• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers Wed – zero new Hawkesbury cases – 1000s of NSW teachers still need to be vaxxed


Welcome to Wednesday 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 Sunday evening.

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:


* Zero new COVID cases in the last 24 hours in the Hawkesbury

* There are 10 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 11 yesterday)


* There are 106 active COVID cases (was 103 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* Of the 190 new NSW cases (was 173 yesterday and 135 the day before) reported to 8pm, Tuesday, November 2 - 15 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.


* There have been at least 229 temporary school closures due to COVID in NSW since the beginning of Term 4 on October 5 (today is the 22nd school day).


* Meanwhile, the NSW Department of Education has hired 30 investigators to deal with the thousands of public school teachers who have flouted new employment conditions under health orders requiring them to be fully vaccinated by November 8 to keep their jobs. Some have left it to the last minute, with 1100 more vaccination confirmations in the last 36 hours, leaving 3800 teachers yet to notify NSW Department of Education.


* In the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, there were 3 cases yesterday, 8, 3, 6, 13, 11, 9, 5, 9, 13, 6, 15, 10, 13, 27 on previous days.


* There are 3180 active COVID cases (was 3331 yesterday) in NSW.


* There were 114,303 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 58,988, 62,857, 75,378, 77,271, 82,840, 89,678, 89,875, 71,352 and 59,612 tests.


* The 114,303 COVID tests reported today was the highest amount of tests since 30 September when 120,993 tests were reported.


* 0.17% of today’s tests in NSW came back positive (190 cases from 114,303 tests).


* It's the lowest positivity rate in 130 days since July 26 when 151 cases were detected from 98,158 tests. The positivity rate was 0.15%.


* NSW Treasurer Matt Kean says he won’t rule out the reintroduction of COVID restrictions in NSW if cases surge.


* Premier Dominic Perrottet said today COVID cases and hospitalisations would rise again but said we needed to learn to live alongside the virus.


* Fully vaccinated close contacts of cases are no longer barred from NSW pubs, sporting matches, concerts after 7 days of isolation and testing negative on day 6. They have been asked to not visited aged care centres, hospitals, schools and childcare for a further 7 days after their initial 7 days of isolation.


* NSW Health have forbidden vaccinated international travellers flying into Sydney from visiting a restaurant, pub or a sporting match, as well as 'high risk settings', until they return a negative test on day 7.


* 17 Australians flew in from Poland to Sydney Airport with Emirates Airlines. Claimed to be fully vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik vaccine - which is not recognised by the TGA for the purposes of entry into Australia. All were sent immediately into hotel quarantine where they’ll spend 14 days at their own cost. It’s a good sign the system is working.



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 6 yesterday



* 4 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 – 4 deaths in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury


NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 4 people – 2 women and 2 men.


One person was in their 50s, one person in their 60s, one in their 70s, and one in their 80s.


Two people were from western Sydney, one person was from south-western Sydney, and one person was from Queanbeyan.


Three were not vaccinated and one person, a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions, was fully vaccinated.


There have been 528 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.


At least 42 of the 528 have died at home, and of those 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


At least 83 of the 528 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were of fully vaccinated people.


The 83 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 27 people in their 70s, 25 people in their 80s, 21 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, some had disabilities.


6.14 million of NSW's 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 83 of those that were fully vaccinated have died of the virus.


There are 309 patients with COVID (was 333 yesterday) in hospital, with 68 (72 yesterday) people in ICU, 32 (35 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.


There have been 69,882 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 3

16 years and over: 88.9% fully vaccinated and 93.9% first dose.


12-15 year olds: 66.6% fully vaccinated and 80.0% first dose.


16-19 year olds: 77.7% fully vaccinated and 89.8% first dose.


All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 75.0% fully vaccinated and 80.8% first dose.


All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 65.6% fully vaccinated and 74.8% first dose.



NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until November 2)

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

528 COVID deaths: 65.5% were not vaccinated (346 people), 18.8% had received 1 dose (99 people), 15.7% were fully vaccinated (83 people).


1288 in ICU: 85.6% not vaccinated, 7.8% had received 1 dose, 4.5% were fully vaccinated


11,788 hospitalised: 85.6% not vaccinated, 8.2% had received 1 dose, 6.5% were fully vaccinated


69,882 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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