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COVID by the numbers – Thursday – 1 new Hawkesbury case - Scandinavia cautions on Moderna

Welcome to Thursday evening and the latest in-depth Hawkesbury numbers and COVID local news – the numbers are up to 8pm on Wednesday 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:

* 1 new case in the Hawkesbury – linked to other cases.

* There are 32 active in the Hawkesbury (was 40 yesterday).

* Of the 587 new NSW cases (was 594 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Wednesday, October 6 - 20 (was 33 yesterday, 28, 15, 42 the days before that) are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* There are 419 active cases (was 451 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD

* Today there are 7868 (was 8211) active cases in NSW.

* Three Scandinavian countries have suspended or discouraged the use of Moderna’s COVID vaccine in young people because of an increased risk of chest pain and heart inflammation (myocarditis). Myocarditis is a very rare side effect associated with the shot.

* Sweden has suspended the use of Moderna for those under 30, Denmark for those under 18 and Norway urged those under 30 to get the Pfizer instead.

* Meanwhile, the first Moderna vaccine administered in NSW for 12-17 year olds was on September 19, and for 18-59 year olds on September 4.

* Effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to data from the UK's well-respected medical journal The Lancet.

* There were 112,186 NSW COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days' - 90,680, 85,642, 76,892, 88,210, 98,266 and 112,334 tests.

Better today, but still low testing numbers in NSW compared to the 110,000 to 311,000 tests each day since late July until last week.

* There have been 61,199 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 7 of those aged 16 and over:

70.9% fully vaccinated and 90.1% first dose.

65.6% of 12-15 year olds in NSW have already had one dose and 11.2% are fully vaccinated after the first Pfizer vaccine was administered in NSW for 12-15 year old's on September 13, and Moderna on September 19. The first dose rate for 12-15 year olds is increasing by between 2.2% and 2.8% each day.

Hawkesbury postcodes with new cases in the last 24 hours

* 1 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)

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

* 20 in the 2756 postcode (Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, etc) - was 22 yesterday

* 6 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks) - was 11 yesterday

* 5 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 6 yesterday

* 1 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness) - was 1 yesterday

NSW Covid vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until October 7)

Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to September 18 and cases since.

405 deaths: 70.1% not vaccinated (284 people), 16.8% had received 1 dose (68 people), 13.1% were fully vaccinated (53 people)

837 in ICU: 77.3% not vaccinated, 16.8% had received 1 dose, 6.0% were fully vaccinated

7585 hospitalised: 72.1% not vaccinated, 15.5% had received 1 dose, 12.4% were fully vaccinated

61,199 cases: 63.2% not vaccinated, 21.6% had received 1 dose, 15.2% were fully vaccinated

COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 8 deaths in the last 24 hours - none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 8 people who had COVID – 5 men and 3 women.

One person was in their 20s, one person in their 50s, two people were in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, and two people were in their 80s.

Three people were from south western Sydney, two people from western Sydney, one person was from south eastern Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s inner city, and one person was from Wellington in western NSW.

Five people were not vaccinated, one person had received one dose, and two people with underlying health conditions were fully vaccinated.

Two people – a man in his 20s from western Sydney and a woman in her 80s from south eastern Sydney – died at home and tested positive to COVID after their deaths.

A man in his 70s from south western Sydney died after acquiring his infection at Campbelltown Hospital. This is the fourth death linked to this outbreak.

There have been 405 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 39 of the 405 have died at home and of those, 22 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 53 of the COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were fully vaccinated.

The 53 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 2 people in their 50s, 3 people in their 60s, 18 people in their 70s, 17 people in their 80s and 13 people in their 90s.

The large majority of the people that were fully vaccinated and died of COVID had underlying health issues, and over half had significant health issues.

There are 911 people with COVID (was 959 yesterday) in hospital, with 181 (188 yesterday) people in ICU, 85 (93 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

There are a further 3900 COVID patients being cared for in the community (mostly at home) via 'hospital grade care'.

Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for crunching the numbers.

Our source information - link to NSW Health figures:


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