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June 21, 2021

Complacency?

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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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New case of COVID-19 in Brisbane

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community yesterday, with contact tracing underway after an international cabin crew member tested positive.

Cartoon of the week – 16 June, 2021

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Mental health workshop for girls in Lennox

The mental health organisation Beautiful Minds is holding a one day workshop for pre-teen girls in Lennox Head on Sunday 27 June 2021.

Cyclists please

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Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

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Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

B Joyce, Brunswick Heads

As we all enjoyed restaurants and haircuts in the last couple of weeks, are we getting complacent about the risks?

Here are some post-lockdown observations from Mullum, Bangalow, Bruns and Byron: crowded shops; strangers shaking hands negotiating a sale; hair stylist hugging multiple clients; hair salon not disinfecting equipment; waitstaff not social distancing; restaurants wiping tables with a damp rag post-meal, no other shared surface cleaning; crowded pavements; almost zero mask wearing.

Yes, there have been no cases here for multiple weeks. Yes, rural areas have been much less affected. And yes, lockdowns are hard.

But lockdowns do work, and ours is now essentially over. So we are all out and about. And flights from Sydney and Melbourne are restarting. And it is getting colder, and drier.

Simply put, no one knows what will happen in regional Australia (re COVID-19) in winter and with no lockdowns.

But what we do know is that ‘it won’t happen here’ complacency has been a common thread of disaster around the world. And based on observations these past weeks, if the novel coronavirus was here now, it’d find us with our guard down.


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