• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers Tuesday – no new Hawkesbury cases - 226,000 Aussies haven’t had second jab



Welcome to Tuesday 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 Monday evening.


Our thanks to Kevin for putting the numbers together and compiling the well researched 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 COVID cases in the Hawkesbury reported in the last 24 hours.

* There are 6 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 8 two days ago).

* There are 61 active COVID cases (was 73 two days ago) in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* There are 2864 active cases (was 2906 yesterday) in NSW.


* Of the 212 new NSW cases today (165, 195 cases on previous days) reported to 8pm, Monday, November 15 - five are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.


* In the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, there were 7 new cases yesterday, 6, 6, 9, 1, 5, 4, 3, 3, 6, 3, 14, 15, 3 cases on previous days.


* There were 67,893 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 50,453, 57,878, 58,915, 77,119, 77,009, 95,804 tests.


* Just over half - 115 of today’s 212 cases - are in Sydney (54.2%).


* With the vaccine rate slowing in NSW, 226,000 Australians haven't come forward for their second jab in the 6 to 12 week timeframe recommended after their first dose.


* Over 10,000 Australians have filed COVID vaccine injury claims. Services Australia will launch an online portal next month, for uncapped claims above $5000 from those who suffered rare but significant coronavirus vaccine injuries and loss of income due to their COVID vaccine, with compensation for medical costs and lost wages to be paid by the Federal Government, via taxpayers. The TGA has recorded over 80,000 adverse events linked to COVID vaccination in Australia.


* There are 9 new COVID cases in Katherine in the NT. They are all Indigenous people, ranging in age from 71 to a 16-year-old girl and 5-year-old twin girls. One woman in her 60s has been taken to Royal Darwin Hospital. Yesterday, NT recorded 2 new cases in Indigenous people in Katherine, sending the Katherine Greater Area and Robinson River into a 3 day lockdown which has been extended to November 22.


* Mask mandate returns for NT residents until this Monday amid fears the virus may have been seeded from Darwin to other areas. NT had recorded 26 local cases in the 22 month pandemic until three days ago and has now recorded 11 new cases in the last two days.


* New Zealand reports 222 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase on record for them.


* 41% of all the recorded 8866 COVID cases in NZ during the pandemic are people of Māori descent, Pacific Islanders 30% and people of Asian descent 6%. European/other is 21%. Pacific Islanders make up 40% of all cases that have been hospitalised, people of Māori descent 30%, Europeans/other 22% and people of Asian descent 5%.


* The NSW Perrottet government has approved plans to extend the state’s extraordinary COVID emergency powers until March 2023. Brad Hazzard and other ministers want it extended until October 2023.


* UK's definition of a fully-vaccinated person will change to account for booster shots, your third shot. UK PM Boris Johnson: "If we want to avoid new restrictions on our daily lives, we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible".


* Police had to be called to Cranebrook High School this morning after a protest involving around 30 people against COVID vaccinations turned ugly. The school has offered COVID vaccines to students, leading to a confrontation with those opposed to the move. One parent was arrested by police when he became aggressive.


*The school made it very clear that it was a choice - parents could choose to vaccinate their kids or not, it wasn't forced or mandatory.


There have been at least 359 temporary school closures (not all schools report) due to COVID in NSW since the beginning of Term 4 on October 5 (today is the 31st school day).


Victoria has recorded 797 new COVID cases plus 8 deaths after 860 cases yesterday. There have been 365 COVID deaths in Victoria over the last 41 days.



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


* 3 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks) - was 3 two days ago


* 2 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 4 two days ago


* 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 two days ago



COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 2 deaths in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury


NSW Health are today reporting the deaths of 2 men.


A man in his 70s died at Mercy Place aged care facility in Albury, where he acquired his infection. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions. There have been 10 deaths linked to an outbreak at this facility.


A man in his 70s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. He was fully vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.


There have been 560 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.


At least 42 of the 560 have died at home, and of those 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


At least 92 of the 560 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were people who were fully vaccinated.


The 92 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 29 people in their 70s, 30 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, and some had disabilities.


6.27 million of NSW’s 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 92 of those that were fully vaccinated died of the virus.


There are 210 patients with COVID (was 216 yesterday) in hospital, with 32 (32 yesterday) in ICU, 16 (16 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.


There have been 72,887 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 16


16 years and over: 91.41% fully vaccinated and 94.25% first dose.


12-15 year olds: 74.6% fully vaccinated and 80.9% first dose.


16-19 year olds: 80.4% fully vaccinated and 90.8% first dose.


All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 77.0% fully vaccinated and 80.1% first dose.


All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 70.0% fully vaccinated and 76.4% first dose.



NSW Covid vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until November 15)


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


560 COVID deaths: 64.5% not vaccinated (361 people), 19.1% had received 1 dose (107 people), 16.4% were fully vaccinated (92 people).


1331 in ICU: 81.6% not vaccinated, 10.8% had received 1 dose, 7.6% were fully vaccinated.


11,882 hospitalised: 76.5% not vaccinated, 13.1% had received 1 dose, 10.4% were fully vaccinated


72,887 cases: 72.9% not vaccinated, 14.3% had received 1 dose, 12.8% were fully vaccinated.


70% of all Australians (aged 0 and over) are fully vaccinated. This equates to 18.2 million people.



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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