Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 cases almost triple

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For the 24 hour period to 8pm last night, there were 1,496 new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, up from 525 the previous day.

  • Wollongong Local Government Area, 837 cases, 2500 – 213, 2502 – 44, 2505 – 26, 2506 – 24, 2508 – 16, 2515 – 47, 2516 – 53, 2517 – 57, 2518 – 63, 2519 – 48, 2525 – 60, 2526 – 77, 2530 – 109
  • Shellharbour Local Government Area, 327 cases, 2527 – 106, 2528 – 88, 2529 – 133
  • Shoalhaven Local Government Area, 254 cases, 2535 – 25, 2538 – five, 2539 – 43, 2540 – 83, 2541 – 98
  • Kiama Local Government Area, 78 cases, 2533 – 54, 2534 – 24

There have been 9,042 total community acquired COVID-19 cases reported since 16 June 2021 (cases not necessarily acquired within the Local Health District).

As at 8pm, 4 January there were 38 patients in hospital in the District as a result of COVID-19 (please note, this total may include patients who are no longer COVID-19 positive).

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To Monday 3 January across NSW, 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 93.6 per cent have received two doses.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.4 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78 per cent have received two doses.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 13,740,876.

Testing capacity in NSW is currently under enormous pressure and the only people getting a PCR (nose and throat swab) should be those who have COVID-19 symptoms; live in a household with a confirmed COVID-19-positive case; or have otherwise been advised by NSW Health to get tested.

Rapid antigen testing can be an additional precaution that you can take if you are planning to socialise with large groups of people, particularly indoors, or interacting with people who are elderly or have serious health conditions. Information on how to use rapid antigen tests is available on the NSW Government website.

Image: Wave FM, NSW Health Facebook