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COVID by the numbers – Wednesday – 5 new Hawkesbury cases in 2756 postcode

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

* 5 new cases in the Hawkesbury - 3 of which are from an unknown source and not linked.

* There are 18 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 17 yesterday).

Of the 444 new NSW cases (was 360 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Tuesday, October 12 - 20 are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* NSW will reach 80% fully vaccinated (those aged 16 and over) by this Saturday, October 16, with more restrictions lifted the following Monday, October 18.

* Premier Perrottet flagged further relaxing of the rules this coming Monday, October 18 (households, capacity, gatherings etc) but there will be no regional travel from Greater Sydney (including for those living in the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Central Coast) until October 25. There will be an official announcement on Friday after a cabinet meeting.

* There were 88,988 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days: 88,988, 83,948, 86,155, 79,894, 103,388, 112,186, 90,680, 85,642 tests.

* NSW Health has revised the isolation period for close contacts of a COVID case from 14 days to 7 days for people who have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to their exposure to the virus.

* Vaccinated close contacts are now required to isolate for 7 days, if a test on the sixth day after exposure is negative. For the next 7 days, vaccinated close contacts must still work from home where practicable, not attend hospitality settings, hospitals, aged care facilities, childcare centres and schools.

* Fully vaccinated close contacts who were identified as a close contact before Monday October 11 may end their isolation either at the end of the previously advised period or at 11.59pm on Monday October 18, whichever comes first. This is provided they have had a negative result from a test on day 6 or later and have no COVID symptoms.

8 Close contacts who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or received their second vaccination within 14 days of their exposure must continue to isolate for the full 14-day period, regardless of their test result. All close contacts must get tested again on day 12.

* If your COVID test is positive, you will receive a notification directing you to the NSW Health Pathology Results Portal for further information and instructions. Previously, if you were COVID-positive someone from NSW Health called you with the results.

8 There was no COVID-specific health update again today for the third day in a row.

New COVID cases in the Hawkesbury by postcode

* 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)

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

* 11 in the 2756 postcode (Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, etc) - was 8 yesterday

* 4 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 4 yesterday

* 2 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks) - was 4 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

COVID deaths and hospital numbers – 4 deaths in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of four people – three men and one woman.

Three people were in their 70s, and one person in their 60s. Two were from south western Sydney and two from western Sydney.

Two were not vaccinated and two had received two doses of a COVID vaccine.

The two who had received two doses of a COVID vaccine:

- a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions who died at Nepean Hospital

- a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions who died at the Allity Beechwood Aged Care Facility in Revesby, where she acquired her infection. This is the seventh death linked to an outbreak at this aged care facility.

A man in his 70s from south western Sydney died at home. He tested positive to COVID following his death. He was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

There have been 450 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 41 of the 450 have died at home, and of those 22 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 62 of the 450 COVID-related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 were those that were fully vaccinated.

The 62 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 3 people in their 50s, 4 people in their 60s, 21 people in their 70s, 19 people in their 80s and 15 people in their 90s.

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

Just over 5 million (61.5%) of NSW's 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 62 of those that were fully vaccinated have died of the virus.

There are 716 COVID patients (was 766 yesterday) in hospital, with 150 (155 yesterday) people in ICU, 76 (74 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

There are 6044 active COVID cases (was 6308 yesterday) in NSW.

There have been 64,148 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, October 13

16 years and over: 77.7% fully vaccinated and 91.5% first dose.

12-15 year olds: 22.9% fully vaccinated and 73.1% first dose.

All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 61.5% fully vaccinated and 76.9% first dose.

All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 52.8% fully vaccinated and 70.1% first dose.

NSW Covid vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until October 12).

Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to September 25 and cases since.

450 COVID deaths: 69.1% not vaccinated (311 people), 17.1% had received 1 dose (77 people), 13.8% were fully vaccinated (62 people)

1097 in ICU: 84.2% not vaccinated, 11.2% had received 1 dose, 4.6% were fully vaccinated

8347 hospitalised: 80.6% not vaccinated, 10.7% had received 1 dose, 8.7% were fully vaccinated

64,148 cases: 78.4% not vaccinated, 13.0% had received 1 dose, 8.6% were fully vaccinated

Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for crunching the numbers.

Our source information - link to NSW Health figures:


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