Queensland COVID-19 modelling shows third Omicron wave hospitalisations to peak in late August, toddler dies in hospital

New modelling shows COVID-19 hospitalisations are likely to peak in late August at around 1,660 patients, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed in parliament.

The news comes as the state recorded a new record-high in hospitalisations today, with 1,123 people being treated for the virus in hospitals, 31 people in intensive care, and 21 deaths recorded in the latest reporting period.

Queensland Health confirmed late on Tuesday, a 23-month-old child died from COVID-19 at the Queensland Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

The department said it would not release further details at this stage, citing patient confidentiality.

Queensland has recorded 8,612 new cases of COVID-19, taking the number of active cases to 66,569.

It was only a week ago hospitalisations exceeded the 1,000 mark for the first time.

Ms Palaszczuk said intensive care numbers were not predicted to rise with hospitalisations. 

Graph showing COVID hospitalisation peak of Queensland's third Omicron wave in late August
Graph showing COVID hospitalisation peak of Queensland’s third Omicron wave released by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Another 47 people are being treated in hospital for influenza.

Ms Palaszczuk said masks and boosters were vital as the state experienced its worst COVID-19 wave to date.

“Where you can’t feel that you can, socially distance.

“It is very, very important that people get that booster. The biggest impact COVID is having is on our seniors and seniors in our community.”

The Premier said in a tweet, the health system would be ready for the sharp increase in COVID-19 patients.

“Hard work is underway to ensure our health system is ready for what’s ahead,” she wrote.

“Preparations include bringing extra beds online and scaling up our QAS coordination hub.

“We’re moving more health staff to the frontline and using virtual care models to reduce pressure on EDs (emergency departments).

“When we are faced with the worst, Queenslanders always step up. It’s time to come together again and fight: get vaccinated, use a mask in crowds and indoors, and stay home if you’re sick. Thanks for looking after each other, Queensland.”

Ms Palaszczuk, Acting Health Minister Steven Miles and Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken were not available to answer questions on the latest modelling today.

AMA says patient care will suffer

Australian Medical Association Queensland President Dr Maria Boulton said should the modelling prove true, many hospital patients may receive sub-standard care.

“So yes, it may well put patients at risk depending on what the capacity of the hospital is to cope.

“We know that already emergency physicians and emergency doctors are doing what they can with the lack of resources that they have but they’re feeling very, very strained and they’re feeling that there will come a time where they may not be able to offer the time to every patient that the patient deserves.”

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