• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers in the Hawkesbury – Friday – 12 new cases last 24hrs in postcodes 2753 & 2756

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:

* “NSW Health still haven’t updated their current active cases for today so I'll add them in once they release this data,” says Kevin Pollard this evening at 9pm

* 12 new cases in the Hawkesbury today - 6 of which are from an unknown source and not linked

* Active cases in the Hawkesbury - was 152 to Wednesday evening

* KFC Richmond is still closed due to a worker being a close contact of a COVID case. Let’s hope they can sort that out rather more swiftly than they reply to media questions – a totally woeful lack of response from corporate owners Yum – we’re still waiting for a reply to our questions.

Just for stark comparison - Florida in the US now has over 51,000 COVID deaths out of their population of 22 million people. Australia has had 1141 COVID deaths from a population of 26 million people.

* Of the 1284 new NSW COVID cases (was 1351 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Thursday, September 16 - 60 (was 59 yesterday) are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (LHD), which includes the Hawkesbury

* COVID patients in Hospital in Home (who receive hospital grade care) in NSW is growing by 500 per week and currently stands at 4100

* There were 155,334 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 129,266

* There have been 43,779 NSW cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported

* NSW Health said today - If you are pregnant with COVID you have an increased risk of severe illness and adverse pregnancy outcomes and you are 2-3 times more likely to need admission to ICU, and 3 times more likely to need invasive ventilation. NSW Health says it’s important for pregnant women and their partners to get vaccinated.

* Home quarantine trial starts in Sydney in 2 weeks time, for returning Australians who are double vaxxed. 175 people, including Qantas employees, will be able to quarantine from home for 7 days. The pilot program will be operated and overseen by NSW Health and NSW Police.

* There are more than 15,000 people with COVID being cared for in the NSW health system, 90% are at home.

Hawkesbury postcodes with new cases in the last 24 hours

* 8 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).

There are XX active COVID cases in 2756.

* 4 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks). There are XX active COVID cases in 2753.

Hawkesbury active COVID cases by postcode

As Kevin said, the current active COVID cases have not been updated today by NSW Health, for some reason. We’ll include the most recent numbers here, these are to Wednesday evening.

XXX in the 2756 postcode (Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, etc) - was 67 the day before

XXX in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Londonderry, Grose Vale, etc) - was 62 the day before

XXX in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 13 the day before

XXX in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness) - was 10 the day before

XXX in the 2775 postcode (Wiseman's Ferry, Macdonald Valley) - was 1 the day before

COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 12 deaths in the last 24 hours - none in the Hawkesbury

Two of the deceased people were in their 20s, three were in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, three people were in their 80s, and one person was in their 90s.

Seven of the 12 people who died were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID vaccine and three people were fully vaccinated.

A woman in her 20s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital. She had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A woman in her 20s died at Gosford Hospital. She was a resident of the Life Without Barriers group home in Wyong, where she acquired her infection. Life Without Barriers Wyong is a disability group home and most of the residents there have severe intellectual disabilities.

Three people who died were residents of aged care facilities in Dubbo. A woman in her 80s died at the Holy Spirit aged care facility. She was fully vaccinated and is the first death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

A woman in her 90s, who was fully vaccinated, and a man in his 80s, who was partially vaccinated, died at St Mary’s Villa aged care facility in Dubbo. There have now been 3 deaths associated with an outbreak at this facility.

Two people from western Sydney – a man in his 50s and a woman in her 80s – died at their homes and their COVID infections were diagnosed following their deaths. Neither person was vaccinated.

There are currently 1245 patients with COVID in hospital (was 1231 yesterday), with 228 (231 yesterday, 234 the day before) people in ICU, 112 (108 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

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