By Tony Bosworth | Editor Hawkesbury Post
COVID cases across Hawkesbury continue to climb and with no test centres open over Christmas and New Year there is still likely some lag in the system with more cases to be revealed.
In the last 7 days the Hawkesbury recorded 1498 new cases, and a large number of them without any known source, so the virus is spreading fast.
All aged care facilities in the Hawkesbury are in lockdown or have enhanced screening in place, following the death of a resident from Windsor’s Fitzgerald aged care home back just over a week ago, and three current residents at Richmond’s March St Hawkesbury Living aged care home testing positive.
Two of the residents, though positive, are not showing any symptoms, and the third has mild symptoms, relatives have been told.
There are currently almost 2000 active Hawkesbury COVID cases – 1904 – and with most test centres now reopened we will likely see a rise in the number of recorded cases in the coming weeks.
And while residents are being urged to use Rapid Antigen Test (RATs) for self testing, rather than clogging up test centres, the kits’ availability across the Hawkesbury is best described as patchy and prices vary.
The Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Lithgow local government areas represented 39% of all cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District on January 11 after 39% on January 10 and 34% the day before. It’s normally 10-20% each day so we’re part way through a significant wave (of both reported and unreported cases) in this part of Sydney.
Until two weeks ago, these Local Government Areas weren’t that badly affected by COVID compared to the rest of Greater Sydney.
The positivity rate of tests across NSW is currently high at 36.27%, which means that on January 11, for example, of the 71,325 COVID tests 25,870 were positive.
The World Health Organisation considers a 5% positivity level is the virus under control, so we’re way ahead of that.
Here’s a snapshot of cases on January 11 across Hawkesbury.
New Hawkesbury COVID cases on January 11 and postcodes they are in:
• 147 in the 2756 postcode
(Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, Bligh Park, Clarendon, Ebenezer, Mulgrave, Pitt Town, South Windsor, Freemans Reach, McGraths Hill, Upper Colo, Central Colo, Colo Heights, Lower Portland, Glossodia)
• 93 in the 2753 postcode
(Richmond, Richmond Lowlands, Londonderry, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Bowen Mountain, Hobartville, Yarramundi, Agnes Banks)
• 29 in the 2758 postcode
(Bilpin, East Kurrajong, Kurrajong, Kurrajong Heights, Kurrajong Hills, Mountain Lagoon, Wheeny Creek, Mount Tomah, Berambing, Blaxlands Ridge, Devils Wilderness)
• 28 in the 2754 postcode
(North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes)
• 5 in the 2757 postcode
• 2 in the 2775 postcode
(Lower Macdonald, St Albans)
Total active COVID cases in the Hawkesbury as of 8pm January 10 – and postcodes they are in:
• 1019 in the 2756 postcode
(Windsor, Sackville, Wilberforce, etc) – was 907 the day before
• 516 in the 2753 postcode
(Richmond, Londonderry, Grose Vale, etc) was 447 the day before
• 185 in the 2758 postcode
(Bilpin, East Kurrajong, etc) was 167 the day before
• 166 in the 2754 postcode
(North Richmond, Tennyson, The Slopes) was 150 the day before
• 19 in the 2775 postcode
(Lower Macdonald, St Albans) was 18 the day before
• 16 in the 2757 postcode
(Kurmond) was 11 the day before
Reported cases in NSW over the last 5 weeks have been approximately 85% Omicron and 15% of the far more dangerous Delta.
80% of the 342 people in ICU in Australia have Delta and 20% Omicron and for the 3865 in hospital in Australia it’s approximately 65% Delta and 35% Omicron.
Current COVID cases in NSW hospitals, in ICU, and on a ventilator, and vaxx status:
• IN HOSPITAL: 2186 patients (was 2030, 1927, 1795, 1738, 1609 on previous days) – 69.8% fully or triple vaccinated, 2.5% one dose, 27.7% not vaccinated.
• IN ICU: 170 (159, 151, 145, 134, 131 on previous days) – 52.0% fully or triple vaccinated, 1.2% one dose, 46.8% not vaccinated.
• ON VENTILATORS: – 51 (47, 38, 40, 33, 38 on previous days) – 52.0% fully or triple vaccinated, 1.2% one dose, 46.8% not vaccinated.
There were 166 people in hospital 27 days ago – 2186 today. There were 21 people in ICU 27 days ago – 170 today. There were 7 on ventilators 27 days ago – 51 today.