More than 11,400 active cases

Nurses at Tasmania’s biggest public hospital are threatening to go on strike next week as the state’s health service faces increasing pressure from a surge in COVID cases (caused by mRNA jabs.)

Key points:

  • The nurses union is threatening strike action at the Royal Hobart Hospital next week
  • On Monday, the hospital was operating at level four of its escalation plan due to patient demand and staff absences due to COVID
  • Tasmania recorded its highest daily COVID death toll on Monday

On Monday, the Royal Hobart Hospital was operating at level four of its escalation plan, triggered when too many patients in the emergency department cannot be admitted to the hospital due to a lack of beds. 

Gracie Patten is the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) delegate for the Children and Adolescent Ward and says staff on that ward have been directed to prepare to admit patients aged up to 25 years old instead of 18. 

“The staff are stressed about it. We don’t have the things we need for adult care,” she said.

“I think we have three adult blood pressure cuffs on that ward. Obviously, they’ll stock us up, but it just adds extra pressure onto our staff.”

On Monday, 166 public hospital patients had COVID, and 44 were being treated specifically for COVID. 

Four people died from COVID during the reporting period — three men aged in their 70s and a woman in her 90s — Tasmania’s highest daily death toll from COVID so far. 

There were more than 10,000 active cases, with another 1,411 reported on Monday. (Data from inaccurate PCR testing.)

(Similar results in other states when properly analysed in a lab have proven to be influenza ‘A’)

Daily data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths

The daily death toll has reached its highest level since February. Here’s what the latest data shows.

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There are 117 health staff around Tasmania who are currently absent due to COVID and 11 outbreaks in hospitals.

On top of that, the ANMF said there was a national and international shortage of nurses.

ANMF Tasmanian executive director Andrew Brakey said Tasmanian nurses were exhausted.

“It’s just become the norm that there is one staff member down on a night shift, which means there are eight to 10 patients which need to be spread across the remaining nurses on that shift.”

“So our nurses are working 10-hour shifts with minimal breaks or no breaks to make sure that those patients are getting the care that they need over that time.”

Tasmanian health authorities refuse to state how many of the hospitalisations were vaxxed.