• Tony Bosworth

COVID by the numbers – zero new Hawkesbury cases – only 5 new cases in our local health district

Welcome to Wednesday afternoon and our in-depth Hawkesbury numbers and COVID local news.

Just a note - we should have got this one up last night, but the Council meeting ate into our time, so the numbers here are up to 8pm on Monday night. We’ll have another report up later this afternoon or early evening for the numbers up to 8pm on Tuesday.

This round-up of Hawkesbury COVID numbers is 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:

* Zero new COVID cases recorded in the Hawkesbury

* There are 12 active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury (was 18 yesterday)

* Of the 282 new NSW cases (was 294 yesterday) reported to 8pm, Monday, October 25 - 5 are from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

* There are 160 active cases (was 188 yesterday) in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD

* There are 4388 active cases (was 4515 yesterday) in NSW.

* There were 71,352 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 59,612, 66,740, 64,118, 76,594, 86,235, 88,664 tests.

* GPs across Australia are increasingly seeing people seek medical exemptions so they don’t need to get vaccinated.

* Royal Australian College of GPs: "It is very rare for people to have the necessary medical conditions for a medical exemption for all COVID-19 vaccines. Anxiety and vaccine hesitancy do not entitle individuals to a medical exemption."

*New research, conducted by consumer group CHOICE has revealed that only 23% of Australians feel confident in making travel plans in the next 12 months.

* NSW announces expansion of $100 Learn To Swim voucher program:

From November 1, families with preschool and kindy age children will be able to redeem $100 to put towards swimming classes. Previously, the program had only been for preschool aged children.

* There have been at least 119 temporary school closures due to COVID in NSW since the beginning of Term 4 on October 5 (16 school days).

* At least 31 schools in the Albury/Wodonga cross border area have closed due to the outbreak down there. Only schools on the NSW side are counted in the 119 number above.

* Not all schools have reported closures so this number could be higher. There are 3107 primary and high schools in NSW (Government, Catholic & Independent).

* No numbers on daycare/childcare centres or before or after school care centres closing in the last 16 school days due to COVID cases.

* NSW Health said today, for the third time in the last four days, that there has been transmission of the virus (of those that are fully vaccinated) in bars and gyms.

* South Australia will open their borders to all states and territories on November 23 when at 80% double dosed. For double vaccinated people only.

* WA Premier Mark McGowan has indicated Western Australia's border reopening with NSW and Victoria could occur as late as June 2022.

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

* 6 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 12 yesterday

* 5 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness) - was 5 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 – 1 death in the last 24 hours – none in the Hawkesbury

NSW Health is today reporting the death of a man in his 80s from Wollongong who died at Wollongong Hospital. He was not vaccinated.

There have been 505 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta outbreak started on June 16.

At least 42 of the 505 have died at home and of those, 24 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.

At least 77 of the 505 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16 were fully vaccinated.

The 77 deaths among people fully vaccinated were 4 people in their 50s, 5 people in their 60s, 25 people in their 70s, 23 people in their 80s and 20 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, almost a quarter were in palliative care, some had disabilities.

5.78 million of NSW's 8.2 million residents are fully vaccinated, 77 of those that were fully vaccinated died of the virus.

There are 457 patients with COVID (was 474 yesterday) in hospital, with 109 (116 yesterday) people in ICU, 57 (57 yesterday) of whom require ventilation.

Of the 109 in ICU: 86 aren't vaccinated, 17 have received one dose, 6 are fully vaccinated.

There have been 68,198 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

Vaccinated numbers - in NSW, by the end of October 26

16 years and over: 86.0% fully vaccinated and 93.5% first dose.

12-15 year olds: 54.8% fully vaccinated and 78.5% first dose.

16-19 year olds: 73.5% fully vaccinated and 88.4% first dose.

All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 72.3% fully vaccinated and 79.7% first dose.

All 25.9 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 61.8% fully vaccinated and 73.4% first dose.

NSW Covid vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until October 25)

Based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to October 9, and cases since.

505 COVID deaths: 66.7% were not vaccinated (337 people), 18.0% had received 1 dose (91 people), 15.3% were fully vaccinated (77 people).

1138 in ICU: 84.0% not vaccinated, 11.2% had received 1 dose, 4.8% were fully vaccinated

8342 hospitalised: 80.4% not vaccinated, 11.1% had received 1 dose, 8.5% were fully vaccinated

68,198 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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