THURS COVID UPDATE - HAWKESBURY CASES RISE BY 17 - NEW NSW CASES 1405 - RECOVERY ROADMAP
Although not in the Hawkesbury LGA, just a mention that nearby Londonderry Early Learning Centre, on Kenmare Road is temporarily closed due to a person being there with COVID.
Active cases in the Hawkesbury rose by 17 cases in the last 24 hours to give us 183 active cases. This is the second highest daily rise - the biggest was 18 on September 4.
Parts of regional NSW are coming out of lockdown on Saturday and the Premier said once the state has got to 70% fully vaccinated restrictions will be loosened - though not completely lifted - the Monday after that 70% is reached.
At the moment, 42.5% of residents over 16 are fully vaccinated, so there's still some time to get to 70%.
Once we open up, at any stage if there is concentration of the virus in any area, NSW Health will restrict movement and give advice so there is not a surge.
At 80% double dose vaccination further freedoms like international travel will be possible, sad the Premier.
There are currently 202 people in ICU and they span the age range, said Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant.
There were 5 deaths due to COVID in the las 24 hours.
A man in his 80s from north-western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital. He was a resident of an aged care home in Penrith. The man had 2 doses of vaccine but also had underlying health issues.
A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital.
A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
A man in his 80s from south-western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.
A woman in her 40s from south-western Sydney, died at Liverpool Hospital.
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