Townsville Bulletin

EACH OF US HAS A ROLE TO PLAY TO STOP SPREAD

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North Queensland is facing another test of its resilience following yesterday’s news that a man who tested positive for Covid-19 spent a week in Townsville. The 58-year-old was taken to Townsville University Hospital on Thursday about 1am and has since tested positive for Covid-19.

He visited a number of exposure sites, and authoritie­s have imposed stage two restrictio­ns on Townsville and Palm Island – along with parts of South East Queensland – for the next two weeks.

For now, we are not in lockdown, but as we all know that can change very quickly.

It’s another hurdle in our community’s return to normality, without the threat of snap lockdowns casting a shadow on local residents and businesses who just want to get on with life.

This is why it’s more important than ever to keep pushing through and doing what’s needed to make it happen.

There has been an encouragin­g roll up of residents receiving their Covid vaccinatio­ns, and as of yester

FOR NOW, WE ARE NOT IN LOCKDOWN, BUT AS WE ALL KNOW THAT CAN CHANGE VERY QUICKLY

day 43.3 per cent of people aged 15 and over in the Townsville region were fully vaccinated.

But our vaccinatio­n rate is plateauing and falling behind the rest of the state which is why health officilas are urging the community to get the jab before it’s too late.

Every generation has its story of battling against adversity, and this is one of those stories we will tell future generation­s in years to come.

Queensland, and especially North Queensland, has avoided the worst of Covid restrictio­ns because of our relative remoteness to major cities, and the fact our state has been proactive in preventing Covid outbreaks.

What has worked for us so far must continue, and the fact that we have got this far means we have the capacity to see it through.

Getting vaccinated, maintainin­g social distancing and being vigilant when it comes to contact tracing will get us closer. Nothing lasts forever, and that applies to our current situation. We will get through this.

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