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17 new cases - the Shoalhaven's worst day

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The Shoalhaven has recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases yet, with 17 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

Six of the new cases live in the 2540 postcode, the remaining 11 are from the 2541 area.

Five are linked to known cases, while investigations into the other 12 cases are continuing.

They were among 96 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

That includes 64 from the Wollongong Local Government Area, with 12 of those linked to known cases, and 15 from the Shellharbour area of which four are linked to known cases.

There were also six new cases reported in the Southern Highlands for the 24 hours, bringing the Wingecarribee Shire's total to 54 since June.

At 8pm last night there was one COVID patient being treated at Shoalhaven Hospital, and 35 in Wollongong Hospital.

NSW recorded 864 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 15 people with COVID passed away.

 

A woman attacked after asking a shop customer to wear a face mask at Bomaderry

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A man has been charged after allegedly attacking a female shop worker after he refused to wear a face mask in a shop.

Police allege the man entered a store on Lyndhurst Drive, Bomaderry, without a face mask on.

The man was asked by a staff member to put on a mask to comply with COVID-19 regulations before he placed his motorcycle helmet on.

He was again asked to put on a mask before he allegedly became aggressive and hit two panels of glass at the front of the store, causing them to smash.

The man left the store and was followed outside by a staff member, where they were involved in a verbal altercation before the man allegedly tackled the 50-year-old female employee to the ground.

A nearby witness attempted to stop the man, but he fled the scene on his motorcycle.

The woman was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District were notified and following inquiries, stopped the motorcycle on Meroo Road, Bomaderry, and arrested the 19-year-old rider.

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He was taken to Nowra Police Station before being taken to hospital for assessment.

He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess a prohibited drug, destroy or damage property, and not wear a fitted face-covering in a business or retail premises.

He has been bailed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.

Images: Supplied 

 

 

Additional COVID-19 cases reported in the Shoalhaven and South Coast

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NSW Health has confirmed another two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Illawarra Health district website said the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson could not provide details of what town or villages those cases are located at or whether they had been active in the community.

The two additional COVID-19 positives bring to four the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven after South Coast MP Shelly Hancock confirmed two positive cases in the Nowra area on Friday.

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Bega MP Andrew Constance today said via social media there had been one COVID-19 positive case confirmed in the Batemans Bay area.

Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat and
  • shortness of breath.

New pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing clinics have been opened at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive Through Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry NSW 2541

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Huskisson Southern IML Drive Through Clinic

Huskisson Scout Hall Carpark

Kioloa Street, Huskisson 2540

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Sussex Inlet Histopath - Drive-through Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre

21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet

8am – 4pm – 7 days

For additional COVID-19 advice visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health Facebook Page 

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Another 10 COVID cases in Shoalhaven

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There have been another 10 COVID-19 cases detected in the Shoalhaven in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.

Six of the cases are people living in the 2540 postcode area, while the other four are from the 2541 area.

Five of the new detections are linked to known cases.

They were among 72 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours.

Of those 49 are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area  including 18 linked to known cases, and 13 are residents of Shellharbour LGA - six of whom are linked to known cases.

There were no new cases in the Kiama area.

There was sadly one death in the Wollongong area, who passed away at Wollongong Hospital.

Across the state there were 813 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths related to the virus.

The Shoalhaven has now had 162 COVID-19 cases detected in the past 30 days.

 

 

Another six cases in the Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has recorded six more COVID-19 cases for the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday - two of them linked to known cases.

Four of the new cases were among people living in the 2540 area, the other two were in the 2541 postcode.

There were no new cases in the Kiama Local Government area, among 38 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 15 from Shellharbour and 17 from Wollongong.

A total of 38 COVID-19 patients remain in Wollongong Hospital.

The 38 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm Monday bring the district's total to 2139 since the latest outbreak began in June.

NSW Health has reminded people to remain vigilant for symptoms and get tested if any appear, no matter how mild.

Symptoms include cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

People with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

NSW Health says high rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and preventing further spread of COVID-19 in the community  

Another two COVID-19 venues of concern listed in the Shoalhaven

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NSW Health has named another two Coronavirus venues of concern in the Shoalhaven.

PETstock South Nowra at 2/142 Princes Highway is listed.

If you were at this venue on Wednesday, September 15 2021 between 9 am and 9.35 am then you should get tested immediately.

NSW Health advises you should self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Australia Post at Shop 20, 73 Meroo Street Bomaderry has also been listed as a Coronavirus venue of concern.

If you were at this location on Monday, September 20 2021 between 1 pm and 1.30 pm you should get tested immediately.

NSW Health advises you should also self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Visit the NSW Health website for other venues of concern notifications and further advice on COVID-19 precautions and testing sites.

Images: NSW Health

 

Aunty Violet calls Shoalhaven indigenous community to action over COVID

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Aboriginal social worker, Aunty Violet Green, has spent a long time working in and around health services.

And as part of her continued involvement in health issues, the Walbunga woman of the Yuin nation has issued a plea for members of the Shoalhaven's Indigenous community to take all possible precautions to protect themselves against COVID.

In a video posted to social media, Aunty Violet appears with South Coast Police District Commander Greg Moore to ask people to alter their behaviour.

"Take the opportunity to get the vaccine," Aunty Violet said.

"It saves people's lives, and you don't know whose life it could be saving - it could be your family, it could be your mob, the people you work with, it could be your best friend.

"Our mob's important, and we also know that we spread the virus by moving around unnecessarily, so please, I just ask you to stay home and please get vaccinated and if you're unwell please get tested."

 

Bomaderry school locked down after COVID alert

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There are doubts about whether Bomaderry Public School will be open when students start to return on Monday.

The school has been closed today (Friday) for cleaning and contact tracing after a school community member tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff and students have been asked to self-isolate and follow NSW Health advice and protocols.

NSW Education says parents will be contacted when the school is able to re-open.

In the meantime NSW Health has asked anyone who has been unwell who develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, muscle or joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.  

Image: Glenn Ellard

Bong Bong Picnic Races postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the iconic Bong Bong Picnic Races for a second year running.

Chairman of the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club Simon Parks issued a statement to members today stating, due to the ongoing COVID situation and the existing Southern Highlands lockdown, the Board of the Bong Bong Picnic Races have regretfully decided to postpone this year's Picnic Race day that was to be held on Friday 19th of November. 

He said "We are currently seeking a new date to race in early 2022 from Racing NSW and hope to be able to confirm this by the end of October.

"The board is committed to trying to find a way to hold the race day on an alternative date in early 2022 and we thank members for their ongoing support. 

"We will be in touch as soon as we have any news," he said.

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The Picnic race meeting was cancelled last year because of the Coronavirus lockdown.

Images: Bong Bong Picnic Races Facebook 

 

 

Border closures keep Ulladulla family apart

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Joanne Moore has not seen her husband Jason since the start of June, as state border closures have kept them apart.

Last year they spent 10 months unable to see each other, which Joanne said was tough on their children.

But even tougher is the predicament they are facing because she is trying to sell their Ulladulla home so she and the children can move to Western Australia where Jason works in the mining industry on a fly-in, fly-out basis, but they have been refused permission by the WA Government.

"I wrote an email to the Premier, Mark McGowan, and he didn't read it personally, he passed it on to another office, and they basically said 'No, wanting to relocate to WA is not an excuse to get an exemption'," Joanne said.

While Jason's employer has put together a relocation package to help workers reunite with their families, and she has been told her home will sell quickly once she puts it on the market, it's left Joanne in an incredibly difficult situation.

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"I read in the news yesterday that the borders aren't looking like they're going to open until April 2022, so unless a miracle happens I'm stuck here until 2022 and when this house sells stuck without anywhere to live with two children and four animals," she said.

Joanne said she thought she was doing the right thing by ensuring she and her children were fully vaccinated, even getting her 12-year-old daughter vaccinated when the West Australian Government had not even made vaccines available to children that young.

But it was not enough to convince the WA Government to let them in.

"They're just saying that I don't have any grounds to get an exemption to be able to get into Western Australia, even though I'm fully vaccinated and there's no actual cases of COVID, and never has been in Ulladulla," Joanne said.

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The WA Government has classified all of NSW as extreme risk, and says the only people who can enter Western Australia from an extreme risk jurisdiction are certain senior government officials; certain active military personnel; a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth; and skilled specialists required to perform time-critical services, who are specifically approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer or who belong to a specified class of specialist worker that been approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer.

Images: Joanne Moore

Case numbers continue to fall

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COVID case numbers are continuing to fall, with just two detected in the Shoalhaven and seven throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during the 24 hours to 8pm Monday.

The two Shoalhaven cases are both from the 2540 postcode, and one was linked to a known case.

There was also one case from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, four from Wollongong and none in Kiama.

There have now been 2,376 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Monday there were 23 COVID-19 patients being treated in the health district's hospitals - and increase by two from the previous day's count of 21.

NSW Health has reported the COVID-related death of an unvaccinated man in his 80s at Wollongong Hospital.

He was the only COVID-related death in NSW for the day, although the daily figures included 282 new locally-acquired cases and two cases acquired overseas.

 

 

Case numbers fall dramatically

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COVID-19 case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have fallen to their lowest level in months, with just nine new cases reported to 8pm on Monday.

Six of those are linked to known cases.

One came from the Shoalhaven's 2541 area, which was linked to a known case.

There were also three from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, five from Wollongong and none from Kiama.

The death of an unvaccinated Wollongong man aged in his 80s who had coronavirus along with significant underlying health conditions and passed away at Wollongong Hospital, was also included in the daily figures.

His was one of four deaths across the state linked to COVID-19, while in all NSW there were also 273 new locally-acquired cases in the 24 hours.

There have now been 2,287 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm Monday there were 26 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

COVID case in Sanctuary Point

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Sanctuary Point has been identified as an area of concern in NSW Health's latest list of potential COVID exposure sites.

Culburra Beach continues to concern health officials due to fragments of the COVID virus being found ion the town's sewage, while no cases have yet been identified in the town.

People living in Culburra Beach have again been urged to be tested if they have the slightest of cold or flu-like symptoms.

In today's COVID figures there were 38 cases from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including two from the Shoalhaven.

That takes the Shoalhaven's number of active cases to 18.

 

COVID cases at lowest level in a month

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COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health district have hit their lowest level in a month.

Just 23 cases were recorded during the 24  hours to 8pm on Tuesday - the lowest since Tuesday, September 14 when there were 17 cases across the district.

Of the new cases recorded overnight three were among people living in the Shoalhaven, including two from the 2541 area and one from the 2540 postcode.

Two of the three new detections are linked to known cases.

Kiama recorded no new cases for the ninth day in a row, while there were three in the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 17 in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,162 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Tuesday there were 31 COVID-19 patients being treated in the health district's hospitals.

 

COVID cases continue to grow

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Two new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kiama, and one in the Shoalhaven, with all three linked to known cases.

The new cases were reported today as the number of new COVID infections in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District continues to grow, with 65 in today's figures.

They included 50 in the Wollongong local government area including eight linked to known cases, and 12 in Shellharbour of which four were linked to known cases.

There have been 898 cases in the health district since the delta outbreak started in June.

There was also one new case in the Southern Highlands, bringing its total to 33 since June.

COVID patients waiting hours in ambulance

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COVID-19 positive patients are being kept waiting for hours in ambulances as under-stress Sydney hospitals struggle to cope with demand, the Australian Paramedics Association says.

"We are at a point of time where 18 months into this pandemic, we are still struggling with getting patients into emergency departments," APA NSW president Christopher Kastelan says.

Numerous ambulance crews over the weekend were "stuck up to five, seven hours at a time", he told ABC TV on Monday.

"It means that paramedics are doing 16, 17 hour shifts without a break. For us, that is a concern for patients and paramedic safety," he told ABC TV on Monday.

"Waiting on the back of an ambulance for six hours when you are a COVID-19 positive patient and you are struggling to breathe, it is not ideal and we have seen the strain coming up for a period of time now."

The knock-on effect was that ambulances were unavailable for many hours with resources being called in to Sydney from the Southern Highlands, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

Some crews had responded to triple zero calls 100km away over the weekend, he said.

"It's only a matter of time that something significant is going to happen and that is going to be a poor patient outcome," he said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian released modelling on Monday predicting COVID-19 case numbers will peak in the next week, putting the greatest pressure on hospitals in early to mid-October.

Mr Kastelan said the 750 paramedics injected into the system over the past three years had already proven insufficient to cope with the COVID crisis.

"Do not forget that normal medical and trauma calls are still happening on top of the COVID-19 concern," he said.

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Covid testing clinic at Mittagong Sportsground

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A drive thru and walk in covid19 testing clinic is now available at the Mittagong Sportground.

A number of signs in the area are pointing drivers to head up Beatrice Street and then turn right.

You can also see a large tent erected on the oval.

The clinic is being run by NSW Health and Histopath Diagnostic Services.

It's open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.

Covid update for Southern Highlands

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There were no new cases of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribe Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

A total of 10 tests were carried out.

There are just two active cases in the shire.

Across the state and there have been 282 new cases in the state.

457 people are in hospital with 109 of them in Intensive Care.

One person has died.

Covid update for the Wingecarribee

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There have been no new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee for the 24 hours up to eight o'clock last night.

A total of 16 tests were carried out.

There are now 16 active cases across the shire.

Across the state and NSW has recorded 273 new cases and four more deaths.

92.1 per cent of eligible people 16 and older have now had one dose of a vaccine while 80.8 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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The Wingecarribee Shire has now gone eight days without a case of covid19.

As of eight o'clock last night there were just three active cases in the shire.

There were 11 tests carried out.

Across the state and another 294 people have tested positive, while 474 patients are in hospital with Covid.

Covid update for Wingecarribee Shire

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There were no new cases for the Wingecarribee Shire up until 8pm October 11.

NSW Health is reporting there were 363 tests conducted.

There are now 25 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and NSW has recorded 360 COVID cases and five deaths.

As of Sunday 90.44 per cent of NSW residents have had at least one dose of a covid vaccine.

73.97 per cent are fully vaccinated.

 

COVID vaccinations in Jerrinja today

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A COVID vaccination clinic is being held in the Jerrinja community from 10am today.

Jerrinja resident Rodney John urged community members to be vaccinated to help life return to normal.

In a video posted to social media he said the lockdown was tough, "But to keep one another safe there's now a vaccine out there that will keep us all safe."

Mr John said vaccines had been brought in to Jerrinja, "So anyone from community who wants to come up and get the shot - I'm not forcing anybody - but if you want to come up and get it that's one step closer to a step out of our door, to get out in the real world and start mingling in with each other again.

"But until then we need to get the rules and  regulations down pat," he said.

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COVID-19 cases fall across the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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For the 24 hour period to 8 pm Saturday, 2 October there were 49 new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Details are as follows.

  • 31 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) - four are linked to known cases
  • 13 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA - nine are linked to known cases
  • 5 cases who are residents of Shoalhaven LGA - two are linked to known cases 

The Health District reported the death of one person with COVID-19. 

A man in his 60s from Wollongong died at home.

He was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions. 

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District has extended its sincere condolences to his loved ones.

 

 

COVID-19 cases highest among NSW school aged children before classrooms reopen

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Less than two weeks out from NSW schools fully reopening for face-to-face learning there's a concerning statistic coming out of NSW Health's weekly demographic breakdown of locally acquired COVID cases across the state.

Of the 10 age group demographic, the zero to nine and 10 to 19 categories have seen the most positive cases over the last seven days for the first time since the Delta outbreak began in Greater Sydney.

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Almost 800 children up to nine years of age have contracted the illness in the last week.

NSW Health said the best way to protect kids from getting COVID-19 is to reduce the number of infections in adults.

"Getting vaccinated helps achieve this.

"Everyone aged 12 years and over is eligible to get vaccinated," Health said.

Images: drfuenteshernandez / Pixabay and NSW Health

COVID-19 multiple Shoalhaven venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed here, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

NSW Health has provided the following information - 

Pizza Hut Nowra

Shop 1/78 Kinghorne Street

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 6:45pm to 6:55pm

Coles Nowra

Kinghorne Street and Junction Street

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 11:45am to 1:05pm

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1:40pm to 2:45pm

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 1:15pm to 2pm

Thursday 23 September 2021, 10:25pm to 10:30pm

The Ginger Jar Bakehouse

15 Kinghorne Street, Shop 12 Shoalhaven Arcade

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 7:30am to 2:10pm

Aldi Nowra

8/16 Kinghorne Street

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1:20pm to 1:40pm

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4:20pm to 4:35pm

Monday 27 September 2021, 12:30pm to 1pm

Welcome Chinese Restaurant Bomaderry

55 Meroo St

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5:35pm to 5:40pm

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5:20pm to 5:25pm

Choice Pharmacy Bomaderry

Shop 1 Woolworths, 320 Princes Highway

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 5pm to 5:05pm

Coles Vincentia

Shopping Centre, 29 The Wool Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 10am to 1:10pm

BWS Vincentia

Corner Naval College Road and the Wool Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 2pm to 2:15pm

Woolworths Vincentia

8 Moona Creek Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 1:45pm to 2:05pm

ALDI Vincentia

8 Moona Creek Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 1:40pm to 1:50pm

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Covid19 update for Wingecarribee

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There have four new cases of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there were seven tests conducted.

There are now 23 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and New South Wales Health has reported 399 new Covid cases.

677 people are in hospital and four people have died.

Meantime some more exposure dates have been added for Woolworths Mittagong and Big W in the Highlands Marketplace.

They are as follows:

Woolworths Mittagong

Exposure date
Friday 24 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:45am
Friday 1 October 2021, 4:20pm to 6:05pm
Monday 4 October 2021, 2:45pm to 3pm
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 2:35pm to 3pm
Thursday 7 October 2021, 3:20pm to 3:35pm
Friday 8 October 2021, 3:35pm to 4pm

BIG W Mittagong
197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
Exposure date
Thursday 7 October 2021, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

People who made a visit to these stores on these dates and between these times are being asked to get tested and self isolate.

Cronulla couple fined for travelling to Nowra

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A Cronulla couple heading to Nowra without a permit were among the people fined during a traffic blitz that showed people still aren't getting the lockdown message.

Lake Illawarra Highway Patrol issued more than 30 infringements including several to Sydneysiders during a traffic and COVID compliance operation on the Princes Highway at Dunmore on Saturday.

14 people were fined for breaching the public health orders including a 37-year-old woman and 41-year-old man from Campbelltown.

They were heading to Kiama without a reasonable excuse and were fined $1000 each.

Police said checks revealed it was the fourth time the woman had allegedly breached the health orders.

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A couple from Cronulla were also and directed to return home after attempting to travel to Nowra without a permit while a 38-year-old man from Narellan Vale was also fined for travelling to the region without a valid reason.

Police conducted 460 random breath tests during the blitz with one motorist awaiting the result of a secondary drug test.

Officers also issued 11 traffic infringement notices, two motorists were fined for speeding while four traffic-related charges were also laid.

Illawarra Highway Patrol said it plans on conducting similar operations in the future.

Images: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

Culburra Beach COVID-19 testing underway

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A pop-up drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic has opened at Culburra.

The clinic is located at the Culburra Oval Mini Fields carpark, which is opposite the Culburra Beach Tennis Courts.

Entry is via Prince Edward Ave at Culburra Beach.

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The clinic will be open from 8 am until 4 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and demand will be monitored.

The clinic is in in a direct response to positive COVID-19 detections at the Culburra Beach Sewage Treatment Plant, which covers Culburra Beach, Orient Point, and parts of Greenwell Point.

Anyone with symptoms or anyone who believes they may have been exposed to Coronavirus must come forward for testing and self-isolate until they are advised of their test results.

If you require additional COVID-19 information you should visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health website.

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Dads stepping up during COVID-19 lockdowns

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Aussie dads are playing a greater role in their young children's education during COVID-19, leading the charge when it comes to home-schooling maths and PE, a study has found.

The research has been shared in time for Father's Day on Sunday.

"With our busy life and my job I had very little to do with our son's education since kindergarten," Sydney father and 'dadmum' blogger Brad Kearns said.

"My wife managed it and I was really only there for milestones. But now that we're all at home, I'm seeing his activities, work ethic and the satisfaction he gets from completing tasks."

Mr Kearns' experience is reflected in the survey, which found 51 per cent of Australian fathers who answered the May poll have been spending more time focused on their kids' schooling since COVID hit. Thirty-two per cent of fathers have been dedicating the same amount of time and 14 per cent have been spending less time.

The survey found 64 per cent of dads offered help with maths, 55 per cent with PE or sport and 53 per cent with art.

But mums still played a more significant role overall, with 70 per cent saying they remained more involved with the schooling than their children's fathers.

The survey of 600 Australian parents of children aged five to 10 was commissioned by education technology business Osmo, which creates learning platforms for children.

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Distrust and answers in Kiama vaccine forum

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A high level of distrust about the COVID vaccines was evident during an online forum organised by Kiama MP Gareth Ward on Thursday night.

The forum heard questions about the safety of the vaccines, long-term impacts, whether they could be trusted given they were developed so quickly, a database of adverse events and more.

However Wollongong University Clinical Professor and infectious disease doctor Spiros Miyakis said he knew how important vaccination was after caring for COVID patients in hospital.

"Seeing how bad this disease can turn out to be, I think that is the most convincing thing for using the tools to protect you, and the best tool, with the best evidence we have so far, is the vaccine indeed," Professor Miyakis said.

Former national president of the Pharmacy Guild of  Australia, David Heffernan told the forum it usually took 10 to 15 years to develop a vaccine, however the vaccines developed to combat COVID-19 were built of years of research and work with other diseases and vaccines.

Professor Miyakis added there was no real choice when it came to a vaccine against COVID-19.

"Why is took so little time in this case is because we didn't have time," he said.

"In 10 or 15 years probably humanity, the way things were going, would have dire consequences, therefore all the scientific community changed the process a little bit."

He said the changes meant the process were just as rigorous, but the timeframe was reduced significantly by overlapping different stages.

"There are some trial stages for a vaccine, and usually what happens when one stage finished it takes two or three years and then the next stage takes over and over and over.

"Here there was just no time so as soon as there was a signal that the vaccine works, that the side effects are not prohibitory, we were moving to the next phase, and the next phase and the next phase," Professor Miyakis explained.

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Doctor & nurse at Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong test positive

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People who attended the Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong between Monday and Friday of last week are being urged to get a covid test.

It comes after two health professionals, a doctor and a nurse tested positive.

It's possible they caught the virus from a patient who didn't known they had it.

The centre is trying to get in touch with up to 200 people who maybe affected.

They're being asked to not to see a doctor or chemist, but get tested and isolate until they get their results.

Double dose vaccination rates on the rise

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The latest vaccination rates are in for the Wingecarribee and Shoalhaven LGA's.

As of October 10, 77.8 per cent of the over 15 population in the Wingecarribee had received two doses.

95 per cent had received one dose.

In the Shoalhaven and 73.3 per cent of the population had received two doses.

95 per cent had received one dose.

And across the state 90.44 per cent of NSW residents had at least one dose of a covid vaccine.

73.97 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Double Vaccinated app now linked to Service NSW

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Residents are now able to integrate the COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate into their Service NSW app from today with the program now rolling out State-wide.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said with restrictions to further ease as the state approaches 80 percent double vaccination, the integration of the vaccine certificate with the app will make things easier for the people of NSW.

“This is an extra digital service to make life easier for the businesses and customers of NSW as we open back up. NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to roll out an integrated QR code solution for displaying vaccination status Statewide,” Mr. Dominello said.

“When someone visits a venue, they’ll be able to show their green check-in tick and vaccination status simultaneously, saving staff and customers time.

“While integrating the COVID-19 digital certificate onto the Service NSW app will be optional, it will be the by far the easiest and quickest way to prove you’re fully vaccinated.”

As the vaccine data sits in the Federal Australian Immunisation Register to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into the Service NSW app you will need to:

  •  Ensure your Federal MyGov account is linked to Medicare
  •  Download the Express Plus Medicare app and sign in with your MyGov account details
  • Select ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’
  • Select ‘Share with check-in app’ and then ‘Service NSW’

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Eight new covid cases for the Shoalhaven

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The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW says the Illawarra Shoalhaven is starting to become an area of concern.

Up to 8 last night, there were 21 cases all up.

That includes nine cases in the Wollongong Local Government Area, eight cases in the Shoalhaven LGA and four cases in the Shellharbour LGA.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 12-hundred-and-81 new local Covid cases

Five people with the virus have died.

Five fined in Kiama for COVID breaches

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Five people have been issued with infringements over COVID-19 beaches at a construction site in Kiama.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District were notified on Monday of workers allegedly from Sydney, staying in Kiama.

Police attended an address on North Kiama Drive about 7.30pm and spoke with the occupants, who were part of a construction team building a unit complex on Collins Street, Kiama.

Police attended the worksite about 11am yesterday and saw a number of employees run into a nearby carpark.

Officers located 33 workers and spoke to the project manager.

Following inquiries, five of the men were identified as being from local government areas of concern in Sydney.

Inquiries are continuing into further potential breaches.

Five new cases for Wingecarribee LGA

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has revealed there were five new cases of COVID19 for the Wingecarribee Local Government area up to 8 o'clock last night.

Four of those cases are at Woodlands and one at Mittagong.

75 percent of eligible New South Wales residents have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The state has recorded 1480 new cases.

Five new cases in the Shoalhaven

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Five new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Shoalhaven in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.

Two of the new detections are linked to known cases.

Three of the new cases are people living in the 2541 postcode, while the other two are from the 2540 area.

They were among 49 new cases diagnosed in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District across the 24 hours, including the death of one man in the Wollongong area.

The man aged in his 60s was unvaccinated, he had underlying health conditions and passed away in his home.

There were also 31 new COVID cases in the Wollongong Local Government Area, including four linked to known cases, and 13 in Shellharbour - nine linked to known cases.

No cases were detected among the Kiama Local Government Area's residents.

There were also two new cases in the Southern Highlands, taking the number of cases in the Wingecarribee Shire to 58 since June.

Across NSW there were 667 COVID cases detected during the 24 hours, while 10 people died - two aged in their 50s, four aged in their 60s, two in their 70s and two in their 80s.

Five new Shoalhaven COVID cases, two in Kiama

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Five new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and two in the Kiama Local Government Area are included in today's 103 for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Both Kiama cases are linked to known cases, as are three in the Shoalhaven.

There were also 82 cases in Wollongong and 14 in Shellharbour.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant expressed particular concerns about figures in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during this morning's daily COVID update.

She said while figures were falling at some COVID hot spots, the opposite was happening in the Illawarra.

"I do want to highlight the fact that we're asking everyone in the Illawarra - we've had 103 new cases reported, bringing the total number of cases to 1001," Dr Chant said.

"The Wollongong Local Government Area is the most impacted, and the Shellharbour Local Government Area, so I am urging everyone to be cautious, please come forward to get tested, and also please get vaccinated."

 

Four cases in Shoalhaven, none in Kiama

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There have been no news COVID cases in the Kama or Wingecarribee Local Government Areas for the fourth straight day.

Shoalhaven recorded four new cases, split evenly between the 2540 and 2541 areas.

One was linked to a known case.

There were 48 new cases in the Shoalhaven for the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday, with 38 of them in Wollongong - 15 linked to known cases.

There were also six new detections in Shellharbour , including three linked to known cases.

There have now been 1,951 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Thursday, October 7, there were 42 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

Four new cases for the Shoalhaven

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There have been four new cases of covid19 in the Shoalhaven for the 24 hour period leading up to 8pm Sunday September 19.

Two of these are linked to known cases and investigations are continuing about the other two cases.

Across the entire Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District there were 45 new COVID 19 cases.

Details are as follows:

28 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) - eight are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for 20 cases
12 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA - Three are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for nine cases
4 cases who are residents of Shoalhaven LGA - two are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for two cases. ( As mentioned above )
1 case who is a resident of Kiama LGA and investigations are ongoing.

Sadly, the District is reporting the death of one person.

That was a woman in her 80s from the Wollongong Local Government Area who died at Wollongong Hospital.

She had received one dose of a vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

Four new cases in the Shoalhaven

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Four new COVID cases were recorded in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area during the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

Three of them were linked to known cases, one was a person living in the 2541 area, and the other three were from the 2540 postcode.

They were among 12 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including one in Kiama and seven from Wollongong.

For the first time in several months there were no new cases in the Shellharbour Local Government Area.

There have now been 2,338 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

By 8pm on Thursday the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals had fallen to 23.

 

Four new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven

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Health officials have reported four news COVID cases in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday - one of them linked to a known case.

Two of the new cases are among people living in the 2541 postcode, one is from the area covered by the 2540 postcode, and the other is from the 2535 area.

There were no new cases in the Kiama area among the 51 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 42 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 14 of which were linked to known cases, and five from the Shellharbour area - four of them linked to known cases.

The daily figures included the death of a man in his 70s from Wollongong who passed away at Wollongong Hospital.

He had underlying health conditions.

There have now been 1843 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Freedom Day comes with reduced COVID case information

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet called for changes to the way NSW Health delivered its daily COVID-19 case information on the day he was sworn in as leader last week.

Perrottet directed for the update to be brought forward two hours to 9am and what NSW Health has delivered on day one of the directive has frustrated Shadow Health Minister and Member for Keira, Ryan Park.

After providing a variety of detailed information on cases, deaths, LHD numbers and sewage surveillance during the lockdown and before, Health authorities have this morning dished up nothing more than a handful of statistics with no substance.

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Park said the people of NSW need comprehensive information.

"We need a lot more detail than what's currently available.

"Now is not the time to restrict the flow of information to the community.

"We are a long way out of this pandemic and the community deserve a lot better than that," the Shadow Health Minister said.

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Park said he will be seeking advice from the government today why the daily case numbers have been presented the way they have.

"What we don't want the new Premier to do is to underestimate the importance of giving accurate, reliable and consistent information to the community.

"We saw what happened a few days ago when it was all over the place, we can't afford that lack of information to continue over the coming weeks ahead," Park said.

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Freedom Warrior fined after an anti-covid rally in Kiama

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A thousand dollar fine for a Freedom Warrior who allegedly breached public health orders at an anti-covid rally at Kiama yesterday.

The 31-year-old man was among a small group of protestors at the Kiama lighthouse after rally calls were sent out via social media posts.

Police, including the Public Order Riot team, was deployed.

He was detained by police after leaving allegedly Shellharbour in breach of stay-at-home orders.

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Friends Bubble created to allow children playtime during school holidays

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The NSW government has announced a relaxation of the Coronavirus lockdown rules for the well-being of young people.

Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are fully vaccinated, under an easing of restrictions for school holidays.

From 12 noon today, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW will be able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions; 

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house.
  • These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”.
  • All people older than 18 years in all households must be fully vaccinated.
  • The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA.
  • If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

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General visitors allowed back at Illawarra Shoalhaven hospitals

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Patients at hospitals across the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be reunited with loved ones and friends from today with the local health district reinstating general visiting.

One fully vaccinated person, wearing a mask is now allowed to visit general wards at Wollongong Hospital between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm while two visitors a day, following the same criteria are allowed at Coledale, Bulli, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, David Berry, Shoalhaven and Milton Ulladulla Hospital's between 11 am and 1 pm and again from 5 pm till 7 pm.

LHD boss Margot Mains said Wollongong's hours differ because of the high volume of COVID-positive patients who require transfer through the facility at various times of the day.

"We know the community is keen to resume normal life as quickly as possible, but our hospitals remain on a high-risk alert level as we continue to deal with COVID-19.

"We are now working through the safe and appropriate re-opening of other areas, including surgery, oral health, and outpatient clinics, and will continue to promptly advise the community when these resume.

"Our aim is to achieve a balance of the resumption of our usual services/activities as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining the required COVID measures and protocols to keep our patients, staff, and community safe," Mains said.

The community is also being advised that while an easing of visitor restrictions has commenced, there are still a number of COVID-19 measures in place to ensure patient safety.

"At this stage, existing restrictions remain unchanged in Intensive Care, COVID-19 Wards, Maternity and Birthing, Paedatrics and outpatient face-to-face appointments.

"Screening will also be maintained at our facility entrances, including QR code check-in," Mains said.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the following criteria applies for visitors to a NSW Health facility:

• Must be at least 12 years of age

• Must have had two doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine

• Has evidence of vaccination status, which will be checked upon entry

• Must wear a surgical mask correctly on entry at the facility and for the duration of the visit

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Illawarra Shoalhaven Health restricts hospital visits due to COVID-19 risk

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Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has implemented further restrictions on visiting patients at Shoalhaven, David Berry, and Milton Ulladulla Hospitals,  to minimise the spread of COVID-19.  

In response to the statewide lockdown, and in line with relevant public health and infection control advice, hospitals in the Shoalhaven area are now under Red Alert level,  meaning that all ISLHD hospitals now fall within this alert category.  

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By further reducing the number of people coming into our facilities, as well as limiting visiting times, we are minimising the risk of spreading the COVID virus to vulnerable patients as well as health care workers who are at the forefront of dealing with this pandemic. 

Effective immediately, under the Red Alert level, there are no visitors permitted to patients on general wards. Please note, there are exemptions for specific wards, such as  Children’s ward, Maternity, Birthing, and Palliative Care.

Visit the COVID-19  section of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District websitefor details.

Jervis Bay businesses to receive NSW government financial support

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Jervis Bay Territory Businesses are set to receive support payments after being allowed access to the NSW COVID business support programs.

Jervis Bay business had been denied access to the dollars because the ACT Government administers the Jervis Bay Territory.

The state government has now recognised the importance of those businesses to the state economy.

COVID-19 business grants, as well as the micro-business grant programs and JobSaver applications, close this Friday, October 1.

JobSaver provides cash flow support to impacted businesses, including sole traders and not-for-profits who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

More details on eligibility criteria for local businesses wanting to access support can be found here.

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Kiama a week without a COVID case

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The Kiama Local Government Area has gone a week without a new COVID-19 case.

However the Shoalhaven has recoded 31 cases in the past three days , including 10 in today's COVID statistics.

Nine of the new cases are from the 2541 area, the other from the 2540 postcode.

One of today's new Shoalhaven cases is linked to a known case.

Today's figures included 11 new cases in  the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 17 in Wollongong, while over the three days from Saturday to today there were 29 new COVID cases in Shellharbour and 90 in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

 There have now been 2,101 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm Sunday there were 37 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

Kiama Council getting back to business after Coronavirus restrictions are eased

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Kiama Council will welcome people back to its customer service centre this morning after the easing of COVID-19 health restrictions.

Council said it'll be operational for limited face-to-face services and residents can make payments and drop off documents without being fully vaccinated against Coronavirus.

Kiama's pools are also reopening today for lap and recreational swimming and aqua classes.

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Kiama man's death linked to COVID-19

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A Kiama man's death in Wollongong Hospital has been linked to the COVID outbreak.

The man aged in his 70s passed away in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with his death reported in today's COVID figures.

He had received one vaccine dose.

The five deaths reported during the daily COVID updated also included a Wollongong woman aged in her 80s, who passed away in Wollongong Hospital.

She had received two doses of the vaccine.

Both had underlying health conditions.

The daily update reported 62 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including five in Kiama and three in the Shoalhaven - one of which was linked to a known case.

There were also 34 in Wollongong, with 15 linked to known cases, and 20 in the Shellharbour Local Government Area, of which eight were linked to known cases.

Three cases were detected in the Wingecarribee area.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward joins 2ST's Charles Maxwell to clarify questions about the COVID-19 regional lockdown

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Radio 2ST listeners across the Shoalhaven have been given the opportunity to have questions answered about the state-wide COVID-19 lockdown.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward joined 2ST's Charles Maxwell in the studio to clarify how the restrictions imposed at 5 pm on Saturday the 14th of August by the State Government affect them, their households, and their businesses, and the Shoalhaven.

Mr. Ward, who is a registered solicitor said "I think the Government has really made a rod for its own back with the way the drafting of some of these regulations has happened."

"It does not make it easier for members of the public to understand these rules, let alone the Police officers that are charged with enforcing them," he said.

For detailed COVID-19 advice and information visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District website.

 

 

Kiama records first case in a fortnight

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Kiama has recorded its first COVID-19 case in a fortnight, as the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District had its lowest case number for months.

There were also three Shoalhaven cases - all from the 2541 postcode and none of them linked to any known cases.

They were among just 16 cases throughout the district for the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

There were also two cases in the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 10 in Wollongong.

A Wollongong woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions died in Wollongong Hospital.

She had received one dose of a vaccine.

There have now been 2,278 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Sunday there were 30 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

Kiama to launch autumn festival after cancelling NYE fireworks

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Kiama's New Year's Eve fireworks and laser show have been cancelled because of uncertainty around COVID and large crowds.

"We know this event will be sorely missed by some of our community but rest assured we are doing what we can to keep the good-event vibes alive and well, just in different sizes, shapes, and forms," Council said.

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Council will replace the NYE event with REVEL, a series of local, bespoke, and fun community events set for next autumn.

Council said it will develop a program of events with successful local event operators, food and drink providers, artists, and performers.

"The month-long REVEL festival will offer a range of activities appealing to a wide spectrum of people, to be held at different locations across the municipality," said Council.

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"The extended duration of the events is designed to provide more ways and dates for locals and visitors to take part and more opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the events," Council said.

Images: Destination Kiama and Kiama Council

Less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours

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New South Wales continues to move in the right direction with both cases dropping and vaccinations increasing, with just 360 new cases overnight, from 88,988 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

90.4% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 74% of people now fully vaccinated.

The details of Illawarra Shoalhaven cases will be released in the next few hours.

There are currently 766 people in hospital, with 155 people in ICU.

Sadly, there were another five deaths in the reporting period.

More Coronavirus cases for the Southern Highlands

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NSW Health has reported additional new COVID-19 cases for the Southern Highlands as of 8 pm on the 2nd of October.

There have been two new cases reported in Wingecarribee Shire.

The total number of cases in the Local Government Area is 58 since June 16th.

Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

 

 

 

 

More COVID cases in Nowra and Kiama

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Two new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven are being investigated to find out how the people became infected.

However two new infections in Kiama are linked to known cases.

The cases are among 17 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported in this morning's daily COVID update, including nine in Wollongong and four in Shellharbour.

There are now five active cases in the Kiama local government area, and 23 in the Shoalhaven.

Meanwhile Coles Supermarket in Nowra has been identified as a potential COVID exposure site.

Coles has been advised that a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 visited the store between 10.13 and 10.20am on Thursday, September 9th.

The supermarket has since undergone a deep clean, but people who were in the supermarket at the time have been asked to monitor for symptoms, and undertake a COVID test if any develop.

More COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and Kiama

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The Shoalhaven has recorded another two positive Covid-19 cases up until 8 pm on Tuesday night.

There are now 14 active Coronavirus cases in the Shoalhaven.

Illawarra Shoalhaven health said on its website the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven LGA, both of whom are linked to known cases.

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There is another reported case in the Kiama LGA.

There are now two active Coronavirus cases linked to Kiama.

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health website said the case who is a resident of Kiama LGA, whose infection is under investigation, and who is isolating out of the Local Health District.

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More COVID-19 venues of concern for Mittagong and Bowral

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Four additional venues of concern have been listed by NSW Health for the Wingecarribee Local Government Area.

Mittagong

Bunnings Mittagong - Tyree Place                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday 9 September 2021  between 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm

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Liquorland Bowral - 33 Bendooley Street                                                                                                                                                                                    Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:06 am

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Priceline Pharmacy Bowral - 10-15 310-312 Bong Bong Street                                                                                                                                      Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:03 am

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Home No.9 Thai Cuisine by Bangkok House Bowral - 328-332 Bong Bong Street                                                                                      Thursday 9 September 2021 between 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm

The NSW Health exposure locations list includes close and casual contact venues.

For more information visit NSW Health COVID-19 case locations.

More local exposure sites listed

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More COVID-19 exposure sites across the Shoalhaven and Kiama have been listed on NSW Health's website.

Anyone who visited the following venues at the times listed is considered a causal contact and must come forward for testing and self-isolate until a negative result is returned:

Culburra Beach: Woolworths Culburra Beach from 12:20 to 12:40pm on Friday, September 24.

Vincentia: Subway Vincentia in the Vincentia Marketplace from 11:35 to 11:50am on Thursday, September 23.

Nowra, Dan Murphy's Nowra, from 1:35 to 1:40 on Thursday, September 23.

Milton: Terry White Chemmart in Milton from 9:10 to 9:35am on Friday, September 17.

Kiama: Kiama Fair Newsagency, from 10.35 to 10.45am on Sunday. September 19.

More local venues of concern listed

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The list of local COVID exposure sites continues to grow, with more added in the past 24 hours.

Three more sites in Sanctuary Point, Gerringong and Kiama have been added to the list of local venues of concern.

Anyone who has been at the venues at the specified times is required to get tested and isolate until a negative result is obtained.

The venues include:

Gerringong:

Caltex Gerringong, 2 Belinda Street on Monday September 20 from 2:45 to 3:20pm.

Sanctuary Point:

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away, Shop 2/10 Paradise Beach Road on Thursday September 23 from 10 to 11am.

Kiama:

Service NSW Kiama, 64 Shoalhaven Street on Monday, September 20 from 4:10 to 4:15pm.

Multiple health alerts issued after confirmed COVID cases in Shellharbour and Nowra

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There are now 10 venues of concern across the Illawarra Shoalhaven after a person tested positive for Coronavirus in Shellharbour.

An alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line.

A spokesperson from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the case is currently isolating at home along with household contacts.

"The source of infection is under investigation, however is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work.

"The case was working from home when not required to travel for work.

"NSW Health has been notified of new venues of concern in Unanderra, Kiama, Nowra, Blackbutt, Shellharbour CityCentre and Warilla associated with this confirmed case of COVID-19," the spokesperson said.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

"You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again," the LHD spokesperson said.

Bridgestone Tyres Unanderra, 159 Five Islands Road - Tuesday 3 August from 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Woolworths Kiama, Kiama View Shopping Centre, 143 Terralong Street - Friday 30 July from 5 pm to 5.15 pm

NAB Nowra, 56 Kinghorne Street - Friday 30 July from 2.50 pm to 3.05 pm

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Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 47 Shellharbour Road, Warilla - Saturday 7 August from 9.25am to 11.20am, in particular the following stores:

Cafe Els - Saturday 7 August, 9.25 am to 9.35 am

Bakers Delight - Saturday 7 August, 9.30 am to 9.35 am

Mitchell's Market - Saturday 7 August, 9.35am to 10.05am

Woolworths - Saturday 7 August, 10 am to 11.20 am

Coles, Stockland Shellharbour - 1 Holm Place, Shellharbour City Centre - Saturday 7 August, 11.45 am to 12.20 pm

Dan Murphy's - Stocklands Retail Park, New Lake Entrance Road, Blackbutt - Saturday 7 August 2021, 12.25 pm to 12.45 pm

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A casual contact alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line after the positive case travelled from Mortdale to Bomaderry on Friday, July 30 between 11.55 am and 2.17 pm.

Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/50308277997, Warilla Grove and Google Maps

New COVID-19 venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19. 

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed on the website, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

 

Nowra

Better Tyres Nowra, 61 Berry Street, Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1pm to 1:30pm

Aldi Nowra, 8/16 Kinghorne Street, Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4:20pm to 4:35pm

 

Worrigee

Naji's Charcoal Chicken and Kebabs Worrigee, 60 Isa Road, Saturday 25 September 2021, 10:55am to 11am

 

Berry

IGA Berry, 123 Queen Street, Monday 27 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:15am

 

Sanctuary Point

Sanctuary Point Bakery Sanctuary Point, Shop 1/20 Paradise, Beach Road, Thursday 23 September 2021, 10am to 11am

Image: News

 

New COVID-19 venues of concern listed for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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As contact tracers try and identify links to 25 of yesterday's 38 COVID cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven, a handful of COVID venues of concern have been added to the region's list of exposure sites.

Casual contact venues of concern have been listed in Bomaderry and Callala Bay as well as Woonona.

Anyone who attended the following venues on the days listed is a casual contact and must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health said people should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Illawarra Shoalhaven venues of concern:

Woonona

Woonona Eyecare, 391 Princes Highway

Tuesday 5 October, 12noon-12:15pm

Figtree

No further information provided by NSW Health

Bomaderry

Bomaderry Do It Yourself True Value Hardware, 54A Bolong Road

Thursday 7 October, 1:15pm-1:25pm

Nutrien Water, 5 Worthington Way

Thursday 7 October, 3:05pm-3:30pm

Callala Bay

Callala Cellars, Shop 12/55 Emmett Street

Thursday 7 October, 4:10pm-4:15pm

Image: fernandozhiminaicela / Pixabay

New Nowra exposure sites listed

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Two supermarkets are among several new potential COVID exposure sites in Nowra listed by NSW Health.

The list also includes renewed alerts for Dan Murphy's in Nowra and Bunnings in South Nowra.

If you were at any of the listed sites at the applicable times you must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received, according to NSW Health.

New sites added to the list of venues of concern include:

Nowra

Coles Nowra, Kinghorne Street and Junction Street, from 10.25 to 10.30pm on Thursday, September 23.

Nowra Kebabs, Kinghorne Street,  from 11:30 to 11:50am on Thursday, September 23.

Woolworths Nowra, Stockland Shopping Centre, from 4:55 to 6pm on Friday, September 24.

Dan Murphy's, Kalandar Street, from 1.35 to 1.40pm on Thursday, September 23.

South Nowra

Bunnings, Princes Highway, 12.20 to 12.50pm on Sunday, September 26.

 

New NSW Premier makes major changes to reopening road map

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With the 70 percent double vaccination milestone being reached late yesterday, Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed that the state Government will ease a number of restrictions as part of the reopening NSW roadmap, which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from Monday, October 11.

The changes to the 70 percent roadmap will allow up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five), the cap on outdoor gatherings has been lifted from 20 to 30 people while the cap for people to attend weddings and funerals has been doubled from 50 to 100.

Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities.

On Monday after NSW clears the 80 percent double vaccination hurdle, further restrictions will be relaxed, with people able to have up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10) while up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).

Up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500), nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing), and masks will no longer be required in office buildings.

The government said all roadmap freedoms at 70 and 80 percent will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

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All school students will also now return to on-site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by October 25, with the second and third stages of the return to school plan now combined.

Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18, with all other years now returning one week later on October 25.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said schools were ready to welcome students back.

"The return remains safe and sensible with enough time for schools to prepare for a faster return of students over two weeks instead of three.

"Principals have received detailed guidance and checklists of everything required to ensure COVID-safe settings in their school.

"Parents and carers will also receive a detailed guide today and more specific information from their school in the coming days," Mitchell said.

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Premier Dominic Perrottet said the common-sense changes would help life return to normal as soon as possible.

"Vaccinations are the key to life returning to normal and the changes today will help family and friends reconnect, get kids back to school, and get businesses back up and running sooner.

"NSW is putting in the hard yards and it's important people continue to turn out in droves to be vaccinated," he said.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said workers in regional areas who have received one vaccination dose will be permitted to return to their workplace from October 11 and will be given a grace period until November 1 to receive their second dose.

He said regional areas are those outside Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast.

"This move ensures we get businesses in the regions re-open and local economies buzzing again.

"It's about ensuring we make this a roadmap that works for everyone," Toole said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW residents 12-years-old and over have led the charge to get vaccinated and ensure NSW is among the safest places in the world.

"Getting to 70 percent double dose is a badge of honour for every fully vaccinated NSW citizen to wear proudly but we can do so much more and 90 percent is within our grasp," Hazzard said.

The government also confirmed that with the stay-at-home orders being lifted next Monday and replaced by the roadmap settings, the list of Local Government Areas of concern will cease to exist.

Images: Wave FM News, Dom Perrottet MP and NSW Health

New Shoalhaven COVID cases under investigation

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Two new COVID cases from the Shoalhaven's 2540 postcode are being investigated as they are not linked to any known cases.

They are among 19 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, including eight from the Shellharbour Local Government Area and seven from Wollongong.

There were no new cases in Kiama.

There have now been 2,304 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Tuesday there were 25 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

NSW Health has confirmed the deaths of two men in their 90s from a Tarrawanna Aged Care Facility where they acquired their infections.

Both had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

They were among seven deaths across the state linked to COVID-19 for the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, during which 283 people across NSW tested positive to the virus.

New Shoalhaven venues of COVID concern

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Several Nowra businesses have been added to the list of potential COVID exposure sites after people who visited them later tested positive to coronavirus.

NSW Health says anyone who was at these venues of concern at the listed times needs to immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is achieved.

Nowra:

McDonald's Nowra Central, Plunkett Street, from 8.30 to 8.50am on Wednesday, September 29 and 9.15 to 9.45am on Thursday, September 30.

Autobarn Nowra, Haigh Avenue, from 3.10 to 3,30pm on Thursday, September 23.

Fins, Fangs N Feathers, Haigh Avenue, from 3.23 to 3.37pm and 4.12 to 4.17pm on Thursday, September 30.

Bakehouse Delights, Kalandar Street, from 9.49 to 9.54am on Friday, September 24.

Bomaderry:

Woolworths Bomaderry, Princes Highway, from 5 to 5.15pm on Wednesday, September 29.

Worrigee:

FoodWorks, Isa Road, from 1.15 to 1.30pm on Wednesday, September 29, and 11.21 to 11.31am on Thursday, September 30.

Huskisson:

The Great Husky Bite, Owen Street, from 10.30am to 2pm on Tuesday, September 28, and 10.30am to 2pm on Wednesday, September 29.

St Georges Basin:

Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre, Island Point Road, from 11.25 to 11.40am on Thursday, September 23.

 

New venue of concern

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A new venue of concern has been added for the Southern Highlands.

It's the Shell Service Station on the corner Sally's Corner Road and 13125 Hume Highway at Sutton Forest.

The exposure date is Monday October 11, 5pm - 5:30pm.

Anyone who was there between these times is being asked to get tested immediately and self isolate until they get a negative result.

Nine more COVID cases in the Shoalhaven

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A further nine COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Shoalhaven, according to figures released today.

Seven of those cases are in the 2541 postcode, the other two in the 2540 area.

Just four of the nine are linked to known cases.

They bring the number of cases reported in the Shoalhaven since Friday morning to 30, with 83 cases in the past 30 days.

Two COVID patients are being treated in Shoalhaven Hospital, and 41 in Wollongong Hospital.

Today's cases are among 63 for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District, including 43 in the Wollongong Local Government Area, of which 13 are linked to known cases, and 11 the Shellharbour with all except one linked to known cases.

There were also three new cases in the Southern Highlands, bringing its total number of cases since June to 44.

 

 

 

 

Nine new cases in the Shoalhaven

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A further nine COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Shoalhaven, two of them linked to known cases.

The nine new cases discovered in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday include seven people living in the area covered by the 2541 postcode, and two in the 2540 area.

There is also one new case in the Kiama Local Government Area.

They are among 77 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours.

Of the new cases 54 are from Wollongong Local Government Area, including 15 linked to known cases, and 13 are from Shellharbour, four of which are linked to known cases.

There are also two new cases in the Southern Highlands, taking Wingecarribee Shire's total to 60 cases since June.

Across the state there were 623 new COVID cases in the 24 hours and six deaths linked to the virus.

 

Nine new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven

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Nine new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, with five linked to known cases.

Six of the cases live in the 2540 postcode, while the remaining three are from the 2541 area.

There were also three cases in Kiama, one of them linked to a known case,  among 94 new cases diagnosed within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours.

They included 66 in Wollongong, 30 of them linked to known cases, and 16 in the Shellharbour Local Government Area including 10 linked to known cases.

Since June 16 there have been 1365 in the health district.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said health authorities continued to be concerned about transmission rates in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

"We see the increasing cases in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, particularly about that Wollongong and Shellharbour area," she said during the daily COVID update.

The figures released this morning showed there had been 865 locally acquired cases in the 24 hours and 15 deaths, including a woman aged in her 70s at Batemans Bay.

Dr Chant said the woman died at home shortly after receiving her second vaccine dose.

 

 

 

No new COVID cases in Southern Highlands

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There were no COVID cases in the Southern Highlands, none in Kiama and only one in the Shoalhaven reported in today's figures.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded 46 new COVID-19 cases for the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of those, 28 are from Wollongong local government area including eight linked to known cases, 17 are from  Shellharbour including  five linked to known cases, and one from the Shoalhaven.

The source of the Shoalhaven case is still being investigated.

Nowra and Illawarra COVID-19 casual contact sites

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NSW Health has released a list of COVID-19 casual contact venues for the Illawarra and the South Coast.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Nowra Local Court, 88 Plunkett Street

Monday 27 September 2021, 10am to 11:30am

Shell Coles Express South Nowra, 190-198 Princes Highway

Monday 27 September 2021, 7:50am to 8am

Woolworths Corrimal, Lederer Corrimal Shopping Centre, 270 Princes Highway

Thursday 30 September 2021, 7:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday 21 September 2021, 3pm to 3:30pm

Monday 20 September 2021, 7pm to 12am (midnight)

Coles Figtree, Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, Princes Highway and The Avenue

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 6:50pm to 7:33pm

IMB Bank Unanderra, 102 Princes Highway

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 11:15am to 11:25am

Australia Post Warilla, Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:10am to 9:20am

Aldi Warilla, Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:25am to 10:10am

BWS Warilla, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 23 September 2021, 1:48pm to 2:10pm

Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 43-57 Shellharbour Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 9:10am to 11:10am

Woolworths Warilla, Grove Shopping Centre, 29-30 Shellharbour Road

Monday 27 September 2021, 4:25pm to 5:15pm

Sunday 26 September 2021, 3:30pm to 4pm

Thursday 23 September 2021, 11:50am to 1:50pm

Image: News

Nowra police officers in isolation after COVID exposure

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Several Nowra police officers are isolating after coming in contact with a man who later tested positive to COVID.

The 36-year-old Shoalhaven man was arrested on July 29th and taken to the cells at the Nowra Police Station before being transferred to Silverwater Remand Centre, where he tested positive to coronavirus.

The police station has undergone a deep clean and a Sate Government source has confirmed to 2ST the officers who dealt with the man have been placed in isolation.

Shoalhaven Police say the station is operating as normal, and officers are still at work protecting the community.

South Coast Police Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore said officers were well prepared for the possible risks COVID-19 poses.

"Our officers have been well trained in the procedures that need to be followed," he said.

"They act professionally. This is something we have been trained in and prepared for since March last year."

Mr Moore said the Nowra Police Station underwent regular cleaning.

image: Glenn Ellard

Nowra protest questions loss of freedom

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What rights do people have to decide what is put into their bodies?

That was one of the questions being asked by about 18 protestors who gathered in Nowra on Saturday waving signs to express concerns about the continued lockdown and the potential of being forced to have COVID vaccinations.

It was part of coordinated protests across Australia, but while many met with heavy police responses there was no sign of law enforcement for the Nowra protestors who gathered on the corner of the Princes Highway and North Street.

Among them was a Shoalhaven man who identified himself only as Paul, who said anyone not wanting to have the vaccine faced the prospect of becoming second class citizens, locked out of a range of activities and events.

And he questioned what had happened to an individual's freedom to choose what was best for them.

"We're told that when we get to 70 per cent, 80 per cent, that we can have some of our freedoms, but oh, the freedoms are only going to be for the vaccinated," he said.

"That sort of reminds me of the Aboriginal people not allowed to drink in pubs in Australia in the late-60s or 70s because of their skin colour. 

"So is Gladys going to stand there and say 'You can't go to the park Paul, you can't go to the hospital Paul, you can't go to Bunnings Paul, you can't go to the Sydney Cricket Ground Paul and watch the football or the cricket because you're not vaccinated'?"

Paul said many industries and workplaces were making COVID vaccinations compulsory, and asked what were the options for people in those industries who chose not to get vaccinated.

"I don't like the idea of the mandatory vaccinations for working," he said.

"We're worried for our kids, we're worried for our neighbours, we're worried for our wives and husbands and for the future."

Paul said one of the issues ignored in the vaccination push was the number of people struggling with next to no income due to the ongoing lockdown, which he said had resulted in increased domestic violence and record levels of calls to Lifeline.

Image: Glenn Ellard

NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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NSW Health has released a list of all COVID-19 close contact venues across the Shoalhaven as of October 6 at 8.00 am.

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases are associated with the following locations.

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

Culburra Beach Woolworths - 12.20 pm to 12.40 pm Friday 24 September

Huskisson The Great Husky Bite - 10.30 am to 2 pm Tuesday 28 September

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

Kiama Service NSW - 4.10 pm to 4.15 pm Monday 20 September

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Bakehouse Delight - 9.49 am to 9.54 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Better Tyres - 1 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Blooms the Chemist - 2.45 pm to 2.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Chemist Warehouse - 12 pm to 12.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Dan Murphys - 1.35 pm to 1.40 pm Thursday 23 September 

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

Nowra Fins Fangs and Feathers - 4.12 pm to 4.17 pm Thursday 30 September

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

Nowra McDonalds Nowra Central - 8.30 pm to 8.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Nowra Local Court - 10 am to 11.30 am Monday 27 September

Nowra Southern IML Pathology - 9.10 am to 9.30 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths Stocklands - 4.55 pm to 6 pm Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

Sanctuary Point Bakery - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

South Nowra Shell Coles Express - 7.50 am to 8 am Monday 27 September

St Georges Basin Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre - 11.25 am to 11.40 am 23 September

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

Worrigee Naaji's Charcoal Chicken Kebabs - 10.55 am to 11 am Saturday 25 September

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

If you have been to any of these locations on the date and time shown below, you are a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate, even if you have no symptoms.

You must follow Public Health advice on the NSW Health website.

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

One new case of covid19 for Wingecarribee

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There has been one new case of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until 8 last night.

The total number of cases in the local Government Area is now 33 since June.

New South Wales has recorded 1063 new local Covid cases.

Six people with the virus have died.

 

Operation Stay at Home enforces COVID-19 stay at home orders across the Shoalhaven

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Police are out in numbers during Operation Stay at Home, which is enforcing the NSW Government's statewide lockdown.

A checkpoint has been set up at Bombo near Kiama to prevent those locked down in Greater Sydney from trying to get to the Shoalhaven and South Coast.

Police will also be cruising arterial roads and back roads,  as well as patrolling roadside rest stops and transport hubs, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Anyone traveling into the regions must apply for a permit.

There are fines ranging between $500 to $5000 for those caught breaching Public Health Orders.

Images: Supplied

Pop up testing clinics for Bomaderry & Huskisson

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Two pop up testing clinics will open in the Shoalhaven from tomorrow morning.

That includes:

Bomaderry Histopath Drive-through Clinic
Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark
90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry
8am – 5pm – 7 days

Huskisson Southern IML Drive-through Clinic
Huskisson Scout Hall Carpark
Kioloa Street, Huskisson
8am – 5pm – 7 days

It follows confirmation that the Shoalhaven LGA has recorded two cases of covid19.

Fragments of the virus have also been detected at the Bomaderry Sewage Treatment Plant.

 

 

Production halted on Russell Crowe film after crew member tests positive for COVID while shooting in Sydney's Fox Studios

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After upsetting some Illawarrians and South Coasters and winning over others for filming in Kiama and Berry during tight COVID restrictions early last month, production of Russell Crowe's film Poker Face has been suspended after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 while shooting was reportedly taking place at Fox Studios in Sydney.

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Crowe has taken to Twitter stating that the cast and crew is in isolation while a second possible case is being investigated.

"Unfortunately six days from the end of our shoot on Poker Face we have had a confirmed positive COVID case amongst our crew and a second possible positive under further investigation by our Poker Face Covid team and NSW Health.

"For the safety of cast and crew and the wider community, the production has been immediately paused and everyone instructed to isolate whilst the situation is looked into," Crowe said.

The Oscar winner said the production has followed strict protocols with the cast and crew being tested three times a week for the past 11-plus weeks and resisted a number of offers from locals during his time on the South Coast.

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"The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions," Crowe said.

"We feel for the crew members involved, like all the people on this show they are both very committed team players and diligent in their approach to their work responsibilities.

"We also feel for the wider community going through these difficult times.

"We hope this situation will be confined and we can be back up and running very soon," Crowe said.

The movie is due to be released next year.

Images: flickr / Eva Rinaldi and Russell Crowe Twitter

Public Health Alert Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed on the website, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day six from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

 

Nowra, The Friendly Grocer East Nowra

100 Kalandar Street, Tuesday 12 October 2021, 2:30pm to 2:45pm

 

Bomaderry, Harry's Takeaway

71/73 Meroo Street, Sunday 3 October 2021, 5:15pm to 5:25pm

 

Worrigee, FoodWorks Worrigee

60 Isa Road, Sunday 10 October 2021, 12:30pm to 12:45pm

 

Image: News

Quarantine in NSW to be scrapped

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Quarantine will be a thing of the past in NSW from November.

Premier Dominic Perrottet says domestic and international travellers won't have to isolate upon arrival in the state.

Travellers from around the world will need to be fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 on departure and arrival.

NSW is the first state in the country, working with the Commonwealth, to announce it will open up to travellers from overseas and scrap quarantine rules.

"For double vaccinated people around the world, Sydney (and) NSW is open for business," Mr Perrottet said on Friday.

"We want people back."

The premier also confirmed restrictions will ease further across NSW from Monday, a week after the first phase of the state's exit from lockdown began, but Sydneysiders will be unable to travel to the regions.

NSW will hit 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage, likely by Saturday, which will prompt changes to a raft of restrictions.

The number of guests at weddings and funerals will be unlimited and up to 20 household visitors will be able allowed.

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole confirmed the decision to delay travel to the regions until November 1 had been taken because of the risk to communities where vaccination rates lag behind the cities.

Delaying regional travel was necessary to protect communities from a virus outbreak because only 36 per cent of regional local government areas have populations where 80 per cent are double vaccinated against COVID-19.

"We have to make sure that there is a balance between protecting communities and opening up," Mr Toole said.

Some 399 new local COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

NSW Health said there had been four more COVID-19 deaths in the same period and one new case of COVID-19 that was acquired overseas.

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Record COVID-19 cases for the Shoalhaven

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NSW Health has reported a record number of new Coronavirus cases for the Shoalhaven today.

There are 50 new cases reported in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region up until 8 pm last night, bringing the total cases in the Local Health District to 771.

  • 24 cases are from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 10 are linked to known cases.
  • 13 cases are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, six are linked to known cases.
  • 11 cases are from the Shoalhaven Local Government Area, four are linked to known cases.
  • Two cases are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

Shoalhaven & Wingecarribee to remain in lockdown

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Stay at home orders will remain in place for the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.

However there are some regions which will open under restrictions ( more details to come ).

There was one new case for the Shoalhaven LGA and one for the Wingecarribee.

That brings the total in the Wingecarribee to 13 cases, but with 10 of those, there is no known source.

About 107-thousand people across New South Wales were vaccinated against Covid yesterday.

The state has recorded 14-hundred and 5 new local cases in 24 hours

Six people with the virus have died.

Shoalhaven Council shuts administration and indoor sporting venues

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Shoalhaven City Council has closed multiple venues and facilities to the public until August 14 because of the COVID-19 regional shutdown .  

The following Council venues and facilities are closed to the public: 

  • Administration Buildings in Nowra and Ulladulla  
  • Indoor recreation centres  
  • Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre  
  • Holiday Haven Caravan Parks  
  • Showgrounds and campgrounds  
  • Public Swimming pools,  excluding Sea pools at Ulladulla and Huskisson which will remain open.  
  • Waste Transfer Stations at Ulladulla, Huskisson and West Nowra remain open  
  • Libraries, Galleries and other Community buildings   
  • Animal Shelters   
  • Community Centres, Public Halls and Buildings  

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Council staff are continuing to provide all essential works and maintenance during this period, including waste collection, sewerage and water treatment operations and Family Day Care.   

These essential works are permitted under the NSW Public Health Orders, and all staff are adhering to COVID Safe requirements. A full list of the current impacts on Council services and facilities is available on Council’s website.  

Images: Supplied 

 

Shoalhaven COVID cases continue to climb

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There have been a further nine COVID cases in the Shoalhaven area - three linked to known cases.

Five of the new cases are from the 2540 area, the remaining four from the area covered by the 2541 postcode.

There were no new cases in Kiama, among 60 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

There were 45 in the Wollongong area, including 14 linked to known cases, and six in Shellharbour, or which two are linked to known cases.

There have now been 1903 COVID cases within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June, and at 8pm on Wednesday there were 40 COVID cases being treated in the district's hospitals.

Across the state there were 587 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday, and eight people who had COVID lost their lives.

They included a man in the 20s from Western Sydney who died in his home and tested positive after his death.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reminds people to remain vigilant for symptoms and get tested if any appear, no matter how mild.

Symptoms include cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

People with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

Shoalhaven declared a Covid-19 affected area by the ACT

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The ACT Government has declared 14 additional local government areas in regional NSW as COVID-19 affected areas including the  Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.

At this stage travel to or from the Jervis Bay Territory is not included in the restricted zone.

Anyone who leaves these areas will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

They must also must complete an online exemption form within 72 hours prior to arriving in the ACT.

The 14 additional local government areas include:

Armidale Regional Council

Cessnock City Council

Coffs Harbour City Council

Dubbo Regional Council

Dungog Shire Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Maitland City Council

Mid-Western Regional Council

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Newcastle City Council

Port Stephens Council

Shoalhaven City Council

Singleton Council

Wingecarribee Shire Council

For further details head to: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/new-travel-requirements-for-nsw-and-victoria

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Shoalhaven expected to stay in lock down

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South Coast MP Shelley Hancock thinks the Shoalhaven should be excluded from the lockdown this week, but doesn't believe it will be.

The State Government is expected to announce today the future of the lockdown , and whether some regional areas can be excluded.

Mrs Hancock said while she had been pushing for restrictions to be eased in the Shoalhaven, she was not optimistic given the number of COVID cases in the area, which yesterday grew to 14.

Although she argued the area's COVID case number was still low, and virtually all were connected.

"Last week or the week before we had zero cases, and had zero cases for a long time despite the trickling down of truck drivers and essential workers coming from Sydney or Wollongong to deliver the essential goods that people expect to be on the shelves," she said.

She called on people in the Shoalhaven to not panic, despite the number of local COVID cases growing 

Mrs Hancock said contract tracers were hard at work contacting people who had potentially been exposed to the virus, with many of the cases linked to an infected worker at Bunnings in South Nowra.

She said no other venues of concern had been identified as posing a threat to the community, after COVID had arrived in the Shoalhaven through someone travelling legally.

"I would be telling you right now if there was another venue of concern," she said.

"There are no other significant venues of concern otherwise we'd know about it.

"Bunnings was the only one because it was quite a long period of time, but that case has been linked to another couple of cases, or three or four cases, and so I think we're okay," Mrs Hancock said.

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Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres pass 20,000 jabs

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Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres have passed the 20-thousand COVID vaccination mark, and celebrated the milestone before immunising another 1200 people at Vincentia on Saturday.

The milestone jab was given to Melissa Carlsson of Nowra, who said it was the right thing to do, particularly as she had young children.

They include 12-year-old Riley who had been asking when he could get vaccinated.

"It's all about protecting myself and the community, and also my children and everyone else around," Ms Carlsson said.

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Joining Saturday's celebrations was officer in charge at the Nowra Police Station, Inspector Ray Stynes, who praised the planning and dedication that went into protecting so many people.

"20,000 vaccinations into the Shoalhaven community is unreal," Inspector Stynes said.

"It's a fantastic result, great effort, great planning, and I can only take my hat off to them.

"And it's not just these centres, it's all the GPs, all the pharmacists," Inspector Stynes said.

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Shoalhaven medical practices face major vaccine shortage

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The latest health advice states teenagers can now be vaccinated to protect them from COVID-19.

But local medical practices are asking when the Pfizer vaccines are coming to cater for the large number of teenagers wanting the jab, particularly before they go back to school in October.

Greg Davis from the Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres said his practices were already booked out for Pfizer vaccinations until the end of November, and without extra allocations there was no way to also immunise teenagers.

"We're booked out until November, almost December with our current supplies, and if the government wants to get children vaccinated quickly, and they want general practice to carry some of that burden, they're really going to have to supplement or inject more Pfizer into the general practice system," Mr Davis said.

"I know we're going to have some very upset parents when they ring up and say that their child's entitled to a vaccine, and whilst we agree and want to do it, we simply don't have the allocations to do it."

Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro admitted supplies of the Pfizer vaccine remained low, but said they were controlled by the Federal Government.

And with the Feds announcing new health advice allowing children as young as 12 to be vaccinated, Mr Barilaro expected Pfizer supplies to increase in September and October.

"We have limited supplies of Pfizer, we've got to wait for the Federal Government," he said.

"We believe that now that they've made this announcement there was some additional supply.

"We know we don't have that at the moment, so it's sort of awaiting the Federal Government to announce if it has additional supply off the back of that announcement."

Mr Barilaro said the plan to have students return to school from October 25th did not rely on students having COVID vaccinations, and the return to school timeframe was put in place before the Federal Government announced its changed health advice.

"Our current arrangement for schools returning on the 25th is teachers getting vaccinated, COVID-safe plans in return to school and a staged approach in returning certain ages and cohorts," he said.

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Shoalhaven Pharmacies join the fight against COVID-19

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Shoalhaven Chemists have joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving State and Federal Government approvals.

Nine pharmacies have begun or are about to start administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

  • Atli Country Pharmacy
  • Blooms the Chemist Junction Street
  • Blooms the Chemist Nowra Mall
  • Blooms the Chemist Kiama
  • Capital Chemist Huskisson 
  • Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse 
  • Kiama Pharmacy
  • North Nowra Pharmacy
  • Ramsay Pharmacy

Contact the pharmacy to organise an appointment.

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Shoalhaven records 11 new COVID cases

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There have been 11 new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - all from the 2541 postcode with two linked to known cases.

Figures reported this morning reveal there were also six in the Shellharbour local government area and 14 from Wollongong, while Kiama recorded no new cases for the 11th day in a row.

They were among 31 cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District again fell for the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

The latest detections bring the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District to 2215 since the Delta outbreak started in June.

At 8pm on Thursday there were 31 COVID-19 patients being treated in Wollongong Hospital and one in Shoalhaven Hospital.

Health authorities have reminded people to remain vigilant for symptoms and get tested if any appear, no matter how mild.

Symptoms include cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

People with mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

Shoalhaven records more new cases than Wollongong

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The Shoalhaven's daily COVID-19 case tally has exceeded Wollongong's for the first time in months.

Figures for the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday showed six people in the Shoalhaven tested positive to COVID-19 - four of them linked to known cases.

The new cases are split evenly between the 2540 and 2541 postcodes.

There are also two new cases in Kiama, two in Shellharbour and five in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

The daily figures also showed the number of COVID patients in the health district's hospitals at 8pm on Tuesday had risen by another two to 25.

Across the state NSW recorded 304 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, along with a single case in an international traveller.

The 305 cases mean there are now 418 people in hospital statewide, with 97 requiring intensive care.

Three people with COVID-19 died  in the most recent reporting period, according to NSW Health.

Since the start of the current outbreak in June there have been 2,391 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Shoalhaven small business feeling the pinch as the COVID-19 lockdown continues

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Nowra's CBD is devoid of activity as the regional COVID-19 lockdown continues and an extension is on the cards.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has hinted at an extended lockdown, indicating Chief Health Minister Dr. Kerry Chant will be reluctant to ease restrictions in regional NSW that have no COVID cases while there are active COVID-19 cases in nearby LGA's.

Two weeks into the lockdown and Shoalhaven businesses, especially smaller operators are feeling the pinch.

Fortunately for some, NSW State Government relief funding and Federal Government Job-Keeper payments are starting to trickle in.

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Nowra's 'Wild Tribe' children's clothing store, employs two people and is also is a retail outlet for nine other local enterprises.

Owner Alison Henry said the state and federal dollars will keep 'Wild Tribe' afloat.

She said, "Small business still has bills to pay, they're not going anywhere.

" You don't want to lose your staff," she said.

Ms. Henry said, "You don't want to build your business, and then all of a sudden you have to put it on hold."

She said, "A generous landlord, who offered rent relief,  made a huge difference, and eased the financial pressure on the smaller outlets in my store who would really struggle."

Ms. Henry said the state and federal support, as well as rent relief, makes a small business operator feel more confident coming out of lockdown.

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Shoalhaven vaccination rates on the rise

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The Shoalhaven is powering ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program.

The latest figures show more than 60 per cent of the Shoalhaven's eligible population is fully vaccinated - up from 54.8 per cent just a week ago.

And 87.2 per cent of people have had at least one jab, an increase from 82.2 per cent a week earlier.

In Kiama 89.6 per cent have had one jab, and 66.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In Shellharbour 86.4 per cent of people aged  over 15 have had their first vaccination and 56.2 per cent have had two, while in Wollongong  it's 81.7 per cent with one jab and 56.4 per cent with two.

To the south in neighbouring Eurobodalla 94.5 per cent have had one jab, and 66.2 per cent are fully vaccinated, while in Bega Valley 89.2 per cent had had one jab, and 64.1 per cent have had two.

Six in the Shoalhaven as district cases fall

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There have been six new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - four from the 2541 postcode and two in the 2540 area.

They were reported this morning as COVID-19 case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District again fell, with just 22 new infections detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

That included nine in the Shellharbour local government area - two linked to known cases, and seven from Wollongong of which five were linked to known cases.

Kiama recoded no new cases for the tenth day in a row.

Across the state there were 406 new locally-acquired cases for the 24 hours, with six deaths among people with COVID-19.

One of those deaths was a woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital.

She had received one dose of a vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

There have now been 2,184 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm Wednesday, 13 October there were 33 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

Six new cases in the Shoalhaven

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There have been six new cases of COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven, according to figures released this morning.

The cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday were split evenly between the areas covered by the 2540 and 2541 postcodes,  and two were linked to known cases.

There were no new cases in the Kiama Local Government Area, but a total of 51 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 34 from the Wollongong Local Government Area, of which 11 were linked to known cases, and 11 in the Shellharbour LGA, including five linked to known cases.

There have now been 1792 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the outbreak in June.

At 8pm Monday there were 38 COVID-19 patients being treated in Wollongong Hospital, and none in Shoalhaven Hospital.

The daily figures also included three new COVID cases in the Southern Highlands, bringing the Wingecarribee Shire's total number of cases since June to 63.

 

Southern Highland exposure sites listed

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A Bargo business has been added to the list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites after a person who visited for three successive days later tested positive for Coronavirus.

The person attended the Bargo BWS between 2.30 and 3pm on September 27, 28 and 29.

Anyone who was at the Railside Avenue business at those times needs to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative result is achieved.

The same health advice applies to anyone who visited Woolworths Mittagong or Hayters Timber and Paving of Mittagong at the listed times.

The venues and times of concern are:

Bargo:

BWS Bargo, Railside Avenue, 2.30 - 3pm on Monday, September 27, 2.30 - 3pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2.30 - 3pm on Wednesday, September 29.

Khan's Supa IGA Bargo, 4.20 - 8.20pm on Monday, September 20.

Mittagong:

Woolworths Mittagong, Highlands Marketplace, 8.45 - 9.45am on Wednesday, September 29.

Hayters Timber and Paving, Cavendish Street, all day on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.

 

Southern Highlands man one of five deaths recorded

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NSW Health has revealed that one of the five covid deaths recorded up to 8 last night is a man from the Southern Highlands who died at home.

It's not known whether the man in his 60's had any pre - existing medical conditions.

No details have been made available about where the man was staying or how he contracted the virus.

Across the state, and New South Wales recorded 1281 new local Covid cases.