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COVID by the numbers – Friday – no new Hawkesbury cases – all local school pupils back this Monday

Welcome to Friday evening 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:

* Zero new COVID cases recorded in the Hawkesbury in the last 24 hours.

* There are 23 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 25 yesterday).

* Of the 345 new NSW COVID cases (was 372 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Thursday, October 21 - 15 are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Distrcit, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* In the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, there were 10 cases - 13, 27, 10, 6, 4, 20, 24 on previous days.

* There are 232 active cases (was 246 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

* There are 5037 active cases (was 5220 yesterday) in NSW.

* There were 76,594 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 86,235, 88,664, 90,597 tests.

* 0.45% of today’s tests in NSW came back positive. It’s the 11th day in a row in NSW where the positive rate was a low 0.40% to 0.48%. The highest was 1.21% positive on September 7 (1222 cases from 100,745 tests).

* Over 5000 of the stood-down Qantas and Jetstar Australian based staff will return to work by December and the airlines will bring forward the return of regular scheduled flights from Sydney to London, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Fiji and Johannesburg. Sydney to Delhi will begin on December 6.

* Travel applications open November 1 for overseas parents of Australian citizens and residents for travel to Australia. Various parental relationships will be included in the definition of "immediate family".

* Victoria will scrap home or hotel quarantine requirements for returning fully vaccinated Australians from November 1. They will allow up to 250 unvaccinated international travellers in a week but they will have to stay in hotel quarantine for 14 days.

* The NSW cap is 210 unvaccinated international travellers per week allowed from November 1.

* Neither VIC nor NSW have so far said whether caps on unvaccinated travellers are for returning Australian citizens and residents only.

* The TGA recognised vaccines for vaccinated travellers entering Australia are: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covidshield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India).

* Children aged under 12 with double-dosed parents will be treated as though they are fully vaccinated.

* President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), Dr Roderick McRae said today the unvaccinated should have an advanced care directive stating, "If I am diagnosed with COVID that I don’t believe exists, I will not disturb the public hospital system, and I’ll let nature run its course".

He said those who deny the virus’s existence and refuse to be vaccinated should opt out of receiving public health care if they fall ill with the disease.

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

* 17 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 19 yesterday

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

* 3 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness) - was 3 yesterday

* 0 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 0 yesterday

COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 5 deaths in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 5 people – 3 women and 2 men.

One person was in their 30s, one was in their 50s, one in their 70s, one was in their 80s, and one person was in their 90s.

Three people were from south-western Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s inner city, and one person was from south-eastern Sydney.

One person was not vaccinated, two had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and two were fully vaccinated.

A man in his 70s from south-western Sydney died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He had received one dose of a COVID vaccine and had underlying health conditions. He acquired his infection at the Greek Orthodox Community Home for the Aged in Earlwood.

A woman in her 90s from south-eastern Sydney died at Prince of Wales Hospital, where she acquired her infection. She was fully vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

There have been 494 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 42 of the 494 have died at home, and of those 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 74 of the 494 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were fully vaccinated.

The 74 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 4 people in their 60s, 23 people in their 70s, 23 people in their 80s and 20 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, almost a quarter were in palliative care, some had disabilities.

5.76 million of NSW's 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 74 of those that were fully vaccinated died of the virus.

There are 482 people with COVID (was 523 yesterday) in hospital, with 125 (124 yesterday) people in ICU, 67 (64 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

Of the 125 in ICU: 97 have not received a dose of a vaccine, 17 have received one dose, and 11 are fully vaccinated.

There have been 67,101 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

Vaccinated numbers - in NSW, by the end of today, October 22

16 years and over: 84.3% fully vaccinated and 93.2% first dose.

12-15 year olds: 48.6% fully vaccinated and 77.4% first dose.

16-19 year olds: 71.6% fully vaccinated and 87.6% first dose.

All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 70.0% fully vaccinated and 78.8% first dose.

All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 59.1% fully vaccinated and 72.6% first dose.

NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until October 21)

Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to October 9 and cases since.

494 COVID deaths: 67.0% not vaccinated (331 people), 18.0% had received 1 dose (89 people), 15% were fully vaccinated (74 people)

1126 in ICU: 84.0% not vaccinated, 11.2% had received 1 dose, 4.8% were fully vaccinated

8381 hospitalised: 80.4% not vaccinated, 11.1% had received 1 dose, 8.5% were fully vaccinated

67,101 cases: 77.9% not vaccinated, 13.3% had received 1 dose, 8.8% were fully vaccinated

Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for crunching the numbers.

Our source information - link to NSW Health figures:


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