Information about COVID-19

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you catching and spreading COVID-19

The Queensland Government provides advice on what you should do using a traffic light system.

The traffic light level – red, amber or green – is based on the current level of risk in the community.

Currently, the traffic light is amber. This means that you are required to wear a mask in our healthcare facilities such as hospitals.

Read more about the traffic light system and advice.

  • Anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 should report their positive rapid antigen test (RAT) and follow any applicable Queenlsand Health guidelines.

    Virtual Ward

    Our Virtual Ward remains operational to support our vulnerable community members whilst 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 August 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.

  • 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.

    Closed 29 December and 5 January 2023
    First clinic Thursday 12 January 2023
    Hours: 10 am - 3.45 pm
    07 4091 0263

    Mareeba weekly immunisation clinic

    Community Health - Mareeba Hospital

    21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba

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

    Closed 28 December and 4 January 2023
    First clinic Wednesday 11 January 2023
    Hours: 10 am - 3.45 pm
    07 4091 9146 or 07 4092 9100

Last updated: November 2022