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COVID by the numbers – Friday – 3 new Hawkesbury cases – vaccine passport not ready for Monday open

Welcome to Friday afternoon and the latest in-depth Hawkesbury numbers and COVID local news – the numbers are up to 8pm on Thursday night.

This is the most up-to-date round-up of Hawkesbury COVID numbers you can get, compiled by numbers guru Kevin Pollard using NSW Health datasets.

Our thanks, as always, to Kevin for putting the numbers together in this easily accessible format.

Coupled with our regular news updates when we hear about new COVID venues, this builds into a useful daily source of information for Hawkesbury residents.

Today’s headlines:

* 3 new case in the Hawkesbury LGA - 1 of which is from an unknown source and not linked to others.

* There are 27 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 32 yesterday).

* There are 388 active cases (was 419 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* Of the 646 new NSW cases (was 587 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Thursday, October 7 - 35 (was 20 yesterday, 33, 28, 15, 42 the days before that) are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

* There are 7604 (was 7868 yesterday) active COVID cases in NSW.

* There have been 61,808 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

* There were 103,388 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days: 112,186, 90,680, 85,642, 76,892, 88,210, 98,266 and 112,334 tests.

* Businesses are set to re-open on Monday, but the promised Service NSW electronic vaccine passport will not be ready. A spokesperson said today that at the moment it was only, “being tested internally, primarily amongst Service NSW staff”.

“External participants will be invited to join the pilot in [the] coming days. Participating businesses will include community clubs, aged-care providers and taxi companies. Up to 500 customers will participate,” the spokesperson said.

* Pfizer has asked the U.S. government to authorise its COVID vaccine for youngsters aged 5 to 11. If regulators give the go-ahead, reduced-dose kids’ shots could begin within 3 weeks in the US, and almost certainly later here.

* Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says ATAGI has recommended boosters (3rd doses) become available for the immune-compromised from Monday - a group of up to 500,000 Australians. The recommended interval for the 3rd dose is 2 to 6 months after the 2nd dose of vaccine.

* Nationals’ leader and Deputy NSW Premier, Paul Toole, doing some clarifying today. He said, the NSW government 'will clarify' public health orders to make it clear recreational day trips in and out of Greater Sydney (which includes the Hawkesbury) will NOT be permitted from Monday. They will be permitted from the Monday after the 80% mark is reached (approximately October 25).

* The NSW Teachers Federation said today they were blindsided about the removal of the staggered approach to get kids back to the classrooms, saying their plan is in disarray. Ventilation audits have not been done and not every school will be ready by October 18/25.

Vaccinated numbers - in NSW, by the end of today, October 8 of those aged 16 and over:

16 years and over: 72.1% fully vaccinated and 90.3% first dose.

12-15 year olds: 13.7% fully vaccinated and 67.0% first dose.

The first Pfizer vaccine was administered in NSW for 12-15 year olds on September 13 and Moderna on September 19.

Hawkesbury postcodes with new cases in the last 24 hours

* 3 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks)

Total active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury - and postcodes they are in

* 16 in the 2756 postcode (Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, Bligh Park, Clarendon, Ebenezer, Mulgrave, Pitt Town, South Windsor, Freemans Reach, McGraths Hill, Upper Colo, Central Colo, Colo Heights, Lower Portland, Glossodia) - was 20 yesterday

* 6 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Londonderry, Grose Vale, etc) - was 6 yesterday

* 4 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 5 yesterday

* 1 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness) - was 1 yesterday

NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until October 7)

Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to September 18 and cases since.

416 deaths: 70.0% not vaccinated (291 people), 17.0% had received 1 dose (71 people), 13.0% were fully vaccinated (54 people)

838 in ICU: 77.1% not vaccinated, 16.9% had received 1 dose, 6.0% were fully vaccinated

7589 hospitalised: 71.5% not vaccinated, 15.9% had received 1 dose, 12.6% were fully vaccinated

61,808 cases: 62.7% not vaccinated, 21.9% had received 1 dose, 15.4% were fully vaccinated

COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 11 deaths in the last 24 hours - none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 11 people who had COVID – 2 women and 9 men.

Two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, four in their 70s, and four in their 80s.

Five were from south-western Sydney, three were from western Sydney, one was from south-eastern Sydney, one was from Sydney’s inner city, and one was from Sydney’s lower north shore.

7 people were not vaccinated, 3 had received one dose of a COVID vaccine, and one was fully vaccinated.

A man in his 80s was a resident at Allity Beechwood Aged Care Facility, Revesby, where he acquired his infection. It is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

There have been 416 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 39 of the 416 died at home and of those, 22 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 54 of the 416 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were fully vaccinated.

The 54 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 3 people in their 50s, 3 people in their 60s, 19 people in their 70s, 16 people in their 80s and 13 people in their 90s.

The large majority of the people that were fully vaccinated and died of COVID had underlying health issues, over half had significant health issues.

There are 856 patients with COVID in hospital (was 911 yesterday), with 170 (181 yesterday) people in ICU, 75 (85 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

There are a further 3900 COVID patients being cared for in the community (mostly at home) via 'hospital grade care'.

Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for crunching the numbers.

Our source information - link to NSW Health figures:


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