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13 new cases in Wingecarribee

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There have been 13 new cases of covid19 for the 24 hours up to eight o'clock last night.

NSW Health is reporting there are now 50 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and the number of daily Covid infections has jumped by two-thousand - with 5715 new infections.

347 people with the virus are now in hospital - that's up 45 on yesterday.

45 people are in intensive care, and one person has died.

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.

 

200 Shoalhaven cases, without RAT results

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Nearly 1400 people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District tested positive for COVID via PCR swabs in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, but that number is expected to be dwarfed by rapid antigen test results.

Across the state there were 92,264 new COVID cases including 61,387 that came via positive rapid antigen tests completed since January 1 but reported yesterday as part of new reporting requirements, and included in the daily figures for the first time today.

At this stage the RAT results have not been broken down into geographical areas or health districts.

The PCR results included 208 new cases in the Shoalhaven - the vast majority centred on the 2541, 2540 and 2539 areas.

There were 83 new cases in Kiama, 345 in Shellharbour and 760 in Wollongong.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals has grown to 96.

Across the state there are 2,383 COVID patients being treated in hospital, including 182 people in intensive care, 60 of whom require ventilation.

In the 24 hours to 8pm last night there were 22 COVID-related deaths in NSW.

One person was aged in their 60s, eight were aged in their 70s, seven were aged in their 80s, five were aged in their 90s and one had past 100 years.

Of those 14 were vaccinated and eight were unvaccinated.

Seven people were from south western Sydney, seven were from Northern Sydney, three were from south eastern Sydney, two were from Inner Sydney, one was from the Eastern Suburbs, one was from the Central Coast and one was from the Cessnock area.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 799.

The number of children aged five to 11 who have received the first dose of a vaccine had reached four per cent of all possible youngsters by 8pm last night, while the number of adults vaccinated remains stagnant at 95.1 per cent having received on dose, and 93.7 per cent having two.

 

3 Covid deaths for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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There were 1142 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 408 positive PCR tests and 734 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 543 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 235 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 305 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 59 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of three people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District (LHD).Details are as follows: 

  • A female her in 60s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A male in his 80s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 90s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

669 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven district

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There were 669 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in figures released this morning.

They include 143 from the Shoalhaven, 38 from Kiama, 115 from Shellharbour and 373 from Wollongong.

They were among 10,689 new cases across the state in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.

The 24 hours also brought six COVID-related deaths - three women and three men.

One person was in their 40s, one was in their 70s, one was in their 80s, and three were in their 90s.

The person in their 40s who died had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had significant underlying health conditions.

Two were from south-western Sydney, one was from Sydney’s Inner West, one  was from the Riverina region, one was from Taree and one was from the Clarence Valley area.

They bring the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,991.

There are currently 1,032 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 38 people in intensive care, 19 of whom require ventilation.

A jump in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID 19 case numbers

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded seven COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm Friday night.

Four are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

Three are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

One Kiama case was acquired interstate.

There have been 2,499 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

The Health Department reminds the community to remain vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

A Kiama man succumbs to the COVID-19 virus

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A Kiama man has fallen victim to the COVID-19 virus according the NSW Health.

The man who, was aged in his eighties and was vaccinated, is among the 25 people in NSW who died as a result of Coronavirus in the 24 hours up until 8 pm Wednesday.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District has reported 1806 positive COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Those cases include 515 positive rapid antigen tests and 1291 positive PCR tests.

There are 316 new infections detected from the Shoalhaven and 48 from Kiama

Another 694 cases came from Wollongong and 233 from Shellharbour

Statewide the number of COVID-19 positive patients in hospital and I-C-U has dropped. 

2781 people in NSW hospitals have the virus.

137 of those patients are in Illawarra Shoalhaven District Hospitals.

Statewide 212 patients are in intensive care. 

A Shellharbour woman among the latest COVID-19 related deaths

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There were 513 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 203 positive PCR tests and 310 positive rapid antigen tests RATs.

  •  266 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area
  • 105 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 118 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 24 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the death of one person with COVID-19 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

A female in her 80s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

The Local Health District expresses its sincere condolences to her loved ones.

As at 7pm, 9 February there were 151 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital across the local health district.

 

 

A Shoalhaven woman and two Shellharbour men the latest COVID-19 victims

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NSW Health is reporting a Shoalhaven woman and two men from Shellharbour are among the 30 people state-wide who have died from COVID-19 related illness in the 24 hours till 8pm yesterday.

The Shoalhaven woman was aged in her 80's and was vaccinated against Coronavirus.

The two Shellharbour men, one in his 70's, the other was in his 80's, were both vaccinated.

Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district there are 659 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm Monday, including 291 positive PCR tests and 368 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 150 cases from the Shoalhaven, and  29 cases from the Kiama LGA.

There are 335 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area and145 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.

A significant drop in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 case numbers

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There were 602 positive COVID-19 cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven in the 24 hour period to 8 pm last night,  including 259 positive PCR tests and 343 positive rapid antigen tests.

121 cases came from the Shoalhaven  and 19 cases from Kiama .

There are 328 cases from Wollongong and 134 cases from Shellharbour.

As of 8 pm Thursday, there were 167 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven hospitals.

 

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.

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About 70 take part in Shoalhaven vaccination protest

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Shoalhaven Mayoral candidate Nina Digiglio was among about 70 people marching across the Shoalhaven Bridge on Sunday afternoon to protest against mandatory COVID vaccinations.

The protest was part of the national Reclaim The Line movement.

Disability workers, teachers, nurses and other health care workers joined parents walking with their children as they protested against the vaccination policies that have seen many take lengthy unpaid leave or lose their jobs.

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They include Ross Poulton's wife Bronwyn, who was a physiotherapist.

"In May last year my wife was warned if she came onto the premises she would be fined $5000, and her employer would be fined a greater amount," he said.

"So she took leave without pay, and I think it was about the beginning of October, she was fired."

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While some protested about losing their jobs, others carried signs raising concerns about losing the right to decide what happened to their own bodies.

"We believe the government is interfering with basic human rights by demanding the vaccinations, which don't work by the way, so we're her to protest that and to stand up for our freedoms," Mr Poulton said.

The protest march along the bridge footpath also included young parents walking with their children, carrying signs proclaiming their children should not be treated as science experiments.

Images: Glenn Ellard

Active COVID cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven on the rise

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Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven region there are 423 active COVID-19 cases

According to Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District figures, 33 of those are in the Shoalhaven and 17 are in the Kiama area.

To the north of the Shoalhaven, there are 312 active Coronavirus cases in the Wollongong local government area and 61 in Shellharbour.

NSW Health said active cases are people who've tested positive for the virus, are in isolation and are being clinically monitored by authorities.

Infected patients are considered active for 14 days after their symptom onset date.

NSW Health said it remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. 

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The increase in COVID-19 infections has resulted in another COVID testing venue opening at the Milton Showground.

Other COVID Testing venues in the Shoalhaven are located at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark.

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry.

8am-5pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Culburra Beach Histopath – Crookhaven Park 

Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic.

Culburra Oval Mini Fields Carpark (opposite Culburra Beach Tennis Courts)

Entry via Prince Edward Ave, Culburra Beach. 

8am - 3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Gerringong 4Cyte Pathology Drive-Through

Gerringong Medical and Cosmetic Centre.

139 Belinda Street.

9am-3:30pm - Monday-Friday.

 

Kiama Laverty Drive-Through Pop-up Clinic

Netball Club behind Kiama Leisure Centre.

1 Havilah Place Kiama (entry via Terralong Street)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-1pm Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Milton Ulladulla Hospital

106 Princes Highway.

T: 4454 9100

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Please bring your Medicare card with you.

8:30am-4pm - 7 days

 

Milton Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Milton Showground.

107 Croobyar Rd.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Open 12pm-3pm, 20 December.

Then, 8am-3pm - 7 days

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra

Shoalhaven Hospital

2 Scenic Drive.

Location: Hospital in the Home (HITH) area.

T: 1300 002 108

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8:30am-12:30pm and 1.15pm - 4.30pm - 7 days.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25 December - CLOSED.

26, 27, 28 December - 8:30am-12:30pm

1 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-Through Clinic

57 Junction St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

9am-5pm - Monday-Friday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

North Nowra Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, West Cambewarra Rd

(enter via Illaroo Rd)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Showground Laverty Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

West St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-12pm - Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Sanctuary Point Respiratory Clinic

195 Kerry Street.

T: 0478 799 400

Testing times vary daily.

 

St Georges Basin Southern IML Pathology Drive-through Clinic

St Georges Basin Sporting Complex.

Panorama Road (off Wool Rd)

8:30am-5pm – 7 days.

 

Sussex Inlet Histopath Drive-Through & Walk-in Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre, 21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet .

8am-4pm – 7 days (including public holidays)

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm,

 

Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic

114 Princes Highway.

T: 4455 5422

Note: Appointment required.

 

The Huskisson Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic is not currently operating.

 

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 COVID related death in the Shellharbour LGA

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There were 472 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 225 positive PCR tests and 247 positive rapid antigen tests.

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 247 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area.
  • 119 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.
  • 88 cases from the Shoalhaven LGA.
  • 18 cases from the Kiama LGA.

NSW Health is today reporting the death of one person with COVID-19 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven  Local Health District.

A female in her 90s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19.

As at 7pm,  February 10, there were 151 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

 

 

Another COVID-19 victim reported in the Shoalhaven

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Health authorities have reported another COVID-19 related death in the Shoalhaven.

NSW Health said a male in his 80s from Shoalhaven Local Government Area who was vaccinated against COVID-19 has died..

There are 641 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 20 hour period to 4pm on Tuesday, including 319 positive PCR tests and 322 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 145 cases from the Shoalhaven Local Government Area and 32 cases from Kiama.

NSW Health has reported 352 cases from Wollongong and 112 cases from Shellharbour.

At 8pm Tuesday, there were 174 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven Hospitals .

 

 

 

Another four COVID related deaths in the Shellharbour region

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NSW Health is today reporting the death of another four people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District, all from the Shellharbour region.

  • A male in his 60s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 80s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • A male in his 90s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • A female aged 100 from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

That brings to 10 the number of COVID related deaths in the Shellharbour area since the 10th of February 2022.

There were 549 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 209 positive PCR tests and 340 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 278 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 129 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 129 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 13 cases from Kiama LGA

To view all case data for our District, visit our website: https://bit.ly/ISLHD-case-numbers

For a full list of local testing clinic locations visit: https://bit.ly/ISLHD-COVID-testing.

 

 

Another increase in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 cases

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There were 518 positive COVID-19 test results notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 242 positive PCR tests and 276 positive rapid antigen tests.

That is an increase of 31 cases on the previous day.

  • 135 cases from Shoalhaven Local Government Area compared with 122 cases yesterday.
  • 25 cases came from the Kiama LGA which is seven more than for the previous day.
  • 261 cases from Wollongong LGA which is two more than yesterday.
  • 97 cases from Shellharbour LGA compared to 84 cases the previous day.

As at 7pm, 8 February there were 165 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in the District.

Across NSW there were 10,312 positive test cases notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, including 5,961 positive rapid antigen tests  and 4,351 positive PCR tests.

 

 

 

 

Another rise in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID case numbers

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There were 157,758 COVID-19 tests reported till 8pm last night by NSW Health , as Coronavirus case numbers explode.

NSW recorded 11-thousand 201 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday.

There are 625 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 61 in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation.

As at 8 pm on December 28, there were 15 patients in hospital in the District as a result of COVID-19.

NSW Health reports the death of another three COVID-19 patients.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven today has 255 new infections, which is an increase of 44 on yesterday's figures.

  • 185 cases are from the Wollongong local government area.
  • 32 new cases are from Shellharbour.
  • 29 new infections reported in the Shoalhaven.
  • 9 cases are from the Kiama local government area.

There have been 4,211 total community acquired COVID-19 cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District reported since 16 June 2021.

 

 

Another Shoalhaven COVID case being investigated

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The source of another Shoalhaven COVID case is being investigated after the infection was detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

The case from the 2540 area is not linked to any known cases.

Eight other cases from the previous two days are also being investigated as they are also not linked to any known infections.

The Shoalhaven case is among 23 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during the 24 hour period, including two in the Shellharbour local government area and 20 from Wollongong.

They take the health district's total number of cases since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported, to 2782.

Across the state there were 1,742 new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A total of 122 cases of COVID-19 with the Omicron variant have been confirmed in NSW, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 90,144.

There are currently 192 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 26 people in intensive care, eight of whom require ventilation.

NSW Health urges everyone aged 18 years and older to receive a booster five months after receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials say the emergence of the Omicron variant is a timely reminder of the importance of booster shots in maintaining a high level of protection against the COVID-19 virus.

They urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

They also recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose. Talk to your GP for more advice.  

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay.

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 deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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NSW Health is today reporting the death of two people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District. 

  • A male in his 70s from Wollongong LGA who was not vaccinated 
  • A male in his 90s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

There were 607 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 279 positive PCR tests and 328 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 322 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area 
  • 124 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 136 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 25 cases from Kiama LGA

The breakdown on the number of COVID-19 cases in the District’s hospitals is not currently available.

 

 

 

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

 

Another two COVID-related deaths in our district

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There have been another two COVID-related deaths from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

A woman in her 70s and a man in his 90s, both from Wollongong, died while battling COVID.

Both were vaccinated against the virus.

They're among eight deaths across the state in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.

Along with the two from Wollongong there were two people from Western Sydney, one from southern Sydney, one from Maitland, one from Newcastle and one from Coffs Harbour.

They bring the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,513.

There are currently 1,435 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 44 people in intensive care, 13 of whom require ventilation.

There were 1167 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported in this morning's figures, including 328 from the Shoalhaven.

There were also 48 from Kiama, 242 from Shellharbour and 549 from Wollongong.

They were among  20,396 new cases across the state in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.

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."

 

Big jump in local COVID cases

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There's been another big jump in new COVID cases within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

There were 1,023 new cases detected in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, including 176 in the Shoalhaven and 31 in Kiama.

There were also 612 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area and 204 cases from Shellharbour.

They were among 13,018 new cases across the state.

NSW Health is also reporting the deaths of five people with COVID-19 - three men and two women.

Three people were aged in their 70s, one was in their 80s and one was in their 90s.

Two people were from south western Sydney, one was from Western Sydney, one was from the Newcastle area and one was from Armidale.

This brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,953.

There are currently 1,070 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 43 people in intensive care, 16 of whom require ventilation.

And there have been 1,391,233 COVID cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic.

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.  

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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.

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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.

Case numbers rise as five detected in the Shoalhaven

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Five new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven are under investigation after being diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

There were four cases in the 2540 area, and one in the 2541 postcode - none of them linked to known cases.

They were among 32 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - the largest daily tally for more than two months.

That included one case in the Kiama local government area, two in Shellharbour and 24 in Wollongong.

As at 8pm, last there were eight COVID patients in district's hospitals.

Across the state there were 2,213 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

The number of cases of the Omicron variant in the state has risen to 185, while the total number of COVID cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic has climbed to to 92,343.

The 24 hours also brought the COVID-related death of an unvaccinated woman in her 60s from the Northern Tablelands who had underlying health conditions.

Throughout the state there are 215 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, eight of whom require ventilation.

Changes to covid19 restrictions in NSW

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The changes in restrictions come less than two weeks after they were relaxed on December 15. All will stay in place until at least January 27.

FROM DECEMBER 24

* Indoor mask wearing will be compulsory in all non residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices.

* People are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.

FROM DECEMBER 27

* Hospitality venues will return to the one person per two-square metre rule. No density limits will apply outdoors.

* QR codes will again be compulsory in all settings, reversing a decision to scrap the rules in retail and hospitality settings.

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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 case numbers are on the rise

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COVID case numbers are on the rise in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and across the state.

While there were no new cases in the Shoalhaven in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, there was one in the Kiama local government area, one in Shellharbour and 21 in Wollongong - the biggest daily case number since October 21.

They come as the number of new cases across the state in the 24 hours climbed to 337.

NSW Health has confirmed a further case of the Omicron variant of concern, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to nine.

The case is a student at Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney, which has been dismissed for the year.

NSW Health is concerned the virus might have been acquired in the community as the student has no overseas travel history or links to people with overseas travel history.

The latest cases bring the total number in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 82,325.

There have been 2,591 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

COVID case numbers bouncing around

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded its highest daily COVID case number in 10 days, with 20 new cases reported to 8pm on Sunday night.

They included one case in the Shoalhaven's 2541 area that was linked to a known case, two in Kiama, two in the Shellharbour local government area and 15 in Wollongong.

The 20 local cases were among 536 new cases across the state - representing a worrying rise in case numbers.

Nine of the new cases have been confirmed as being from the Omicron variant, and more are expected as results of genomic testing are confirmed.

There have now been 64 cases of COVID-19's Omicron variant diagnosed in NSW.

The total number of COVID cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic has grown to 86,264.

There are currently 171 COVID-19 cases admitted to state's hospitals, with 24 people in intensive care, nine of whom require ventilation.

Over the weekend there were two cases recorded in the Shoalhaven's 2540 area, two in Kiama, six in Shellharbour and nine in the Wollongong local government area.

 

 

 

 

COVID case numbers continue sharp local rise

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COVID case numbers in the Illawrra Shoalhaven Health District continue to climb, with 71 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday - the highest daily tally in months.

Three of the new cases are in the Shoalhaven - spread across the 2540, 2541 and 2539 areas.

There are also eight new cases in the Kiama local government area, seven in Shellharbour and 53 in Wollongong, bringing the district's tally to 3023 cases since the outbreak began on June 16.

Across the state there were 3,763 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the NSW tally since the beginning of the pandemic to 106,621.

There are currently 302 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 40 people in intensive care, 12 of whom require ventilation.

The number hospitalised across the state has been steadily growing in recent days from 215 Friday to 261 on Monday, 284 Tuesday and 302 today.

Similar increases have been seen in the numbers in intensive care and requiring ventilation.

The 24 hours to 8pm last night also brought the COVID-related deaths of two people - a woman in her 80s from south eastern Sydney who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions, and an unvaccinated woman in her 70s from south western Sydney who also had underlying health conditions.

NSW Health continues to remind everyone to practice COVID-safe behaviours, including recommending people wear a mask in settings where they cannot physically distance.

It says people should get tested and stay home if they have the mildest of symptoms - do not visit family, friends or go to social events if you are unwell, and wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

If you do not have symptoms, consider using a rapid antigen test before going out.

COVID case numbers continue to rise

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COVID case numbers continue rising, with 804 in NSW during the 24 hours to 8pm last night, while the number of Omicron cases in the state has grown to 85.

The rise was also reflected locally, with 28 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - the largest daily number in more than two months.

They included three cases in the Shoalhaven, five in the Shellharbour local government area and 20 in Wollongong.

Two of the Shoalhaven cases were in the 2540 postcode, the other in the 2541 area.

None of them are linked to known cases, and the sources of al three are being investigated.

There have now been 2725 COVID-19 cases within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June 16, 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

NSW has recorded 87.059 COVID cases since the start of the pandemic.

The 24 hours to 8pm on Monday also brought the COVID-related death of an unvaccinated Albury woman aged in her 60s.

Health officials continue to urge anyone who is still unvaccinated to take immediate action to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from COVID by getting the vaccine.

Everyone aged 18 years and older can receive a booster five months after receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and health officials urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible.

They also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose.

  

 

COVID case numbers in hospital continue to fall

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The number of COVID patients being treated in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District's hospitals continues to fall - dropping to four at 8pm on Thursday night.

The previous 24 hours saw six new COVID cases in the district - all of them in Wollongong and four linked to known cases.

There have now been 2525 COVID cases in the district since the Delta outbreak started in June.

Meanwhile NSW recorded its second successive day of no COVID-related deaths. 

The state recorded 261 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,749.

There are currently 185 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 27 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

Despite lower case number the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is again reminding people to remain COVID vigilant and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

It urged people to get tested if any symptoms appear, no matter how mild - including cold or flulike 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 runny nose should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

COVID Case numbers on the way up

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After yesterday's anomaly caused by thousands of uncounted cases, there were still more than 1000 new COVID cases for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District as numbers rise.

The latest figures show 1103 new cases in the district, including 184 in the Shoalhaven and 65 in Kiama.

There were also 599 from Wollongong and 255 cases from Shellharbour.

They were among 20,087 new cases across the state in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday .

The state also recorded the deaths of five women with COVID-19.

Three women were in their 70s and two women were in their 90s.

Two were unvaccinated.

Two were from south western Sydney, one was from western Sydney, one was from the Central Coast and one was from the Port Macquarie region.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,001.

There are currently 1,036 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 34 people in intensive care, 17 of whom require ventilation.

COVID case rise leads to reintroduction of visitor restrictions at Illawarra Shoalhaven Hospitals

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COVID restrictions might have eased across NSW but they've tightened up in hospitals within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

With 74 news case across the district since Monday, the LHD has re-introduced visitor restrictions at its hospitals.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient during visiting sessions.

The LHD said visitors must be over 12 and fully vaccinated.

All visitors will be screened on arrival and must wear a mask at all times.

"These measures are being put in place to protect our patients and visitors, as well as our staff who continue to provide quality of care during this peak period," the LHD said.

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Covid case update for Wingecarribee

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There are now 1344 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire.

That's up from 1218 the previous day.

Across the state and 11 people with Covid have died in 24-hours.

1738 hospital patients have the virus, and 134 are in intensive care.

There are 38625 new cases.

 

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 above 1000

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COVID numbers are on the rise in the Shoalhaven, Kiama and Shellharbour as the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District continues to record more than 1000 new cases a day.

The latest figures show 1091 new cases in the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 260 from the Shoalhaven, 75 from Kiama, 204  from Shellharbour and 552 from Wollongong.

They're among 20,050 new cases across the state.

NSW Health is also reporting the deaths of six people with COVID-19 - five men and one woman.

One person was aged in their 70s, one was in their 80s, and four were in their 90s.

Two were from the Northern Beaches, one was from Western Sydney, one was from Sydney’s Inner West, one was from Northern Sydney and one was from the Snowy Valleys region.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,007.

There are currently 1,060 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 32 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.

 

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 cases increase slightly for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District is reporting an increase of COVID-19 cases compared with yesterday's figures.

There were 487 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 167 positive PCR tests and 320 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 263 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 84 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 122 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 18 cases from Kiama LGA

As at 7pm, 7 February there were 171 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in the District.

 

 

Covid cases on the rise

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The number of covid cases in the Wingcarribee continues to increase

As of eight o'clock Sunday December 19 there were 28 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and there's been a slight dip in new Covid infections -- but hospitalisations have jumped again.

2501 new cases have been detected in 24-hours.

261 people are in hospital, including 33 in intensive care.

Covid cases rise again

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There were 1123 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 322 positive PCR tests and 801 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 568 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) 
  • 276 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 215 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 64 cases from Kiama LGA

COVID claims another dozen lives in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven has recorded its deadliest week of Coronavirus since late May with 12 people dying from COVID-19 in the week ending July 16.

The virus has claimed 40 local lives over the last four reporting weeks taking the region's death toll to 169 since the start of January.

NSW Health Data shows 4,282 new cases were recorded during the reporting period with 47 people hospitalised including eight in ICU.

Influenza infections continue to decrease across the region, down from 269 in the week ending July 9 to 145 on the latest report.

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COVID fears lift alert status at Shoalhaven hospitals

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has escalated the COVID-19 transmission risk to Red as case numbers continue to grow across the region.

"The decision is in response to the evolving situation across NSW and the increasing levels of community transmission," the LHD said.

There's been 97 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven this week.

The move effects visitation at all of the district's hospitals with visitors only allowed for certain circumstances.

The LHD said one partner / support person may support mothers during labour and birth.

"The same partner / support person may visit after birth in the post-natal ward for unrestricted periods between 8am-8pm," the LHD said.

Effective immediately, one parent of a child admitted under Paedatrics services is allow to visit while for end-of-life patients, visitors are only limited to the extent necessary to minimise risk.

"All of the allowed visitors must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all times," the LHD said.

Staff will continue to use Personal Protective Equipment as set out in the Red Alert protocol while there is no change to the current operations for elective surgery, inpatient and outpatient services, cancer screening services, mental health and other clinical services.

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Covid numbers up again

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There were 1412 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 668 positive PCR tests and 744 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 705 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) 
  • 323 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 299 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 85 cases from Kiama LGA

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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 local health district

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There have been 1633 new cases of covid in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Health District for the 24 hours up until eight last night.

That includes 953 in the Wollongong LGA, 430 in Shellharbour, 178 in Shoalhaven and 72 in Kiama.

The number of Covid patients in the state's hospitals is rising.

1609 people in hospital have the virus and 131 are now in intensive care.

34994 new cases have been diagnosed in 24 hours, while six people have died.

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 Southern Highlands

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There are 1715 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire.

That's up from 1697 the previous day.

Another 11 people with Covid have died in New South Wales in the past 24 hours.

2186 people in hospital have the virus, an increase of 150.

170 people are in intensive care.

25870 cases have been detected through P-C-R tests, but rapid antigen test results aren't yet included.

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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NSW Health is now reporting 1429 active cases of covid for the Wingecarribee.

That's down from 1456 cases on Saturday.

Across the state and there have been four deaths, including a two-year-old child.

NSW Health said the child, who was previously well, died at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

There have been 14,970 new infections.

1163 patients in hospital have the virus, including 34 in intensive care.

Covid update for Wingecarribee Shire

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NSW Health is reporting 546 active cases for the Wingecarribee.

The figures were last updated at eight o'clock last night.

Across the state and covid-related deaths have dipped, but hospitalisations are on the rise.

27 people with the virus have died, as the state records more than 13000 infections.

2779 people are in hospital, 185 of them are in intensive care.

Covid update Southern Highlands

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NSW Health is now reporting 1149 active cases of covid19 from PCR tests.

That's down from 1184 cases the previous day.

Across the state and 46 people with Covid have died..

25168 new cases have been recorded, including 10015 through at-home tests.

The number of people in hospital and I-C-U who have the virus has dropped for a second day in a row.

 

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.

Eight Shoalhaven cases as COVID figures soar

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Eight new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven are among 123 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday.

Of the Shoalhaven cases there were two in the 2541 area, three in 2540, two in 2539 and one in the 2535 area.

There were also four new cases on Kiama, 19 in Shellharbour and 92 in the Wollongong local government area.

That's Wollongong's biggest daily case number in months.

The number of COVID patients in the district's hospitals is also on the rise to 11, from eight two days ago when the figure was last published.

There have been 3146 COVID-19 cases reported in the health district since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

The local case number increase reflects what is happening across NSW, which recorded a record 5,715 new cases in the 24 hours.

NSW Health says most of the new cases are likely due to the Omicron strain.

And which Omicron is said to be less dangerous than the previous Delta strain, the number of COVID patients being treated in the state's hospitals continues to grow to 347, up from 302 the previous day.

The number of COVID patients in intensive care is up by five to 45, while an extra person requires ventilation.

They bring the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 112,307.

The 24 hours also brought the death of an unvaccinated man in his 40s from western Sydney who had underlying health conditions.

NSW Health continues to remind everyone to practise COVID-safe behaviours, including recommending people wear a mask in settings where they cannot physically distance.

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 more COVID-19 deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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Five people with confirmed COVID-19 from the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas have died in the 24 hours until 8 pm Monday according to NSW Health.

There were 974 positive COVID-19 test cases notified for that 24 hour period across the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

That number included 437 positive rapid antigen tests and 537 positive PCR tests.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Health reports there are 124 new infections reported from the Shoalhaven and 15 from Kiama.

271 new infections came from Wollongong and 127 cases from Shellharbour 

As of 8 pm Monday, there were 168 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven district hospitals.

 

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 cases under investigation

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Five new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven are all being investigated as they're not linked to any known cases.

All are from the 2541 postcode.

For the second day in a row the Shoalhaven's COVID case number topped Wollongong, which reported four cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, while the Shellharbour Local Government Area had three and there were none in Kiama.

The 12 cases overnight bring the total number to 2,403 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Wednesday the number of COVID patients being  treated in the district's hospitals had fallen to 19.

During the 24 hours a woman in her 90s died at a Tarrawanna aged care facility, where she acquired the infection.

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

She was one of two COVID-related deaths in NSW reported in the daily figures, which revealed 293 new cases for the 24 hours.

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."

 

Five South Coast COVID-related deaths among 31 in the state

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Four people from Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District are among 31 COVID-related deaths in NSW during the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.

Two men from Wollongong, aged in their 70s and 80s, and two women from the Shellharbour area aged in their 60s and 80s, lost their lives as they battled COVID.

The man in his 80s was not vaccinated.

In addition a woman in her 70s from the Eurobodalla also died.

The 31 COVID-related deaths across the state included 21 men and 10 women.

One was in their 60s, seven were in their 70s, 12 were in their 80s, 10 were in their 90s and one was 100.

Three  were not vaccinated.

Together with the deaths from the South Coast, there were nine  from south-western Sydney, four from western Sydney, three from Sydney’s southern suburbs, two from the Central Coast, one from the Riverina region, one from Sydney’s inner west, one from Sydney’s northern beaches, one from northern Sydney, one from north-western Sydney, one from the Northern Rivers, one person was from the Clarence Valley region and one person was from the Hunter region.

They brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the start of the pandemic to 1,520.

There are currently 2,494 COVID patients being treated in the state's hospitals, including 160 people in intensive care, 75 of whom require ventilation.

There were 10,698 new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, taking the total since the pandemic's start to 1,120,840.

There were 584 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - 300 from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 128 from Shellharbour, 140 from the Shoalhaven and 16 cases from Kiama.

The 2540 area continues to prove the district's biggest COVID hotspot.

It has provided the most new COVID cases of any postcode in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District every day this week, with a total of 359 new cases in just five days.

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 days of no new cases in the Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has gone its fourth consecutive day of no new COVID-19 cases.

Figures released this morning show there was only one new COVID diagnosis in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday.

That came from Wollongong and was linked to a known case.

It brings the total number of COVID cases in the health district since the start of the current outbreak in June to 2487.

At 8pm on Sunday there were seven patients being treated in hospital as a result of COVID-19.

Across the state there were 165 new COVID cases detected in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday, and the death of a woman in her 80s from Sydney's inner west.

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

Health officials continue reminding people to get tested if any symptoms appear, no matter how mild.

These include cold or flulike 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 runny nose should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

Starting today, NSW Health will no longer routinely list case locations for regional and rural NSW on its website.

This change does not affect NSW Health’s contact tracing work.

NSW Health will continue to contact people diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts, and all people who need to follow specific health advice.

If you receive a message from NSW Health, it is important that you follow the advice in that message.

People who have been to a venue around the same time as a person with COVID-19 will continue to receive a case location alert from Service NSW.

Four days without any COVID-related deaths

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There have been no COVID-related deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for four days.

The district was averaging one or two COVID-related deaths every day for several weeks, but there have been none since a man in the 70s from the Wollongong area died in the 24 hours to 4pm Friday.

The death was included in Saturday's figures.

In the 24 hours to 4pm Tuesday there were nine COVID-related deaths across NSW - five women and four men.

One person was aged in their 50s, two people were in their 60s, four people were in their 80s, and two people were in their 90s.

Two were from Western Sydney, two were from southern Sydney, two were from the Northern Rivers, one was from south western Sydney, one was from Sydney’s Inner West and one was from the Forster-Tuncurry area.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,962.

There are currently 1,038 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 39 people in intensive care, 16 of whom require ventilation.

NSW recorded 13,179 new COVID cases in the 24 hours, taking the total since the pandemic's start above 1.4 million.

There were 999 new cases recorded in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday.

That included 171 cases in the Shoalhaven, 43 in Kiama, 198 in Shellharbour and 587 in Wollongong.

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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Highlands GP concerned with mask changes

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The Chair of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice believes a decision to allow shoppers not wear masks from December 15 is a little bit shortsighted.

Masks will still be worn on public transport and at airports and high risk venues, but a push by health officials for the rules to continue in shops has been rejected by Cabinet's sub committee.

Dr. Vince Roche said time will tell if things change.

"Do not be surprised if we find that come March, April, May, as the weather gets colder that we get told to wear masks again,

"The covid numbers in the northern hemisphere heading into Winter are getting worse," Dr. Roche said.

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Highlands GP: Get those boosters in your arms

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We're being told a spike in covid cases is inevitable given the relaxing of restrictions and the Christmas party season.

Since the start of the month there have been 11 new cases in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Chairman of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice Dr. Vince Roche said it's important people start getting their booster shots.

"I might sound like a cracked record, but get those boosters into your arms as soon as you can,

"Remember that the doctors and the chemists have to have a few days off over Christmas,"Dr. Roche said.

NSW has recorded its highest daily Covid total in three months, with 1360 new infections detected in 24-hours.

166 people are in hospital with the virus, down slightly for a second day in a row.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID 19 case updates

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Of the 11 new cases, eight are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and four are linked to a known case.

The other three are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area and one is linked to a known case.

There are no new Coronavirus infections reported for the Shoalhaven in the last 24 hours.

There have been 2,647 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

As at 8 pm last night, four people were being treated in hospital as a result of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID death toll climbs as third Omicron wave arrives

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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 30 people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven in the four weeks to June 25.

NSW Health data shows nine more people from across the Local Health District died from the virus in the week ending June 25 taking the region's death toll to 138 since the start of the year as the state braces for the third wave of Omicron driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

Health Minister Brad Hazard said the wave is likely to peak later this month or in early August.

He fears the number of serious illnesses and deaths will increase significantly unless more people have their booster.

"This increase in community transmission brings with it greatly increased risks for those not up to date with their vaccines.

"The best way you can protect yourself from serious illness or worse is to get every vaccination that is available to you," Hazzard said.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people should also exercise common sense and wear a face mask in public indoor spaces, where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

"Face masks, hand hygiene, staying home when ill, testing yourself when symptoms present, physically distancing, all these measures are not new to us.

"Unless we pull together as one again, this new wave will hit schools and businesses hard, just like BA.1 did, which saw thousands of workers absent," Dr Chant said.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 infection cases fall.

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There are 896 positive COVID-19 test results  notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm yesterday across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health district,  99 cases lower than the previous 24 hours.

Today's numbers include 380 positive rapid antigen tests and 516 positive PCR tests.

A breakdown of the positive PCR tests show infections have fallen to 269 cases for the Wollongong Local Government Area and 122 cases from Shellharbour are 58 less than the previous day.

There has been a marked drop in new COVID-19 infections from the Shoalhaven LGA down from 131 cases to 99 in the 24 hours till 8 pm Sunday.

26 cases from Kiama is down 8 cases.

As at 8pm, 23 January there were 154 COVID-19 cases in hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Covid19 cases rise

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NSW Health is reporting 523 new Covid 19 cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven up until 4 pm yesterday.

That's an increase from 465 cases yesterday.

In the Shoalhaven there are 94 new cases.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven experiences deadliest COVID week in almost two months

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven's COVID-19 death toll has hit 157 since the start of January with 10 more people dying from the virus in the week ending July 9.

NSW Health data shows 35 people have died in the region over the last four reporting weeks.

During the most recent reporting period, 59 people were hospitalised in the local health district with five admitted to ICU.

There were 4,264 new COVID infections during the period while influenza cases more than halved across the region, down to 269.

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