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COVID by the numbers in the Hawkesbury – Sunday – 5 new cases last 24hrs, Woolies alert took 10 days



Welcome to Sunday evening and the latest Hawkesbury numbers and COVID local news – the numbers are up to 8pm on Saturday.


Firstly that Woolworths Richmond COVID alert - we reported this one a couple of days ago - someone was in the store on September 9 with COVID - and yes, that's 10 whole days ago - and one of our readers only just this early evening got a text from NSW Health about it saying they should get tested if they were there. This was Woolworths in Richmond on 09 September between 5:54 pm and 6:14 pm.


Now, back to the numbers, compiled by 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:

It’s been a challenge getting detailed figures the last couple of days and Service NSW explained this evening exactly why that is.


“NSW Health changed the way it reports COVID test data on Friday and work is currently being carried out to ensure the new data can be reflected on COVID heatmaps on the nsw.gov.au website.


“The heatmaps (postcodes with active cases) will be updated to reflect the changes early this week. Data NSW apologises for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience,” they say.


What does this mean in practice? We’ll have to see, but the ever resourceful Kevin Pollard, says he hopes the new postcode heatmap page – which will come online early this week - has the accurate data we’re used to, “as it looks like they'll stop the datasets which contained the new cases for each day”, he says. We’ll see how it works soon…


Meanwhile, here’s what we know this evening –


* 5 new cases in the last 24 hours in the Hawkesbury - 3 of which are from an unknown source and not linked


* Of the 1083 local cases (was 1331 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Saturday, September 18 - 48 (was 47 yesterday) are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (LHD), which includes the Hawkesbury


* There were 99,782 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 120,954.


* It's the first time there has been less than 100,000 tests in one day since 95,036 tests were reported on August 10.


* It's the 23rd day in a row of 1000-plus COVID cases in NSW.


* There have been 46,151 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.


* From the Financial Review: Federal digital minister Stuart Robert has claimed the apps needed to make vaccine passports work will be ready by the end of the month.


But tech experts warned ancient immunisation registry technology infrastructure, and a mish-mash of state-based apps, risks leaving Australia short of international standards. Each state will have their own vaccine passport.




COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 13 deaths in the last 24 hours - none in the Hawkesbury

There have been 56 deaths due to COVID in the last five days.


There have been 243 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.


At least 24 of the 243 have died at home. Nine of the 24 that died at home didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


At least 29 of the 243 COVID-related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 were of those that were fully vaccinated.


NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 13 people with COVID – nine men and four women.


One person was in their 40s, two people in their 50s, two people in their 60s, five people in their 70s, and three people in their 80s.


Five people were from western Sydney, two people from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people from Sydney’s inner city, one person who was from southern Sydney and one person from Dubbo.


Of the 13 people who died, nine were not vaccinated, two had received one dose of a COVID vaccine, and two people – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both with underlying health conditions - were both fully vaccinated.


Two people died at home. A man in his 60s from northern Sydney who was being cared for in the community by Northern Sydney LHD. He had received one dose of a vaccine and had underlying health conditions.


A man in his 40s from western Sydney died at home and his infection was diagnosed following his death. He was not vaccinated.


A woman in her 60s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital. Her death is linked to an outbreak at the Gallipoli Home aged care facility. This is the first death linked to this outbreak.


A woman in her 70s died at the Holy Spirit aged care facility in Dubbo. This is the second death linked to an outbreak at this facility.


There are 1238 COVID patients in hospital (was 1219 yesterday), with 234 (233 yesterday) people in ICU, 123 (123 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.



Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for crunching the numbers.


Our source information - link to NSW Health figures:


https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/find-the-facts-about-covid-19





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