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Covid cases remain steady in Wingecarribee

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Covid19 cases remain steady across the Wingecarribee.

There has not been a positive case since November 4.

There have been 119 cases since the current outbreak started.

According to the NSW Health website there are currently two active cases in the shire.

Across the state and hospitalisations due to Covid-19 have fallen slightly, as the state records 212 new cases.

There are 210 people with the virus in hospital, 32 of them in intensive care.

Two people have died.

Covid testing clinic at Mittagong Sportsground

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

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

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

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

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

Covid update for Southern Highlands

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

A total of 10 tests were carried out.

There are just two active cases in the shire.

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

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

One person has died.

Covid update for the Wingecarribee

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

A total of 16 tests were carried out.

There are now 16 active cases across the shire.

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

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

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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

There are two active cases in the shire.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 286 new local Covid cases and two deaths.

There are 236 people in hospital, 34 of those in intensive care.

90-point-6 percent of people aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee Shire

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

NSW Health is reporting there were 363 tests conducted.

There are now 25 active cases in the shire.

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

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

73.97 per cent are fully vaccinated.

 

Covid19 update for Wingecarribee

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

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

There are now 23 active cases in the shire.

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

677 people are in hospital and four people have died.

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

They are as follows:

Woolworths Mittagong

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

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

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

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.

Freedom Day comes with reduced COVID case information

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

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

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

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Park said the people of NSW need comprehensive information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Images: 2ST News, NSW Health and Ryan Park

Highlands GP concerned with mask changes

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Southern Medical Centre

 

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.

More Coronavirus cases for the Southern Highlands

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

There have been two new cases reported in Wingecarribee Shire.

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

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

 

 

 

 

New venue of concern

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

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

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

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

No new cases for the Wingecarribee

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No new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee up until eight o'clock last night.

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

Cases jumped in NSW, with 304 new locally acquired infections and three deaths.

There are now 418 people with COVID in NSW hospitals - down 39 from the previous day - and 97 people are in intensive care.

No new covid cases

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There have been no new cases of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there are two active cases in the shire.

Across the state and NSW has recorded 261 new local COVID-19 cases and one death.

90.4 per cent of people over 16 are fully vaccinated and 94 per cent of adults have had their first jab.

 

One new case in the Wingecarribee

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

The total number of cases in the LGA remains at 48 since June.

Across the state New South Wales has recorded 941 new local Covid cases.

Six people have died.

One new case of covid19 for Wingecarribee

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

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

New South Wales has recorded 1063 new local Covid cases.

Six people with the virus have died.

 

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 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

 

 

Southern Highland exposure sites listed

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

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

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

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

The venues and times of concern are:

Bargo:

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

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

Mittagong:

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

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

 

Southern Highlands man one of five deaths recorded

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

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

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

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

Support for businesses extended

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Businesses will still be able to get financial support from the state government for a month after commonwealth funds dry up.

They'll be able to access payments until the end of November, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

The region’s peak business organisation Business Illawarra is welcoming the extension, but Executive Director Adam Zarth still has concerns over the long term.

"We've seen enormous hits to the hospitality and tourism sectors in the Southern Highlands and this can't be corrected overnight.

"For the Federal Government to withdraw support at the 80 per cent vaccination rate, is probably bordering on premature,''Mr. Zarth said.

Three new cases for Wingecarribee

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There have been three new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee up till eight o'clock last night.

That brings the total number of cases in the local government area to 44 since June.

Across the state and 85 per cent of New South Wales residents who are over 16 have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The state has recorded 787 new local Covid cases.

12 people with the virus have died.

Three new cases in the Wingecarribee

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There have been three new cases of covid19 reported for the Wingecarribee up until eight last night.

That takes the total number of cases to 47 since June.

And across the state and New South Wales has recorded 863 new Covid cases, and seven people with the virus have died.

Three were fully vaccinated, three had one dose, and one was unvaccinated.

Two new cases for Wingecarribee Shire

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There have been two new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire up until 8 last night.

The total number of cases in the Local Government Area is 36 since June.

A confirmed case of COVID-19 previously reported in another part of NSW has, on further investigation, been identified as a case in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 1043 new local Covid cases.

11 people with the virus have died.

10 were unvaccinated.

Two new cases of covid19 for Wingecarribee

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There have been two new cases of covid 19 in the Wingecarribee up until eight o'clock last night.

There are now four active cases across the shire.

NSW has recorded 293 new local cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.

There are 381 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 82 of them in intensive care.

Now 93.3 per cent of people 16 and older have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 86 per cent of adults are fully jabbed.

 

Vaccination milestone for the Highlands

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The Wingecarribee Shire has reached a big milestone, with 95 per cent of the eligible population now fully vaccinated.

The Shoalhaven and Kiama local government areas have also reached 95 per cent.

But....Chairman of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice Dr Vince Roche said we won't know if the figures exceed that.

"The Government only publishes figures 95 or better,

"I think we will do better than that, but we're not going to get told,''Dr Roche said.

Health authorities are now focusing on getting jabs for 12 to 16 year olds.

5 to 12 year olds will likely start being vaccinated some time in January or February of next year.

Zero new cases for the Highlands

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There have been zero new cases reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight last night.

The total number of cases in the local government area remains at 47 since June.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 863 new local Covid cases.

15 people with the virus have died.