• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers Sunday – no new Hawkesbury cases – less restrictions - Qudos vaxx centre closes



Welcome to Sunday 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 Saturday evening.


Our thanks to Kevin for putting the numbers together and compiling the 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:



* zero new Hawkesbury COVID cases recorded in the last 24 hours


* There are 12 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 14 yesterday)


* Of the 244 new NSW cases (270, 249, 308 cases on previous days) reported to 8pm, Saturday, November 6 – just 3 are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.


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


* There are 88 active cases (was 93 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.


* There are 2986 active cases (was 3156 yesterday) in NSW.


* There were 70,276 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 72,350, 80,581, 94,661, 114,303, 58,988, 62,857, 75,378 tests.


* 97 of today's 244 cases were in Sydney. Outside of Sydney, there were 77 in Hunter New England LHD, 20 in Mid North Coast LHD, 17 from Murrumbidgee LHD, 9 from Western NSW LHD, and 9 from Northern NSW LHD.


* Restrictions will be eased further for vaccinated people in NSW from tomorrow, when there will be no limits on the number of people allowed in homes or at outdoor gatherings.


* Businesses will move to a one-person per two square metres capacity and dance floors and indoor swimming pools will be allowed to reopen.


* Caps will also be removed from settings other than gym and dance classes, for which the 20-person cap for classes will remain.


* Rules around masks at shopping centres and stores will stay until December 15.


* Sydney's main vaccination hub, Qudos Bank Arena vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park will close today as NSW moves its focus to the COVID booster shot rollout.


* Australians could be getting booster shots to combat COVID for years to come, with planned injections every six, nine or 12 months to become an integral part of the national vaccination program, according to the Pharmacy Guild.


* Dr Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health provided a 4-minute pre recorded COVID update at 11am today.


* NSW Health: If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don’t delay. Even if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you should get vaccinated.


* If you are directed to get tested for COVID 19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules, whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.


* San Francisco plans to extend its indoor proof-of-vaccination requirements to children 5 to 11 years old, the first major US city to do so after the US's announcement Wednesday recommending the Pfizer lower-dose COVID vaccine for this age group.


* Australian Primary schools account for 73% of all temporary school closures here due to COVID – there have been at least 258 temporary school closures due to COVID in NSW since the beginning of Term 4 on October 5 (24 school days). Our unvaxxed 5 to 11 year olds make up 90% of primary school aged children.


* Regional schools are disproportionately affected - 64% of all closures are in regions outside of Sydney. There are 3107 primary and high schools (Government, Catholic, and Independent) in NSW.


* Maybe this initiative from the US will be used here in Australia but with a character like Bluey fronting it as we move towards younger children getting vaccinated, possibly from January…Big Bird, Sesame Street's official 8'2 bird announced on Twitter yesterday: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy. I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird, but I had no idea!”


* Victoria recorded 1173 new COVID cases plus 9 deaths after 1343 cases yesterday. There have been 302 COVID deaths in Victoria over the last 32 days.



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


* 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) - was 9 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 4 yesterday


* 1 in the 2753 postcode ((Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks) - was 1 yesterday


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



COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 1 death in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury


NSW Health is reporting the death of a man in his 60s from Albury who died at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne. He was not vaccinated.


There have been 539 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.


At least 42 of the 539 have died at home, and of those 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


At least 86 of the 539 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were people who were fully vaccinated.


The 86 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 27 people in their 70s, 27 people in their 80s, 22 people in their 90s and 1 person in their 100s.


The large majority of the people who 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.


6.16 million of NSW's 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 86 of those that were fully vaccinated have died of the virus.


There are 269 patients with COVID (was 270 yesterday) in hospital, with 52 (55 yesterday) in ICU, 24 (27 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.


Of the 52 people in ICU: 1 is aged 0-9, 1 in their 20s, 3 in their 30s, 10 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s, 18 in their 60s, 6 in their 70s.


Of the 52 people in ICU: 41 were not vaccinated, 3 have received 1 dose, 8 are fully vaccinated.


There have been 70,961 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.



Vaccinated numbers - in NSW, by the end of today, November 7



16 years and over: 90.1% fully vaccinated and 93.96% first dose.


12-15 year olds: 70.6% fully vaccinated and 80.4% first dose.


16-19 year olds: 78.9% fully vaccinated and 90.3% first dose.


All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 75.8% fully vaccinated and 81.2% first dose.


All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 67.3% fully vaccinated and 75.2% first dose.



NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until November 6)


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

539 COVID deaths: 65.1% not vaccinated (351 people), 18.9% had received 1 dose (102 people), 16% were fully vaccinated (86 people).


1300 in ICU: 85.6% not vaccinated, 7.8% had received 1 dose, 4.5% were fully vaccinated


11,824 hospitalised: 85.6% not vaccinated, 8.2% had received 1 dose, 6.5% were fully vaccinated


70,961 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:

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





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