• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers Friday – no new Hawkesbury cases – US deer infected in troubling development


Welcome to Friday evening and our in-depth Hawkesbury numbers and COVID local news.

This round-up of Hawkesbury COVID numbers is compiled by numbers guru Kevin Pollard using NSW Health datasets, and is up to 8pm on Thursday evening.


Our thanks to Kevin for putting the numbers together and compiling the well researched news snippets 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:


* No new COVID cases recorded in the Hawkesbury in the last 24 hours.


* There are 10 active cases in the Hawkesbury (was 12 yesterday)


* There are 70 active COVID cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.


* There are 2845 active cases (was 2779 yesterday) in NSW.


* Of the 286 new NSW cases today (261, 216 cases on previous days) reported to 8pm, Thursday, November 11 – nine are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.


* In the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, there was only 1 case yesterday, 5, 4, 3, 3, 6, 3, 14, 15, 3, 8, 3, 6, 13, 11, 9, 5 cases on previous days.


* There were 77,119 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 77,009, 95,804, 66,680, 52,939, 70,276 & 72,350 tests.


* 163 of today's 287 cases were in Sydney.


* Elective surgery to resume at full capacity across Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD – including the Hawkesbury - and Illawara Shoalhaven hospitals from next week.


* International students who are fully immunised with a TGA-recognised vaccine won’t have to quarantine when they arrive in NSW. The first charter flight will arrive in Sydney on December 6.


* COVID ICU patients in Singapore who chose to be unvaccinated could face a median bill of SGD $25,000 (AUD $25,400) before subsidies. The $25,000 is the median acute hospital bill size for those who require both ICU care and Covid-19 therapeutics.


* The Singapore authorities announced recently that from December 8, those who are unvaccinated will have to foot their own medical bill if they become ill with COVID.


* Lancet Journal, UK: "58% of the COVID deaths in the UK have been disabled people. The risk of death with COVID is three times greater for more severely disabled people." The COVID death toll in the UK stands at 142,533.


* New US study shows that deer can catch the coronavirus from people and give it to other deer in overwhelming numbers. 80% of deer sampled in the US state of Iowa were infected - study indicates numbers would be similar in many other states.


Researchers and outside experts characterised the study’s findings as a troubling development in the course of the pandemic and it could make eradicating the COVID even more difficult, especially if deer became a reservoir for mutations that eventually spill back over to humans.


* The Netherlands reports 16,364 new coronavirus cases (previous daily high was 13,032 on December 20, 2020), by far the biggest one-day increase on record. Daily cases have doubled in the last week. The Dutch government is expected to announce a partial 2 week lockdown today. In The Netherlands, 84.5% of those over 18 are fully vaccinated, those over 12 are 82.5% fully vaccinated.


* There are 50,377 new COVID cases in Germany, the biggest one-day increase on record (45,416 cases yesterday was the previous record). The surge in COVID cases in Germany is mostly led by unvaccinated people.


"The pandemic is returning in a new spectacular fashion," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


* French Health Minister Olivier Véran: "France and Europe is at the beginning of a fifth wave of the coronavirus epidemic."


* There have been at least 314 temporary school closures due to COVID in NSW since the beginning of Term 4 on October 5 (today is the 29th school day).


* Victoria has recorded 1115 new COVID cases, plus 9 deaths after 1313 cases yesterday. There have been 344 COVID deaths in Victoria over the last 37 days.



Percentage of cases in Sydney vs NSW in last 10 days:



56.8% - 163/287 cases were in Sydney


52.5% - 137/261


43.1% - 93/216


46.9% - 105/224


49.2% - 92/187


39.8% - 97/244


37.8% - 102/270


34.1% - 85/249


40.9% - 125/308


51.% - 97/190



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

* 4 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 5 yesterday


* 3 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks) - was 4 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 – 2 deaths in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury


A woman in her 70s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.


A man in his 70s from Maitland died at Maitland Hospital. He was fully vaccinated and had significant underlying health conditions.


There have been 556 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.


At least 42 of the 556 have died at home, and of those 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


At least 89 of the 556 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were people who were fully vaccinated.


The 89 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 28 people in their 70s, 28 people in their 80s, 23 people in their 90s and 1 person in their 100s.


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, many were elderly and in aged care facilities, some had disabilities.


6.26 million of NSW’s 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 89 of those that were fully vaccinated died of the virus.


There are currently 236 COVID-19 cases (was 228 yesterday) admitted to hospital, with 34 (40 yesterday) in ICU, 15 (16 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.


There have been 72,103 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, November 12


16 years and over: 91.2% fully vaccinated and 94.19% first dose.


12-15 year olds: 73.3% fully vaccinated and 80.6% first dose.


16-19 year olds: 80.0% fully vaccinated and 90.5% first dose.


All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 76.6% fully vaccinated and 79.8% first dose.


All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 69.2% fully vaccinated and 76.0% first dose.



NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until November 11)


Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to October 16, and cases since.

556 COVID deaths: 64.9% not vaccinated (361 people), 19.1% had received 1 dose (106 people), 16.0% were fully vaccinated (89 people).


1315 in ICU: 85.6% not vaccinated, 7.8% had received 1 dose, 4.5% were fully vaccinated


11,859 hospitalised: 85.8% not vaccinated, 8.1% had received 1 dose, 6.4% were fully vaccinated


72,103 cases: 77.9% not vaccinated, 13.3% had received 1 dose, 8.8% were fully vaccinated.


90% of Australia's population (16 and over) has now received their first COVID dose.






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