• Tony Bosworth


There were 48 new cases of COVID in the last 24 hours in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury.

Hawkesbury cases are up 5 and as usual we will attempt to give some more detail around the current local numbers later today, however...

When it comes to our suburb and postcode numbers, which we normally update every afternoon courtesy of numbers man Kevin Pollard, NSW Health appear once again to have dropped the ball and have not updated those numbers since Thursday, which we think is pretty poor.

The emphasis seems to be on numbers of people vaccinated, but we believe we should be able to access numbers of COVID cases in our area - it's not like the virus has suddenly stopped. We'll keep plugging away at that - we think it's important.

Premier Berejiklian said this morning that October is still likely to be when we will see the highest numbers of people in hospital.

"The best advice I have is that the rate of hospitalisation is slightly lower than we assumed, with the ICU numbers about what we assumed, so we are anticipating our worst weeks in ICU and hospitals will be in October . We are bracing for that and know that our health system is bracing for that and staff are ready for that,” she said.

NSW recorded 1083 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday night.

On the plus side, for those folks in the local government areas of concern - which does not include the Hawkesbury - restrictions are being eased so all LGAs across Greater Sydney, will have the same rules, except for restrictions around authorised workers.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning said the decision equalises the rules across the city.

Overall, though the rate of increase in cases seems to be stablising, and even may be coming down, the total number of COVID cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic sits at 51,797.

Thirteen people with COVID – nine men and four women - died in the last 24 hours.

One person was in their 40s, two people in their 50s, two people in their 60s, five people in their 70s, and three people in their 80s.

Five people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people were from Sydney’s inner city, one person was from southern Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.

Of the 13 people who died with COVID-19, nine people were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID-19 and two people – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both with underlying health conditions – had received two doses.

Two people died at home. A man in his 60s from northern Sydney who died at home was being cared for in the community by Northern Sydney LHD. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 40s from western Sydney died at home and his infection was diagnosed following his death. He was not vaccinated.

A woman in her 60s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital. Her death is linked to an outbreak at the Gallipoli Home aged care facility. This is the first death linked to this outbreak.

A woman in her 70s died at the Holy Spirit aged care facility in Dubbo. This is the second death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

There have been 241 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16, and 297 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 46,151 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are 1238 patients with COVID in hospital, with 234 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 99,782 COVID tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 120,954.

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