Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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For the 24 hour period to 8pm last night, there were 1,633 new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

  • Wollongong Local Government Area, 953 cases, 2500 – 183, 2502 – 84, 2505 – 50, 2506 – 20, 2508 – 84, 2515 – 60, 2516 – 25, 2517 – 44, 2518 – 78, 2519 – 75, 2525 – 47, 2526 – 72, 2530 – 131
  • Shellharbour Local Government Area, 430 cases, 2527 – 106, 2528 – 132, 2529 – 192
  • Shoalhaven Local Government Area, 178 cases, 2535 – 19, 2538 – seven, 2539 – 38, 2540 – 67, 2541 – 47
  • Kiama Local Government Area, 72 cases, 2533 – 48, 2534 – 24

There have been 10,675 total community acquired COVID-19 cases reported since 16 June 2021 (cases not necessarily acquired within the Local Health District).

As at 8pm, 5 January there were 39 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 Tuesday 4 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 13,816,025.

Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over, people aged 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least four months ago.

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.

People are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time.

While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days.

Image: Wave FM, NSW Health Facebook