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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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 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.

 

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 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 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.

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.

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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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 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 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'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.

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.

 

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.

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 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.