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17 new cases - the Shoalhaven's worst day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A 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.

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  

Case numbers continue to fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Case numbers fall dramatically

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

Six of those are linked to known cases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVID case 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 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-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.

 

 

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.

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."

 

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 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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiama a week without a COVID case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiama man's death linked to COVID-19

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

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

He had received one vaccine dose.

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

She had received two doses of the vaccine.

Both had underlying health conditions.

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

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

Three cases were detected in the Wingecarribee area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kiama records first case in a fortnight

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

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

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

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

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

She had received one dose of a vaccine.

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

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

 

Kiama records first new COVID case in 10 days

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Kiama has recorded its first new COVID case in 10 days as part of the figures released this morning.

It was one of eight new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to 8pm Monday night, including one is Shellharbour and six in Wollongong.

Four COVID patients were being treated in the district's hospitals at 8pm last night, although there are 160 in hospital across the state, including 26 people in intensive care, 11 of whom require ventilation.

NSW recorded 179 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including two with the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

They take the total number of confirmed Omicron cases in NSW to four .

The 24 hours to 8pm last night brought three COVID-related deaths -a man in his 50s from Tamworth, a woman in her 60s from south eastern Sydney and a man in his 40s from western Sydney.

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

The emergence of the Omicron strain has resulted in new rules being put in place for returning travellers.

All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Malawi during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

All travellers who have been in any other overseas country during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours, pending further health advice.

Compliance checks will be undertaken.

Health officials say it is critical that anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Remember to get tested if any symptoms appear, no matter how mild.

 

Low COVID numbers continue on the South Coast

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Low COVID case numbers are continuing on the South Coast, with just one new case in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday.

It was in Wollongong.

At 8pm on Tuesday there were eight patients being treated in the district's hospitals as a result of COVID-19.

During the same timeframe there were 231 new COVID cases recorded across NSW.

Throughout the state there are currently 207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 33 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.

Despite continued low case numbers on the South Coast, health officials urge people to remain vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms, and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

More COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and Kiama

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

There are now 14 active Coronavirus cases in the Shoalhaven.

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

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There is another reported case in the Kiama LGA.

There are now two active Coronavirus cases linked to Kiama.

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

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More Shoalhaven cases under investigation

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After health officials were left pondering how five people became infected with COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven yesterday, another three cases are being investigated todfey after they were not linked to any known cases.

Two of the new cases were from the 2540 postcode, the other from the 2541 area.

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

There were also four cases in the Wollongong Local Government Area and one in Shellharbour.

There have now been 2,411 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm on Thursday the number patients being treated in the district's hospitals as a result of COVID had fallen to 17.

There was another death in the Illawarra during the 24 hours - a woman in her 90s died at the Tarrawanna aged care facility, where she acquired her infection.

She was not vaccinated and is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

The woman was one of two deaths in the state reported in today's daily update, while there were also 269 new infections.

 

New case numbers up but none in Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has recorded no new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday night - the fifth day in a row without a case.

There was only one new diagnosis in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in today's figures, and that came from Wollongong.

It took the district's total number of COVID cases since June to 2,488.

At 8pm on Monday there were eight COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

While numbers locally remain low, the number of new cases across the state has climbed back above 200.

NSW recorded 212 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pmMonday night.

The 24 hours also brought the COVID-related deaths of two men - one in his 70s from, Albury who had received one vaccine and had underlying health conditions, and the other in his 70s from south west Sydney who had received two vaccine doses and had underlying health conditions.

There are currently 210 COVID-19 cases in hospitals across the state, with 32 people in intensive care, 16 of whom require ventilation.

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.

New cases seem to be on the rise

 

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 COVID case numbers within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District seem to moving up, with 14 new infections detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

That included one from the Shoalhaven's 2541 area that's linked to a known case, another in the Shellharbour Local Government Area, and 12 in Wollongong.

That's Wollongong's highest daily tally for two weeks.

There have now been 2,461 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm on Thursday the number of patients being treated in hospital as a result of COVID-19 has fallen to 12.

Across the state there were 249 new COVIOD cases for the 24 hours, and three COVID-related deaths.

New COVID cases coming from Wollongong

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Wollongong continues to be source of all COVID-19 cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

It had four new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, with three of them linked to known cases.

Meanwhile the Shoalhaven had its 13th successive day of no new cases, and there are seven COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

The 24 hours included the death of a woman in her 60s from the Wollongong area, who had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

She was one of two people battling COVID to lose their lives during the time period - the other being an unvaccinated man in his 80s from western Sydney who had underlying health conditions.

Across the state there were 248 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours.

There are currently 195 COVID-19 cases admitted to NSW hospitals, with 35 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

New Shoalhaven COVID cases under investigation

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

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

There were no new cases in Kiama.

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

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

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

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

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

New Shoalhaven venues of COVID concern

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

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

Nowra:

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

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

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

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

Bomaderry:

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

Worrigee:

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

Huskisson:

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

St Georges Basin:

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

 

No new cases in a COVID milestone

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There were no new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday in a major milestone for the region.

It is the first time the health district has recorded no new cases since soon after the outbreak began in June.

And it was the second day in a row of no new cases in the Shoalhaven.

Despite the continued low case numbers, health officials continue to urge people to be vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms and to come forward for testing and vaccination.

The local testing rate remains steady with around 20,000 COVID-19 tests undertaken across the health district each week.

The district’s vaccination clinics are offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to people aged 18 years and older, six months after their second dose.

 

No new Shoalhaven cases as hospital numbers fall

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There were no new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

And there were six cases throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District including four in the Wollongong local government area and two in Shellharbour.

There have now been 2,480 local COVID cases in the health district since the start of the current outbreak in June.

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

Local health officials continue urging people to get tested if they have even mild symptoms, and to get vaccinated against.

The same message is being spread across the state, where 94.1 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 90.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 80.4 per cent have had their first dose, and 71.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

NSW also recorded 286 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday, and there was one new case acquired overseas.

There were also two COVID-related deaths - a woman in her 70s from south-western Sydney who was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions, and a man in his 70s from Maitland who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had significant underlying health conditions.

No new Shoalhaven cases for the first time in months

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There were no new COVID Cases in the Shoalhaven for the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday - the first time in months that the region has gone a day clear of new cases.

And there were just three new detections throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - two in Wollongong and one in Shellharbour.

While local numbers are low, health officials are reminding the community to stay vigilant and come forward for testing for even the mildest symptoms.

There have now been 2,431 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Sunday the number of patients being treated in the district's hospital as a result of COVID-19 had risen slightly from 17 to 18.

No Shoalhaven cases as new measures put in place for Omicron

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After recording its first COVID case in 17 days as part of yesterday's figures, the Shoalhaven is back to being infection free for the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

There were just two new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours - both in Wollongong.

They bring the number of cases in the district since the Delta outbreak began in June to 2536.

Across the state there were 150 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night,  bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 81,310.

NSW has 170 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 25 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

However the focus is turning to the new Omicron variant, which has brought about new rules for returning travellers.

In line with Commonwealth measures, all travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

All travellers who have been in any other overseas country during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours, pending further health advice.

It is an offence not to comply with a Public Health Order and penalties can apply.

Compliance checks will be undertaken.

Health officials also say it's critical that anyone who has been in any of the nine African countries within the previous 14 days and has already arrived in NSW  must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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

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

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

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

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

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

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

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

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

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

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

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

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

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

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

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

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

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

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

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

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

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

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

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

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

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

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

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

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

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

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

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

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

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

One Shoalhaven case as numbers stay low

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COVID case numbers continue their downward trend, with just three new infections in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

That included one case in the Shoalhaven's 2541 postcode, which is being investigated, and two in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

The number of people in the district's hospital as a result of COVID is also down to 15, as at 8pm on Tuesday.

There have now been 2,439 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Across the state there were 190 new COVID cases recorded in the 24 hours and three deaths, including three people who were unvaccinated.

 

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

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

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

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

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Anyone traveling into the regions must apply for a permit.

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

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Record COVID-19 cases for the Shoalhaven

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

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

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

Second day with no new cases in Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has recorded its second straight day with no new COVID infections.

In fact there were only five new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday - one in Kiama and four in Wollongong.

The Kiama infection was linked to a known case, as were three of the new Wollongong cases.

There have now been 2,436 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

The number of patients being treated in the district's hospital as a result of COVID-19 at 8pm on Monday fell by one to 17.

The daily figures included the death of a man in his 70s who died at a Tarrawanna aged care facility, where he acquired the infection.

He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

It is the fifth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

He was one of four COVID-related deaths during the 24 hours, when NSW also recorded 173 new cases of COVID-19.

 

Shoalhaven & Wingecarribee to remain in lockdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six people with the virus have died.

Shoalhaven clear, but more cases in Wollongong, Shellharbour

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There were no new COVID cases recorded in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, but 12 new cases elsewhere in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included four on the Shellharbour Local Government Area - all linked to known cases, and eight in Wollongong.

However that number could rise following a public health alert in the Illawarra yesterday afternoon for venues in Wollongong and Towradgi for November 19 to 28.

Details are on the ISLHD website.

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

Across the state there were 251 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, while the total number of confirmed cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern remains at five.

They bring the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 81,727.

NSW Health can confirm initial testing strongly indicates another overseas traveller, who recently arrived in NSW from southern Africa, has been infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern.

The person tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday, and is fully vaccinated. NSW Health is undertaking further investigation into this case.

When confirmed, this would bring the total number of confirmed cases of Omicron in NSW to six.

There are currently 154 COVID-19 cases admitted to NSW hospitals, with 25 people in intensive care, 11 of whom require ventilation.

Shoalhaven clear, but Wollongong cases on the rise

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While the Shoalhaven has had no new COVID cases for the past 12 days, numbers in the Wollongong Local Government Area are slowly increasing.

There were seven new cases in Wollongong during the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, with six of them linked to known cases.

They bring the number of cases ion the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June to 2513.

Across the state there were 173 new cases reported in the 24-hour period, and two deaths.

They were a woman in her 80s from Sydney's inner west and a man in his 80s from south west Sydney.

Both were unvaccinated.

There are currently 196 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals across NSW, with 34 people in intensive care, 13 of whom require ventilation.

Shoalhaven Council shuts administration and indoor sporting venues

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

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

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

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

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

Images: Supplied 

 

Shoalhaven declared a Covid-19 affected area by the ACT

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

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

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

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

The 14 additional local government areas include:

Armidale Regional Council

Cessnock City Council

Coffs Harbour City Council

Dubbo Regional Council

Dungog Shire Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Maitland City Council

Mid-Western Regional Council

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Newcastle City Council

Port Stephens Council

Shoalhaven City Council

Singleton Council

Wingecarribee Shire Council

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

IMAGE CREDIT: Thennicke, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres pass 20,000 jabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shoalhaven records 11 new COVID cases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shoalhaven records more new cases than Wollongong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shoalhaven records the district's only new case

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The Shoalhaven has recorded the only new COVID-19 case within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday.

The cases from the 2541 area was not linked to any known infections, and is being investigated.

There have now been 2,470 local cases of COVID-19 in the health district since the start of the current outbreak in June.

People are reminded to get tested if any symptoms appear, no matter how mild.

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

Across NSW there were 216 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours, and one cases acquired interstate.

Three men with COVID-19 also died during the 24 hours - an unvaccinated man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions, an unvaccinated man in his 40s who had no significant underlying health conditions, and a man in his 80 who had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

Shoalhaven vaccination rate about to hit 95 percent

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The Shoalhaven and Kiama communities are just shy of the 95 per cent fully vaccinated target, and should hit the benchmarks by the end of the week.

The latest figures released yesterday show the Shoalhaven is at 94.2 per cent fully vaccinated, and Kiama is at 94.3.

Shellharbour, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley have all passed the 95 per cent double jabbed benchmark.

NSW Premier Dominic Perottet promised more freedoms when the state reached 95 per cent fully vaccinated, and much of south-eastern NSW is already there.

Five of the 11 local government areas included in New figures show several local government areas included in the area covered by the south-eastern NSW primary health network, Coordinare, have already passed the 95 per cent mark.

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Shoalhaven Wingecarribee forced into seven day lockdown

The Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands have joined regional New South Wales in a seven day lockdown as of 5pm on Saturday the 14th of August.

The lockdown was announced by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and confirmed by NSW health.

You can only leave the home for the following four reasons,

  • shopping for essential items (one person only within LGA/5km)
  • care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only)
  • exercise (in groups no more than 2 - excluding groups of household members, within 5km or within LGA. No outdoor recreation)
  • work and education that cannot be conducted remotely

People who live alone can nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. "Singles bubbles" will be required to be registered on nsw.gov.au from Saturday, 21 August 21. 

Schools will conduct remote learning but will remain open for students who need them.

Masks must be worn in all non-residential indoor settings, outside while queuing for takeaway, at outdoor markets and in all common property shared spaces of a residential building.

In addition to the Stay-At-Home order, anyone in a LGA of concern 

Must wear a mask at all times outside the house

Must not go further than 5km from the home for exercise, shopping or single bubble visits

Must not leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers), who will be required to be tested every three days

Construction workers can attend unoccupied sites if they meet vaccination conditions

For the 24 hour period to 8pm Friday, 13 August there were two new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

The first case is from the Shellharbour Local Government Area (LGA) and is a close contact of the case announced earlier this week. This case is isolating at home. 

The second case is also from the Shellharbour LGA and is a close contact of a case from outside the Local Health District. This case is isolating at home. 

Other case announced this week.

One case is a resident of the Shellharbour LGA and is isolating at home. The source of infection is under investigation, however investigations indicate it is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work. 

There were 19,383 COVID tests carried out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the week ending Sunday, 8 August.   

NSW Health provides information about venues of concern where there has been a risk of community transmission from known cases.

A list of venues and advice can be found here

Image: Supplied

 

 

Shoalhaven's COVID-free run continues

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The Shoalhaven's run of days with no new COVID cases has continued.

Figures released this morning showed there were only two new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday - both in Wollongong and both linked to known cases.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals continues to fall, reaching five at 8pm on Thursday.

The 24 hours also brought the death of an unvaccinated Wollongong man aged in his 60s at Wollongong Hospital.

His was one of three COVID-related deaths in NSW during the 24 hours.

An unvaccinated man in his 50s from Sydney’s south-west and a man in his 80s from Albury, who had received one dose of a COVID vaccine, also died.

NSW recorded 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Shoalhaven's first case in three days

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The Shoalhaven has recoded its first COVID-19 case in three days.

Figures released this morning show there was one new cases in the Shoalhaven's 2541 area during the 24 hours to 8pm Monday, which was linked to a known case.

There was also one case in Wollongong, also linked to a known case.

At 8pm on Monday the number of people being treated in the district's hospitals as a result of COVID-19 had increased slightly to 12.

The local testing rate continues to remain steady with 21,346 COVID-19 tests undertaken throughout the health district in the past week.

Across the state NSW recorded 222 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday night, along with one case acquired overseas and one from interstate.

Four people  with COVID-19 – two women and two men - died during the 24 hours.

One person was in their 50s, two people were in their 80s, and one person was in their 90s.

Three people were from south western Sydney and one person was from Albury.

Three people were not vaccinated and one person, a woman in her 80s, had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Shoalhaven's no new COVID cases for a week

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The Shoalhaven has celebrated a week without a new COVID-19 case.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District again had only one new case in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday night.

The diagnosis in Wollongong takes the district's number of cases since June to 2490.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals fell to seven.

Across the state the number of new COVID cases rose for the third day in a row to 262 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There were also three COVID-related deaths in the 24 hours - two men and a woman.

They were an unvaccinated man in his 50s from Sydney’s south-west, an unvaccinated man in his 60s from Sydney’s inner west and a woman in her 90s from Sydney’s south-east who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There are currently 199 COVID-19 cases admitted to the state's hospitals, with 29 people in intensive care, 14 of whom require ventilation.

Six in the Shoalhaven as district cases fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Six new cases in the Shoalhaven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Southern Shoalhaven records its first new case in weeks

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The southern Shoalhaven has recorded its first new COVID case in weeks.

A person from the 2539 postcode tested positive to COVID-19 during the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, however the infection was acquired overseas.

It's among 12 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health district, including 11 in the Wollongong local government area - its highest number of news cases in nearly four weeks.

They bring the number of COVID cases in the district since June to 2,568.

Across the state there were 271 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, while the total number of confirmed cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern remains at six.

They bring the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 81,991.

There are currently 144 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals across NSW, with 24 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

 

St Michael's School closed for cleaning and contract tracing

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St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Nowra has been closed for deep cleaning and contract tracing after school community member who visited there on Monday tested positive to COVID-19.

Parents were this morning contacted and asked to take students home until further notice, however the school offered supervision for students unable to return home early.

A note sent to parents said the school would be non-operational for onsite learning until further notice, and no student was to attend the site.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Education Office's Wollongong Diocese said school staff were working closely with health officials to determine whether people were close or casual contacts, and the appropriate steps for each person to take.

The office is advising parents to follow all directions given by NSW Health on whether testing and isolation is required.

This was spelled out in the letter sent to parents today.

"While the school is closed, NSW Public Health Unit representatives will provide specialist advice and identify students and staff who have been in close contact with the identified cases," the letter stated.

"Given the present situation we expect this to be a relatively small number, however those identified as close or casual contacts will be contacted.

"We understand that some measures of other school communities in our diocese may have family or other connections with our school community and they will be contacted directly by the Public Health Unit as appropriate."

The spokesperson said the Diocese had already been through the same process with other schools in the region, and to date the schools had been closed for only a day or two.

However he said they would be guided by health advice.

"We've got a good system in place, and we were well prepared for this," he said.

Image: St Michael's Catholic Primary School

Subway South Nowra listed as a Coronavirus venue of concern

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NSW Health has listed Subway at 190 Princes Highway South Nowra as a COVID-19 venue of concern.

If you were at this venue at the following time

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, between 12 pm to 12:40 pm, then you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last 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.

You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

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Three new cases in the Shoalhaven

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There have been three new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - all from the 2450 postcode and all connected to known cases.

They are among 22 new cases reported in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

That included one case in the Kiama Local Government area, nine in Shellharbour and nine in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,326 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 there were 26 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

Across the state there were 374 new COVID cases and one death linked to the virus with the 24-hour period.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District continues to urge people to get tested when they have even the mildest symptoms, and to come forward to be vaccinated at the region's vaccination clinics, medical practices and pharmacies.

Three Shoalhaven cases under investigation

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Health officials are investigating the origin of three new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven, which were announced today.

The three cases, all from the 2541 postcode, were not linked to any existing cases.

They were among eight new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported during the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

That included one case in the Kiama Local Government area, one in Shellharbour and three in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,369 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Sunday there were 21 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

Two new cases in the Shoalhaven

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Two new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the Shoalhaven to 8pm on Wednesday - one of them linked to a known case.

The two new cases were divided between the 2540 and 2541 areas.

There were also six new cases in Wollongong among eight in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours.

The district has now recorded 2,447 local cases of COVID-19 since the start of the current outbreak in June. 

At 8pm on Wednesday the number of patients being treated in the district's hospitals as a result of COVID-19 had fallen by two to 13.

The 24 hours included the death of an 83-year-old man from the Shellharbour who died at Wollongong Hospital.

He was a close contact of a known case and had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

He also had underlying health conditions. 

He was one of four COVID-related deaths during the 24 hours, and 308 new cases across the state.

 

Two new Shoalhaven cases linked to known infections

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Two new COVID cases in the Nowra-Bomaderry area are linked to known cases.

The two cases in the 2541 area are among four for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

There was also one case in each of the Wolllongong and Shellharbour areas.

In the meantime the number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals fell to nine by 8pm on Wednesday.

While the number of new infections remains low, health officials continue urging people to get tested if any symptoms appear, no matter how mild.

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.

Across the state there were 261 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours, along with three new cases acquired overseas.

The reporting period also included the COVID-related death of a woman in her 60s from south-western Sydney, who not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

Two new Shoalhaven COVID cases, five in Kiama

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

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

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."

 

Two weeks without a new case in Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has been two weeks with a new COVID case as NSW celebrates a day without a COVID-related death.

In the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday there were just two new cases in the  Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - one in the Wollongong Local Government Area and Shellharbour's first new case for 12 days.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals also fell to five.

Across the state there were 276 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 80,492.

There are currently 191 COVID-19 cases admitted to NSW hospitals, with 31 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

Health officials continue urging people to get tested if they have any flu-like symptoms, and to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour, Eurobodalla and most neighbouring areas have already passed the 95 per cent fully vaccinated benchmark for people aged 16 and over.

However Wollongong's vaccination rates continue to lag behind.

The number of younger people fully vaccinated is also rising.

Across the state, 81.1 per cent of the people aged 12 to 15 have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Updated list of South Coast exposure sites

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Here is the latest list of local COVID-19 exposure sites and times, provided by NSW Health.

If you were at any of these locations at the listed times you need to get tested and self isolate until you receive a negative result.

Bomaderry

Harry's Takeaway 5.15pm to 5.25pm on Sunday October 3

Bomaderry Do It Yourself True Value Hardware 1.15pm to 1.25pm on Thursday October 7

IGA Lyndhurst and Liquor 7.45am to 7.55am on Monday October 4, 7.50am to 7.55am on Friday October 8, and 12.25pm to 12.35pm on Saturday October 9 .

Nutrien Water 3.05pm to 3.30pm on Thursday October 7

Welcome Chinese Restaurant 5.20pm to 5.25pm and 5.35pm to 5.40pm on Wednesday October 6

Woolworths 9.30am to 9.45am on Thursday October 7 and 4:50pm to 5:15pm on Friday, October 8

Callala Bay

Callala Bay Cellarbrations 4.10pm to 4.15pm on Thursday October 7

Callala Cellars 4.10pm to 4.15pm on Thursday October 7

Kiama

Kiama Leagues Club 4:50pm to 5:35pm on Thursday October 14.

Nowra

Coles 3pm to 3.10pm on Thursday October 7, 10.50am to 11.20am on Friday October 8, 5pm to 6pm on Friday October 15

The Friendly Grocer East Nowra 2.30pm to 2.45pm on Tuesday October 12

Chesters Takeaway East Nowra  2:30pm to 3pm on Wednesday October 13

The Ginger Jar Bakehouse 7.30am to 2.10pm on Tuesday October 5

South Nowra

Bishops 1.45pm to 1.50pm on Thursday October 7

Good Price Pharmacy 1.55pm to 2.10pm on Thursday October 12

Worrigee

Foodworks 12.30pm to 12.45pm on Sunday October 10

 

Ups and downs in COVID case numbers

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While the Shoalhaven has been free of new COVID cases for 11 days, numbers in other areas of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have been going through big changes.

Kiama had been without any new cases for weeks, but on Saturday three new cases were detected - one of them acquired interstate.

And this morning it was announced five new cases had been detected in Wollongong in the 24 hours to 8pm Sunday - the highest daily tally for more than two weeks.

All five were linked to known cases.

The volatility has resulted in health officials reminding people to remain vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms, and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

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

During the same timeframe NSW recorded 180 new cases of COVID-19, and an unvaccinated woman in her 50s from south western Sydney died.

Across the state there are 202 COVID cases admitted to hospital, with 30 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilation.

 

Vaccination clinic at Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Homes

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NSW Health is holding a state-wide COVID-19 vaccination blitz this weekend to increase vaccination rates among Aboriginal people.

Nowra is among 18 vaccination sites set up across NSW where Aboriginal staff members will help provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people to get vaccinated.

Vaccinations will take place from 10am to 1pm Saturday at the Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council offices, which are the former Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Homes, in Beinda Street Bomaderry.

Walk-ins are available.

"It’s been very pleasing to see services working together to rollout vaccinations, especially during the challenges of the current outbreaks”, said Centre for Aboriginal Health executive director Geri Wilson-Matenga,  . 

“Working with our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector is critical in enabling access to culturally safe vaccination options. These services have always provided the wholistic wrap around care that is so important at this time.” 

The NSW Government is supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to manage vaccinations for Aboriginal people, providing $4 million to support Aboriginal vaccination outreach.

“Aboriginal people aged 12 years and over can access a COVID-19 vaccine. You can talk to your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Health Workers or any vaccination hubs about getting your vaccination,” said Ms Wilson-Matenga.

“COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, and will protect your and your parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, sisters and brothers from the virus. If you are vaccinated you are less likely to catch COVID-19, and less likely to pass the virus on if you do. You are also less likely to get really unwell and need to go to hospital,” she added.

“We are striving to have the best vaccination rates in the world including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this state,” said NSW Health Deputy Secretary, Ms Susan Pearce, who encouraged Aboriginal people to come forward this weekend and take advantage of the additional clinics.

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Visitor numbers increased at Illawarra/Shoalhaven hospitals

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Hospitals in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven have now moved from Red Alert to amber alert.

That means where possible, a maximum of two visitors will be allowed per patient ( except Wollongong ).

Visitors must be over 12 years of age, fully vaccinated, screened prior to entry and must wear a mask during the visits.

Restrictions still apply in high risk areas such as COVID wards, Intensive Care, Emergency Department and Birthing.

People who are feeling unwell are asked to stay away and get tested.