• Tony Bosworth

COVID update – Friday – cases almost triple in 7 days across the Hawkesbury



We haven’t put up a COVID update recently (the last one was back in January) and if you aren’t fussed, or think we’ve all moved on, please scroll on by, but the numbers we are seeing are very interesting and shouldn’t be ignored, especially as NSW hospital admissions with the virus show a large percentage are triple vaccinated.


Our good friend and numbers guru, Kevin Pollard, is still tracking the numbers daily and he alerted us to the latest for the Hawkesbury, which show 301 new cases in the last 24 hours, so almost a tripling in 7 days.


That number compares with previous days’ numbers of 284, 186, 180, 125, 122 and 111.


Those numbers are both RATs (the do-it-at-home tests) and PCRs (visiting a clinic and getting a swab).


Kevin also points to over 170,00 reported COVID cases in NSW schools since they went back in January.


There are a total of 1836 active cases of COVID in the Hawkesbury today, compared with 1655 yesterday.


Of NSW hospital numbers for COVID, there are 1182 (1180, 1162, 1177, 1163, 1124 on previous days) people admitted to hospital.


What’s interesting is 72.8% of those in hospital are fully or triple vaccinated, 2.3% have had one dose, and 24.9% are not vaccinated.


Of course, the percentage of people who are not vaccinated overall is relatively small now, so that would be reflected in those numbers, to a degree.


There are 43 people in ICU (43, 44, 41, 34, 33 on previous days) – and 58.4% are fully or triple vaccinated, 1.4% have had one dose, and 40.2% are not vaccinated.


15 (14, 13, 13, 15, 15 on previous days) are on ventilation - 58.4% are fully or triple vaccinated, 1.4% one dose, 40.2% not vaccinated


If you’re fully vaccinated, and aged 16 or over, the likelihood of you dying of COVID in NSW is 1 in 6386, while if you are unvaccinated the odds are 1 in 507 – a very large difference.


NSW Health have always made it clear that most who die from COVID do have underlying health conditions – and the risk increases with age too – and they have a definitive list now of common ‘underlying health issues’ which are:

Being in palliative care, many were elderly and in aged care facilities, some had cancer, disabilities, heart or valvular disease, obesity, chronic lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, rheumatological and auto-immune diseases, obstructive sleep apnea, significant mental health illness and chronic neurological disorders.




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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