workers, at any time.”

    • Oh you beat me to it. Can’t you hear the announcements over the PA…”All Hands..All Hands…Go To CONDITION BROWN!”

      Lawdy lawdy…:-)

  1. ” three in their 80s and one was aged over 90.”“All had significant underlying medical conditions”

    Should they even be counted as covid ?. People are not immortal you know.

    Basically a nothingburger
    Benign

    • Jumping jack flash

      We are now intolerant of sickness and death don’t you know?
      All sickness and death must be stamped out using the magic of science.

      This is what we get when we hand over the responsibility that should remain with our leaders, to experts with an agenda because our leaders have no idea about anything they’re responsible for, nor do they need to – we have experts to guide us now.

      We started by letting the banks (little more than debt factories) run the economy, and ended up with some perverse, debt-based pyramid scheme where the economy used to be.

      Now we’re doing it to our health. In a few short years we’ll all require a barrage of daily shots before we leave the house because our natural immune systems will no longer be trusted nor able to keep us safe any more.

    • TheLambKingMEMBER

      ” three in their 80s and one was aged over 90.”“All had significant underlying medical conditions”

      three in their 80s and one was aged over 90.All had significant underlying medical conditions – died in road accidents. Lets not count them in the road toll because they would have died pretty soon anyway?

      Or lets replace road accident with heart attack? Don’t count them as a heart attack at they would have died anyway? As a younger, fitter person would have survived the heart attack?

      Seriously? What caused them to die today? Covid!

      • They were dying, Covid had probably very little to do with it

        Scaremongers must be very disappointed with omicron, it s supposed to be a deadly plague, and they can only present few very old dying people while there are probably 100k cases

        Even the seasonal flu is less benign

      • The clear difference is that the numbers of patients dying of heart disease does not impact how we organise society whereas the numbers of covid deaths have and potentially do have a huge impact on how we organise society. Because the latter has a much more severe impact on everyone in the community, we need to be much more certain of its involvement in health outcomes to ascertain the real damage of the disease.

  2. kiwikarynMEMBER

    Someone needs to ask what proportion of staff are off because of the isolation protocols, and what proportion are off because they actually have covid. If the majority are isolating but dont have covid, then keep them working. Test everyone every day. If you test positive go home. If you don’t, go do your job. And maybe ditch the stupid ideology and let the unvaccinated go back to work.

    • Jumping jack flash

      Unions are weighing in now and refusing to budge on the rules even if the government wanted to make them more sane, considering the new virus.

      Of course, the past 12 months of unrelenting media scare campaign has frightened everyone out of their wits, with the purpose to scare everyone into getting vaccinated, and it worked well. Look at our vaccination rate, look!

      Because their scare campaign was so effective it has created this problem where they need to change the rules or the country shuts down due to ineffective vaccines, but everyone is far too scared to change.

      What to do, what to do… Do they downplay the risk? Trash the vaccines? Double down on the vaccines and introduce monthly boosters until the updated vaccine arrives (would they even have enough supplies for that)? Or, shut down the country until the updated vaccine arrives?

      Its a bit of a pickle. Fun times ahead.

    • RobotSenseiMEMBER

      Test everyone every day
      So you’re going to test the entire health service every day?
      Wow, and you thought the testing carnage over xmas/NYE was bad. Do you have any idea how many tests that’s gonna be?

      • Yeah tests are not needed. Just make it a normal sickness, if you’re too sick to come in stay home, if you’re feeling fine come in. It’s pretty simple.

        • RobotSenseiMEMBER

          I bet all those febrile neutropenia patients will just love running the “healthcare covid” gauntlet every cycle.

          • Yeah, they’ll be able to avoid omicron forever otherwise won’t they. To think humanity is so superior that we can completely control everything nature throws at us.

          • RobotSenseiMEMBER

            Yeah, they’ll be able to avoid omicron forever otherwise won’t they.
            Or maybe just until the end of their chemo, but OK.

          • Chemo patients don’t stay at the hospital 100% of the time do they. Nor are they completely cut off from human contact at the times when not in hospital times either. Where are the RAT kits for colds and all other known viruses, prior to covid we’ve been running our hospitals as murder houses it seems.

  3. So Covid patients in ICU have increased from 1/5 to 1/3 of all ICU patients in NSW.
    Which is meaningless drivel if you don’t actually look at capacity, and ignore the fact that there are less people ending up in ICU due to elective surgery not being performed over the christmas break.
    Based on covid ICU cases and a normal ICU capacity of 950 bed they are operating at a whopping 57% of capacity. Which according to NSW health is in the Green zone and having minimal effect on daily operations of ICU.
    https://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/Intensive_Care_Capacity.pdf
    I love the smell of fear porn in the morning!

    • kiwikarynMEMBER

      Minus the proportion of them that are in there for something else, like a road accident, but happened to test positive on admittance.

      • There is something to this point though. I heard a bloke from the Queensland govt trying to suggest that all the people in ICU in his state from covid were unvaccinated. He went through each of the vaccinated ones and said they were there for primarily other things, even saying that 2 covid positive icu patients out of 11 were there for head injuries first and foremost.