• Kevin Pollard & Tony Bosworth

COVID update - 272 new Hawkesbury cases, 2148 active includes over 1000 in 2756 Windsor postcode

Updated: Jan 14



Welcome to Thursday evening and the daily update of COVID numbers across our region.

There were 92,264 NSW cases in total reported to 8pm last night (61,387 of them RATs and 30,877 PCR).


The Rapid Antigen Tests – so the ones you do at home – are positive results, mostly from January 1 onwards (some are from before Jan 1) and they are not itemised in today’s figures. In other words, we don’t know where those positive RATs are, which is not a lot of help. Having said that, some people who tested positive on Jan 1 may well be recovered now, so those numbers are perhaps not too representative. Still, a large number. Hopefully NSW Health start itemising their locations.


The PCR tests (the nose and throat swabs) show 1554 new cases overnight in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.


And thanks once again to our good friend Kevin Pollard who has crunched the day’s COVID numbers so we have an excellent overview here of the Hawkesbury situation, and further afield too, giving our readers a very detailed picture.



Today’s Hawkesbury headline numbers:



*272 new COVID cases reported in the Hawkesbury in the last 24 hours after 157, 304, 204, 236, 208, 165, 159 new cases on previous days.


* 144 of today’s cases are linked, so 128 of them have no known source.


* There are 2148 active Hawkesbury cases (was 1985 yesterday).



New Hawkesbury COVID PCR cases in the last 24 hours and postcodes they are in:



* 125 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)


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


* 27 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes)


* 21 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness)


* 4 in the 2757 postcode (Kurmond)


* 2 in the 2775 postcode (Lower Macdonald, St Albans)



Total active COVID PCR cases in the Hawkesbury as of 8pm January 12 - and postcodes they are in:


* 1160 in the 2756 postcode (Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, etc) - was 1071 yesterday


* 577 in the 2753 postcode (Richmond, Londonderry, Grose Vale, etc) - was 530 yesterday


* 200 in the 2758 postcode (Bilpin, East Kurrajong, etc) - was 188 yesterday


* 187 in the 2754 postcode (North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) - was 175 yesterday


* 23 in the 2775 postcode (Lower Macdonald, St Albans) - was 22 yesterday


* 20 in the 2757 postcode (Kurmond) - was 17 yesterday



Home and global headlines:

* There were 30,877 new NSW PCR COVID cases (34,759, 25,870, 20,293, 30,062 cases on previous days) in NSW reported to 8pm, Wednesday, January 12.


* There were 92,264 cases in total reported to 8pm last night (61,387 RAT and 30,877 PCR).


* There were 61,387 RATs reported up until 8pm yesterday (Wednesday), the first day of the new reporting system. These test results are from 1 January, with 50,729 of these positive tests from the last 7 days and 10,658 prior to that and RATs that were taken before January 1.


* There were 78,000 positive RATs reported online in NSW from 9am to midnight yesterday.


* There have been 108,000 RATs reported from 9am yesterday until as of 4pm today from RATs from January 1 until today.


* There were 88,164 PCR COVID-19 processed tests to 8pm last night, compared with the previous days of 134,411, 71,325, 84,333, 98,986 tests.


* 35.02% of the 88,164 PCR COVID-19 tests were positive (30,877).


* The positivity rates on previous days were 25.86%, 36.27%, 24.06%, 30.37%, 38.57%.


* Reported cases in NSW over the last 5 weeks have been approximately 85% Omicron and 15% Delta.


* NSW Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said today Omicron is now about 90% of all NSW COVID cases.


* 75% of the 182 people in ICU in NSW have Omicron (137 people) and 25% Delta (45 people).


* Of the 2383 in hospital in NSW, it's approximately 80% Omicron (1907), 20% Delta (476).


* Another pandemic record for deaths in Australia in a 24 hour period - 57 today. Previous pandemic record was 40 yesterday.


* Close contact isolation exemptions set to be available to industries include the transport, freight and logistic sectors, including those at service stations, all health, welfare, care and support, emergency services - including law enforcement, correctional services - energy resources, water and waste management, food, beverage and other critical goods supply, not including hospitality, plus telecommunications, data, broadcasting and media, education and childcare, the PM has announced post National Cabinet.


* He says it will also extend to education and childcare, but he will speak further on this.


* PM also announces fully vaccinated backpackers allowed back into Australia under Work and Holiday visas.


* The pharmacy rollout of free RATs to concession card holders will start from January 24. 10 total tests over 3 months, with a maximum of 5 a month.


* PM Morrison has conceded Omicron is more severe than Delta due to the much larger case load. While Omicron is mild compared to Delta on a case-by-case basis, it is more infectious and this current super-outbreak is resulting in record hospitalisations and deaths. He says it’s simple maths: more infections means more deaths, even with a less serious variant.


* PM also said 'Schools open means... groceries are on the shelves. That's what schools opens mean'


* There are currently 460 childcare centres shut down across the country as a result of COVID outbreaks – with the vast majority of closures occurring in NSW.


* It's now mandatory to report RATs in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA with 'possible' fines of $1000 in NSW and SA and $901 in VIC.


* NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello conceded today that the new mandate, requiring people to report their positive rapid antigen test results will be "almost impossible to police." They face a $1000 fine for failing to do so.


* WHO experts have warned that repeating booster doses of the original COVID vaccines is not a viable strategy against emerging variants and called for new jabs that better protect against transmission.


* Pfizer say their Omicron-specific vaccine won't be available for 3 months, around mid April 2022. Let's hope Australia places an order in advance!


* US reports 908,916 new COVID cases, biggest one-day increase on record without a backlog.


* Germany reports 80,430 new COVID cases, the most since the pandemic began.



Current NSW COVID cases in hospital, in ICU, and on a ventilator, plus vaxx status:


In hospital: 2383 (was 2242, 2186, 2030, 1927 on previous days) - 69.9% fully or triple vaccinated, 2.5% one dose, 27.6% not vaccinated.

In ICU: 182 (175, 170, 159, 151 on previous days) - 49.6% fully or triple vaccinated, 1.2% one dose, 49.2% not vaccinated.

On ventilators: 60 (55, 51, 47, 38 on previous days) - 49.6% fully or triple vaccinated, 1.2% one dose, 49.2% not vaccinated.


There were 166 people in hospital 29 days ago - 2383 today.


There were 21 people in ICU 29 days ago - 182 today.


There were 7 on ventilator 28 days ago - 60 today.



NSW COVID deaths – pandemic high of 22 today – none in the Hawkesbury:


NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 22 people with COVID; 13 men and 9 women.


1 person was aged in their 60s, 8 were aged in their 70s, 7 were aged in their 80s, 5 in their 90s and 1 aged 100+.


14 were fully vaccinated and 8 were not vaccinated.


There have been 122 COVID deaths in NSW in the last 9 days (22, 21, 11, 18, 16, 9, 11, 6 and 8 deaths).


There have been 745 COVID-related deaths in NSW since this Delta/Omicron outbreak started on June 16, 2021.


At least 46 of the 745 have died at home, and of those, 46 didn't know they had COVID at the time of death.


212 of the 745 COVID-related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 were people fully vaccinated.


533 of those who died were unvaccinated or had one dose of a vaccine.


The 212 deaths among people fully vaccinated - 1 in their 20s, 7 people in their 50s, 6 people in their 60s, 67 people in their 70s, 72 people in their 80s, 50 people in their 90s and 2 person in their 100s. *4 people in their 80s and 3 people in their 90s had received their booster shots.


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.


Vaccinated percentages across age groups:

In NSW, by the end of today, January 13:


16 years and over: 93.84% fully vaccinated and 95.20% first dose.


12-15 year olds: 78.55% fully vaccinated and 81.80% first dose.


16-19 year olds: 84.6% fully vaccinated and 91.6% first dose.


All 8.2 million NSW residents (aged 0 and over): 79.9% fully vaccinated and 80.4% first dose.


All 25.67 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 77.74% fully vaccinated and 80.65% first dose.


Third jabs: Of all 25.67 million Australian residents (aged 0 and over): 17.90% have had 3 jabs (was 15.77% yesterday).


4,596,200 third (booster) doses have been administered in Australia. A record 254,112 boosters were administered yesterday.


Your third dose starts to work even faster than previous doses. The immune response begins to build within a week of vaccination.


198,200 childrens’ doses have been given in Australia by the end of today. It's 8 weeks between doses. There are 2.25 million children aged 5 to 11. 71% of 5-11 doses have been delivered in Primary Care (GPs and Pharmacies).


5-11 year olds in Australia: 0.00% fully vaccinated and 8.82% first dose.



NSW COVID vaccination status (of cases during Delta outbreak from June 16 until January 13, 2022).


Vaccination status numbers between June 16, 2021 and January 12, 2022 based on NSW Health Surveillance Reports to January 9 and cases since.

745 COVID deaths: 0.13% not eligible for vaccination as aged 0-11 years (1), 55.0% not vaccinated (410 people), 15.4% had received 1 dose (115 people), 28.4% were fully vaccinated (212 people), 1% were fully vaccinated with 3 doses ie triple vaccinated (7)


1874 in ICU: 1.1% not eligible for vaccination as aged 0-11 years, 64.4% not vaccinated, 4.2% had received 1 dose, 30.3% were fully vaccinated.


10,834 hospitalised: 4.8% not eligible for vaccination as aged 0-11 years, 41.6% not vaccinated, 3.8% had received 1 dose, 49.8% were fully vaccinated.


561,477 cases: 18.9% not eligible for vaccination as aged 0-11 years, 12.0% not vaccinated, 4.2% had received 1 dose, 64.9% were fully vaccinated.



How we compare today:


Australia records 150,686 cases after 103,689, 90,832, 71,273, 99,652, 116,032 on previous days. On December 9, 2021 Australia recorded 1651 new cases.


NSW - 92,264 new cases (61,387 RAT & 30,877 PCR), 337,818 active, 2383 in hospital (+141) and 182 in ICU (+7) plus 22 deaths - 35.02% positive rate (PCR)

VIC - 37,169 new cases (16,843 PCR and 20,326 RAT), 221,726 active, 953 in hospital (+7) and 111 in ICU (-1) plus 25 deaths - 26.99% positive rate (PCR)

QLD - 14,914 new cases (12,102 PCR and 2,812 RAT) - 145,294 active, 555 in hospital (+30) and 26 in ICU (-4) plus 6 deaths - 35.75% positive rate (PCR)

SA - 3669 new cases - (2841 PCR and 828 RAT) - 32,516 active, 225 in hospital (+35) and 26 in ICU (+5) - plus 4 deaths - 15.35% positive rate (PCR)

TAS - 1100 new cases (253 PCR and 847 RAT) - 7969 active, 23 in hospital (+1) and 0 in ICU (0) - 10.45% positive rate (PCR)

ACT - 1020 new cases - 5004 active, 24 in hospital (+1) and 3 in ICU (0) - 21.43% positive rate

NT - 550 new cases (236 PCR and 214 RAT) - 2,905 active, 24 in hospital (-4) and 1 in ICU (0) - 12.33% positive rate (PCR)

WA - 2 new cases - 105 active, 0 in hospital (0) and 0 in ICU (0)


Australia - 150,686 new cases, 57 new deaths, 753,430 active, 4188 in hospital (+178), 350 (+2) in ICU, 107 (+5) on a ventilator.




Big thanks to Kevin Pollard for the research and 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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