• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers Thursday – no new Hawkesbury cases – Richmond High reopens tomorrow

Welcome to Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 cases in the Hawkesbury reported in the last 24 hours.

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

* Students return to Richmond High School (RHS) tomorrow – Friday – after the school was closed all day Thursday – it was open for those taking HSC exams – following a student testing positive for COVID.

* Parents have been informed in emails this evening from Relieving Principal Tara Cullen if their child is a close contact or clear of contact.

* If they are not a close contact, there is no need to isolate or test unless showing symptoms.

* Identified close contacts need to test and if clear today, back to school tomorrow with proof of test result, says the email from Ms Cullen.

* 304 NSW schools and 300 NSW childcare centres have temporarily closed due to COVID cases in the past month (since October 5). 64% of those schools were primary schools, where most students are not old enough to be vaccinated.

* In the past 7 days in Victoria and NSW, 26% and 23% of new cases were in children under 12 who are ineligible to be vaccinated. Many of these children would be at daycare, kindy or school.

* In the US, an estimated 940,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine - far higher than first thought.

* More children aged 0-19 have died of COVID in England in October this year than any past month of the pandemic. Plus, kids hospitalisations and Long Covid in children are at pandemic record highs.

* Here, 99.1% of the ACT's 12-15 year old population has now had at least 1 dose.

* There is only one new case of COVID reported in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury, in the last 24 hours.

* 387,000 people live in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (Penrith LGA, Hawkesbury LGA, Blue Mountains LGA and Lithgow LGA) and only 1 new case was recorded yesterday.

* The last time the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD recorded 1 new COVID case was on July 26 - 108 days ago.

* But there are still 67 active COVID cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* There are 2779 active COVID cases (was 2762 yesterday) in NSW.

* Of the 261 new NSW cases (216, 224, 187 cases on previous days) reported to 8pm, Wednesday, November 10 – only 1 is from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

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

* There were 77,009 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 95,804, 66,680, 52,939, 70,276, 72,350 & 80,581 tests.

* 137 of today's 261 new NSW cases were in Sydney. Outside of Sydney, 60 are from Hunter New England LHD, 30 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 30 are from Western Sydney LHD, 7 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 6 are from Northern NSW LHD and 6 are from Southern NSW LHD.

* There are fears restrictions, or even a lockdown, could return in QLD after the state recorded 2 new local COVID cases today and 3 new local cases yesterday.

* Germany reports 45,416 new coronavirus cases, by far the biggest one-day increase on record (previous record daily high was 35,806 on November 5, 2021), and 245 new deaths (1,249 deaths on December 29, 2020 was their peak). Germany is 67.4% fully vaccinated (aged 0 and over), Australia is 68.3% fully vaccinated (aged 0 and over).

* The German state of Bavaria has declared a state of disaster due to a surge in COVID cases. Many hospitals already have no or very limited capacity.

* Germany's Health Minister has publicly blamed the unvaccinated and anti-vaxxers for the soaring cases, describing the current situation as a "pandemic of the unvaccinated". German doctors say nearly half of the people who end up in ICU will die.

* Austria reports 11,398 new coronavirus cases and Slovakia reports 7055 new coronavirus cases - both the biggest one-day increases on record.

* Russia reports 1239 new coronavirus deaths, the biggest one-day increase on record.

* Victoria has recorded 1313 new COVID cases plus 4 deaths after 1003 cases yesterday. There have been 335 COVID deaths in Victoria over the last 36 days.

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

* 5 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

* 4 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 – 1 death in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is today reporting the death of a woman in her 60s from south-western Sydney at Sutherland Hospital. She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

There have been 554 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 42 of the 554 have died at home, and of those, 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 88 of the 554 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were people who were fully vaccinated.

The 88 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 27 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.

6.25 million of NSW’s 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 88 of those that were fully vaccinated died of the virus.

There are 228 patients with COVID (was 235 yesterday) in hospital, with 40 (41 yesterday) in ICU, 16 (17 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

There have been 71,817 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 11

16 years and over: 90.4% fully vaccinated and 94.04% first dose.

12-15 year olds: 72.6% fully vaccinated and 80.5% first dose.

16-19 year olds: 79.8% fully vaccinated and 90.4% first dose.

All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 76.2% fully vaccinated and 79.6% first dose.

All the 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 68.3% fully vaccinated and 75.6% first dose.

NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until November 10)

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

554 COVID deaths: 65% not vaccinated (360 people), 19.1% had received 1 dose (106 people), 15.9% were fully vaccinated (88 people).

1313 in ICU: 85.6% not vaccinated, 7.8% had received 1 dose, 4.5% were fully vaccinated

11,848 hospitalised: 85.8% not vaccinated, 8.1% had received 1 dose, 6.4% were fully vaccinated

71,817 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:


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