COVID-19 - 2ST

13 new cases in Wingecarribee

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There have been 13 new cases of covid19 for the 24 hours up to eight o'clock last night.

NSW Health is reporting there are now 50 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and the number of daily Covid infections has jumped by two-thousand - with 5715 new infections.

347 people with the virus are now in hospital - that's up 45 on yesterday.

45 people are in intensive care, and one person has died.

3 Covid deaths for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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There were 1142 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 408 positive PCR tests and 734 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 543 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 235 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 305 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 59 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of three people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District (LHD).Details are as follows: 

  • A female her in 60s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A male in his 80s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 90s from Wollongong LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

A jump in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID 19 case numbers

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded seven COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm Friday night.

Four are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

Three are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

One Kiama case was acquired interstate.

There have been 2,499 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

The Health Department reminds the community to remain vigilant for even the mildest of symptoms and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

A Kiama man succumbs to the COVID-19 virus

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A Kiama man has fallen victim to the COVID-19 virus according the NSW Health.

The man who, was aged in his eighties and was vaccinated, is among the 25 people in NSW who died as a result of Coronavirus in the 24 hours up until 8 pm Wednesday.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District has reported 1806 positive COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Those cases include 515 positive rapid antigen tests and 1291 positive PCR tests.

There are 316 new infections detected from the Shoalhaven and 48 from Kiama

Another 694 cases came from Wollongong and 233 from Shellharbour

Statewide the number of COVID-19 positive patients in hospital and I-C-U has dropped. 

2781 people in NSW hospitals have the virus.

137 of those patients are in Illawarra Shoalhaven District Hospitals.

Statewide 212 patients are in intensive care. 

A Shellharbour woman among the latest COVID-19 related deaths

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There were 513 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 203 positive PCR tests and 310 positive rapid antigen tests RATs.

  •  266 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area
  • 105 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 118 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 24 cases from Kiama LGA

NSW Health is today reporting the death of one person with COVID-19 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

A female in her 80s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

The Local Health District expresses its sincere condolences to her loved ones.

As at 7pm, 9 February there were 151 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital across the local health district.

 

 

A Shoalhaven woman and two Shellharbour men the latest COVID-19 victims

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NSW Health is reporting a Shoalhaven woman and two men from Shellharbour are among the 30 people state-wide who have died from COVID-19 related illness in the 24 hours till 8pm yesterday.

The Shoalhaven woman was aged in her 80's and was vaccinated against Coronavirus.

The two Shellharbour men, one in his 70's, the other was in his 80's, were both vaccinated.

Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district there are 659 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm Monday, including 291 positive PCR tests and 368 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 150 cases from the Shoalhaven, and  29 cases from the Kiama LGA.

There are 335 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area and145 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.

A significant drop in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 case numbers

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There were 602 positive COVID-19 cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven in the 24 hour period to 8 pm last night,  including 259 positive PCR tests and 343 positive rapid antigen tests.

121 cases came from the Shoalhaven  and 19 cases from Kiama .

There are 328 cases from Wollongong and 134 cases from Shellharbour.

As of 8 pm Thursday, there were 167 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven hospitals.

 

A South Coast sunrise costs a Liverpool man dearly

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Seems everyone wants to see the South Coast, even if they breach lockdown orders.

Another person from a Sydney COVID hotspot has been busted for breaching the stay-at-home orders and speeding after being picked up by Highway Patrol.

The male driver from Liverpool was allegedly clocked doing 107km/h in an 80 zone.

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Police said he was heading to the South Coast to see the sunrise which is not a valid excuse for breaching the public health orders.

He's been hit with a $1,000 PIN, directed to return home immediately and fined $494 for speeding.

Image: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

A woman attacked after asking a shop customer to wear a face mask at Bomaderry

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A man has been charged after allegedly attacking a female shop worker after he refused to wear a face mask in a shop.

Police allege the man entered a store on Lyndhurst Drive, Bomaderry, without a face mask on.

The man was asked by a staff member to put on a mask to comply with COVID-19 regulations before he placed his motorcycle helmet on.

He was again asked to put on a mask before he allegedly became aggressive and hit two panels of glass at the front of the store, causing them to smash.

The man left the store and was followed outside by a staff member, where they were involved in a verbal altercation before the man allegedly tackled the 50-year-old female employee to the ground.

A nearby witness attempted to stop the man, but he fled the scene on his motorcycle.

The woman was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District were notified and following inquiries, stopped the motorcycle on Meroo Road, Bomaderry, and arrested the 19-year-old rider.

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He was taken to Nowra Police Station before being taken to hospital for assessment.

He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess a prohibited drug, destroy or damage property, and not wear a fitted face-covering in a business or retail premises.

He has been bailed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.

Images: Supplied 

 

 

Active COVID cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven on the rise

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Across the Illawarra Shoalhaven region there are 423 active COVID-19 cases

According to Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District figures, 33 of those are in the Shoalhaven and 17 are in the Kiama area.

To the north of the Shoalhaven, there are 312 active Coronavirus cases in the Wollongong local government area and 61 in Shellharbour.

NSW Health said active cases are people who've tested positive for the virus, are in isolation and are being clinically monitored by authorities.

Infected patients are considered active for 14 days after their symptom onset date.

NSW Health said it remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. 

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The increase in COVID-19 infections has resulted in another COVID testing venue opening at the Milton Showground.

Other COVID Testing venues in the Shoalhaven are located at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark.

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry.

8am-5pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Culburra Beach Histopath – Crookhaven Park 

Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic.

Culburra Oval Mini Fields Carpark (opposite Culburra Beach Tennis Courts)

Entry via Prince Edward Ave, Culburra Beach. 

8am - 3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm

 

Gerringong 4Cyte Pathology Drive-Through

Gerringong Medical and Cosmetic Centre.

139 Belinda Street.

9am-3:30pm - Monday-Friday.

 

Kiama Laverty Drive-Through Pop-up Clinic

Netball Club behind Kiama Leisure Centre.

1 Havilah Place Kiama (entry via Terralong Street)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-1pm Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Milton Ulladulla Hospital

106 Princes Highway.

T: 4454 9100

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Please bring your Medicare card with you.

8:30am-4pm - 7 days

 

Milton Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic

Milton Showground.

107 Croobyar Rd.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

Open 12pm-3pm, 20 December.

Then, 8am-3pm - 7 days

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra

Shoalhaven Hospital

2 Scenic Drive.

Location: Hospital in the Home (HITH) area.

T: 1300 002 108

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8:30am-12:30pm and 1.15pm - 4.30pm - 7 days.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25 December - CLOSED.

26, 27, 28 December - 8:30am-12:30pm

1 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-Through Clinic

57 Junction St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

9am-5pm - Monday-Friday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

North Nowra Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, West Cambewarra Rd

(enter via Illaroo Rd)

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-3pm - 7 days

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January.

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Nowra Showground Laverty Pop up Drive-Through Clinic

West St.

Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required.

8am-4pm - Monday-Friday.

8am-12pm - Saturday-Sunday.

NOTE - Altered hours in December & January:

25, 26, 27, 28 December - CLOSED.

29, 30, 31 December - 8am-12pm

1, 3 January 2022 - CLOSED.

 

Sanctuary Point Respiratory Clinic

195 Kerry Street.

T: 0478 799 400

Testing times vary daily.

 

St Georges Basin Southern IML Pathology Drive-through Clinic

St Georges Basin Sporting Complex.

Panorama Road (off Wool Rd)

8:30am-5pm – 7 days.

 

Sussex Inlet Histopath Drive-Through & Walk-in Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre, 21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet .

8am-4pm – 7 days (including public holidays)

25, 26, 27, 28 December - 8am-4pm

1, 3 January 2022 - 8am-4pm,

 

Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic

114 Princes Highway.

T: 4455 5422

Note: Appointment required.

 

The Huskisson Southern IML Pop up Drive-Through Clinic is not currently operating.

 

Additional COVID-19 cases reported in the Shoalhaven and South Coast

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NSW Health has confirmed another two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Illawarra Health district website said the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven Local Government Area and investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson could not provide details of what town or villages those cases are located at or whether they had been active in the community.

The two additional COVID-19 positives bring to four the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven after South Coast MP Shelly Hancock confirmed two positive cases in the Nowra area on Friday.

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Bega MP Andrew Constance today said via social media there had been one COVID-19 positive case confirmed in the Batemans Bay area.

Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat and
  • shortness of breath.

New pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing clinics have been opened at;

Bomaderry Histopath Drive Through Clinic

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre Carpark

90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry NSW 2541

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Huskisson Southern IML Drive Through Clinic

Huskisson Scout Hall Carpark

Kioloa Street, Huskisson 2540

8am – 5pm – 7 days

Sussex Inlet Histopath - Drive-through Clinic

Sussex Inlet Aquatic Centre

21 Thomson St, Sussex Inlet

8am – 4pm – 7 days

For additional COVID-19 advice visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health Facebook Page 

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Another COVID related death in the Shellharbour LGA

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There were 472 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 225 positive PCR tests and 247 positive rapid antigen tests.

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 247 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area.
  • 119 cases from the Shellharbour LGA.
  • 88 cases from the Shoalhaven LGA.
  • 18 cases from the Kiama LGA.

NSW Health is today reporting the death of one person with COVID-19 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven  Local Health District.

A female in her 90s from the Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19.

As at 7pm,  February 10, there were 151 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

 

 

Another COVID-19 victim reported in the Shoalhaven

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Health authorities have reported another COVID-19 related death in the Shoalhaven.

NSW Health said a male in his 80s from Shoalhaven Local Government Area who was vaccinated against COVID-19 has died..

There are 641 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 20 hour period to 4pm on Tuesday, including 319 positive PCR tests and 322 positive rapid antigen tests.

There are 145 cases from the Shoalhaven Local Government Area and 32 cases from Kiama.

NSW Health has reported 352 cases from Wollongong and 112 cases from Shellharbour.

At 8pm Tuesday, there were 174 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven Hospitals .

 

 

 

Another four COVID related deaths in the Shellharbour region

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NSW Health is today reporting the death of another four people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District, all from the Shellharbour region.

  • A male in his 60s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19
  • A female in her 80s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • A male in his 90s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • A female aged 100 from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

That brings to 10 the number of COVID related deaths in the Shellharbour area since the 10th of February 2022.

There were 549 positive COVID-19 cases notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 209 positive PCR tests and 340 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 278 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 129 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 129 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 13 cases from Kiama LGA

To view all case data for our District, visit our website: https://bit.ly/ISLHD-case-numbers

For a full list of local testing clinic locations visit: https://bit.ly/ISLHD-COVID-testing.

 

 

Another increase in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 cases

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There were 518 positive COVID-19 test results notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 242 positive PCR tests and 276 positive rapid antigen tests.

That is an increase of 31 cases on the previous day.

  • 135 cases from Shoalhaven Local Government Area compared with 122 cases yesterday.
  • 25 cases came from the Kiama LGA which is seven more than for the previous day.
  • 261 cases from Wollongong LGA which is two more than yesterday.
  • 97 cases from Shellharbour LGA compared to 84 cases the previous day.

As at 7pm, 8 February there were 165 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in the District.

Across NSW there were 10,312 positive test cases notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, including 5,961 positive rapid antigen tests  and 4,351 positive PCR tests.

 

 

 

 

Another rise in Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID case numbers

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There were 157,758 COVID-19 tests reported till 8pm last night by NSW Health , as Coronavirus case numbers explode.

NSW recorded 11-thousand 201 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday.

There are 625 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 61 in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation.

As at 8 pm on December 28, there were 15 patients in hospital in the District as a result of COVID-19.

NSW Health reports the death of another three COVID-19 patients.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven today has 255 new infections, which is an increase of 44 on yesterday's figures.

  • 185 cases are from the Wollongong local government area.
  • 32 new cases are from Shellharbour.
  • 29 new infections reported in the Shoalhaven.
  • 9 cases are from the Kiama local government area.

There have been 4,211 total community acquired COVID-19 cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District reported since 16 June 2021.

 

 

Another two COVID deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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NSW Health is today reporting the death of two people with COVID-19 from our Local Health District. 

  • A male in his 70s from Wollongong LGA who was not vaccinated 
  • A male in his 90s from Shellharbour LGA who was vaccinated against COVID-19

There were 607 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 279 positive PCR tests and 328 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 322 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area 
  • 124 cases from Shellharbour LGA
  • 136 cases from Shoalhaven LGA
  • 25 cases from Kiama LGA

The breakdown on the number of COVID-19 cases in the District’s hospitals is not currently available.

 

 

 

Another two COVID-19 venues of concern listed in the Shoalhaven

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NSW Health has named another two Coronavirus venues of concern in the Shoalhaven.

PETstock South Nowra at 2/142 Princes Highway is listed.

If you were at this venue on Wednesday, September 15 2021 between 9 am and 9.35 am then you should get tested immediately.

NSW Health advises you should self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Australia Post at Shop 20, 73 Meroo Street Bomaderry has also been listed as a Coronavirus venue of concern.

If you were at this location on Monday, September 20 2021 between 1 pm and 1.30 pm you should get tested immediately.

NSW Health advises you should also self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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Visit the NSW Health website for other venues of concern notifications and further advice on COVID-19 precautions and testing sites.

Images: NSW Health

 

Bong Bong Picnic Races postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the iconic Bong Bong Picnic Races for a second year running.

Chairman of the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club Simon Parks issued a statement to members today stating, due to the ongoing COVID situation and the existing Southern Highlands lockdown, the Board of the Bong Bong Picnic Races have regretfully decided to postpone this year's Picnic Race day that was to be held on Friday 19th of November. 

He said "We are currently seeking a new date to race in early 2022 from Racing NSW and hope to be able to confirm this by the end of October.

"The board is committed to trying to find a way to hold the race day on an alternative date in early 2022 and we thank members for their ongoing support. 

"We will be in touch as soon as we have any news," he said.

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The Picnic race meeting was cancelled last year because of the Coronavirus lockdown.

Images: Bong Bong Picnic Races Facebook 

 

 

Businesses welcome visitor influx equal to summer

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After a devastating start to the year, Southern Shoalhaven businesses are relishing an influx of visitors, with tens of thousands of holiday makers providing a much-needed boost to the local economy over the school holiday period.

Many business owners say the October long-weekend was busier than the peak Christmas holiday period as visitors from Sydney and Canberra made the most of a short beach break after months of Covid-19 restrictions.

Belinda Brown from Allure on Ocean Motel in Mollymook said the long weekend was the busiest she had experienced in a decade, with visitors lapping up the fantastic beach weather, and also spending up in local shops and eateries.

“It was definitely busier than the last three Christmas periods,” she said.

“We were booked out well in advance and had to turn people away.”

Belinda said, with limits on live entertainment, visitors were making the most of the local beaches, shopping in Ulladulla and Milton, and were treated to a spectacular display by large pods of whales with “perfect timing”.

“People were eating out at the clubs, cafes and restaurants and many people told me they wanted to spend their money locally to support our economy,” she said.

“Some people came back and used their credit after their summer holidays were cancelled during the fires.”

Belinda said in general people were “more mindful” and observed by Covid-19 restrictions.

“I think people are getting used to living with covid,” she said.

“People were happy to book ahead at a restaurant or wait longer for a table at a café.”

Nearby, Matthew Forbes from Mollymook Surfbeach Motel says many visitors booked at the last minute, perhaps waiting for a change to travel restrictions.

“This has been the busiest October school holidays in the last eight years,” he said.

“We have had a mix of visitors from the ACT and Sydney enjoying the perfect weather.”

Milton village was bustling with shoppers and diners according to David Johnson from the Milton Promotions Committee.

“It was a huge long weekend, with lots of people holidaying at home, and many saying they had come down to support the area after all the dramas of the bush fires and covid,” David said.

“The crowds were as big as Christmas time – which was great.”

Mollymook Surf Club also recorded bumper summer holiday crowds with thousands flocking to the beach, but observing covid regulations and keeping their distance

Further south, Colin Bailie from the boutique Pebbly Beach Escape hosted 30 guests and is expecting another influx after the Murramarang National Park opened on Tuesday after being closed for 10 months due to the impact of the Currowan bush fire.

Photo: Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club

 

Case numbers fall dramatically

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COVID-19 case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have fallen to their lowest level in months, with just nine new cases reported to 8pm on Monday.

Six of those are linked to known cases.

One came from the Shoalhaven's 2541 area, which was linked to a known case.

There were also three from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, five from Wollongong and none from Kiama.

The death of an unvaccinated Wollongong man aged in his 80s who had coronavirus along with significant underlying health conditions and passed away at Wollongong Hospital, was also included in the daily figures.

His was one of four deaths across the state linked to COVID-19, while in all NSW there were also 273 new locally-acquired cases in the 24 hours.

There have now been 2,287 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm Monday there were 26 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

Changes to covid19 restrictions in NSW

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The changes in restrictions come less than two weeks after they were relaxed on December 15.

All will stay in place until at least January 27.

FROM DECEMBER 24

* Indoor mask wearing will be compulsory in all non residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices.

* People are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.

FROM DECEMBER 27

* Hospitality venues will return to the one person per two-square metre rule. No density limits will apply outdoors.

* QR codes will again be compulsory in all settings, reversing a decision to scrap the rules in retail and hospitality settings.

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Changes to covid19 restrictions in NSW

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The changes in restrictions come less than two weeks after they were relaxed on December 15. All will stay in place until at least January 27.

FROM DECEMBER 24

* Indoor mask wearing will be compulsory in all non residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices.

* People are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.

FROM DECEMBER 27

* Hospitality venues will return to the one person per two-square metre rule. No density limits will apply outdoors.

* QR codes will again be compulsory in all settings, reversing a decision to scrap the rules in retail and hospitality settings.

AAP TT/AB

Coast COVIDsafe website launched

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Councils on the South Coast NSW have launched a public awareness campaign calling on visitors and residents to stay COVIDsafe over the Summer holidays.  

The Stay COVIDSafe on the South Coast campaign was developed in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council.  

The media campaign includes  advertising across the local government areas on commercial television, radio and social media to get the message out to residents and visitors in the region.  

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley says the message is simple...

"We want everyone to enjoy their time over the summer, whether it's in your home, at your local beach, pool or park – do your bit to stop COVID in its tracks.  

“If you head to the local beach, pool or park plan ahead to avoid disappointment. You can find information on changes in place on your local Council’s website,” Cr Findley said.  

 “Stay socially distanced, observe limits on gathering numbers, follow directions from our lifeguards and other authorities and respect those who are out there working to keep our community safe this summer."

When visiting your local Pool, Beach or Park, there’s a few things you can do:

  • Avoid disappointment by being aware of all restrictions that are in place
  • Remain a towel-length (1.5m) apart from anyone not from the same household
  • Minimise the use of communal facilities
  • 'Swim & Go!'
  • If you are unwell, stay at home or in your accommodation, and organise to get tested at the nearest testing clinic.

For more information go to: https://shoalhavenssf.com.au/covidsafe

Coronavirus cases slow in NSW as Premier tells people to stick to the rules

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The  government is urging the community to keep social gatherings to a minimum and obey new regulations as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state passes 2000.

Premier  Berejiklian implored people to not leave their homes unless they "absolutely" have to as the state tries to slow the spread of the virus.

She said the biggest concern is the level of community transmission in some areas.

"Its really important for people to assume they have it and to act like they have it.

"We have had localised breakouts in areas like Waverley and Bondi and as a result increased testing in those areas will happen to really reduce community to community transmission," she said.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 2032, an increase of 114 on the previous day but positive results are declining.

Thirty-five NSW patients are in intensive care.

The Premier said unless there is a significant and unexpected spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, the current restrictions will not be revised for a month.

"Health experts have told us they'd like to maintain the restrictions we've put in place for at least the next month and then assess," she said.

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Coronavirus forces football ban around Australia

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Football Federation Australia has suspended all grassroots football, junior to senior, training and games including the National Premier League competitions until at least April 14 because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The suspension came into effect at 12:00am this morning and will remain for four weeks following discussions between the FFA and its nine State and Territory Member Federations.

The decision comes as the latest in a series of measures being introduced by the FFA to combat the ongoing spread of Covid-19.

Football NSW Chief Executive Officer Stuart Hodge understood that the safety and wellbeing of football family members was put above everything else in making this decision.

"Football NSW first and foremost supports our football family members and the wider community in ensuring that their health, wellbeing and safety is paramount amidst the current climate.

"We are all unified as a sport to help ensure that the situation stabilizes by allowing our participants the chance to focus on what is important to them right now and that is keeping safe and well.

"We will continue to update all our members on the on-going changes that may occur but may I ask that each and everyone of you take care of yourselves, your family members and friends in this time of need," Hodge said.

Despite the FFA's decision, both the A-League and W-League will continue.

The W-League grand final between Sydney FC and Victory will be played behind closed doors this weekend while the schedule for the A-League is yet to be released.

Due to their isolation periods, both the Phoenix and Victory will have two A-League fixtures rescheduled, with the competition to be played out behind closed doors.

Image: Travis Winks

COVID case rise leads to reintroduction of visitor restrictions at Illawarra Shoalhaven Hospitals

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COVID restrictions might have eased across NSW but they've tightened up in hospitals within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

With 74 news case across the district since Monday, the LHD has re-introduced visitor restrictions at its hospitals.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient during visiting sessions.

The LHD said visitors must be over 12 and fully vaccinated.

All visitors will be screened on arrival and must wear a mask at all times.

"These measures are being put in place to protect our patients and visitors, as well as our staff who continue to provide quality of care during this peak period," the LHD said.

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Covid case update for Wingecarribee

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There are now 1344 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire.

That's up from 1218 the previous day.

Across the state and 11 people with Covid have died in 24-hours.

1738 hospital patients have the virus, and 134 are in intensive care.

There are 38625 new cases.

 

COVID cases increase slightly for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District is reporting an increase of COVID-19 cases compared with yesterday's figures.

There were 487 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 167 positive PCR tests and 320 positive rapid antigen tests.

  • 263 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA)
  • 84 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 122 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 18 cases from Kiama LGA

As at 7pm, 7 February there were 171 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in the District.

 

 

Covid cases on the rise

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The number of covid cases in the Wingcarribee continues to increase

As of eight o'clock Sunday December 19 there were 28 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and there's been a slight dip in new Covid infections -- but hospitalisations have jumped again.

2501 new cases have been detected in 24-hours.

261 people are in hospital, including 33 in intensive care.

Covid cases rise again

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There were 1123 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 322 positive PCR tests and 801 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below: 

  • 568 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) 
  • 276 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 215 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 64 cases from Kiama LGA

COVID claims another dozen lives in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven has recorded its deadliest week of Coronavirus since late May with 12 people dying from COVID-19 in the week ending July 16.

The virus has claimed 40 local lives over the last four reporting weeks taking the region's death toll to 169 since the start of January.

NSW Health Data shows 4,282 new cases were recorded during the reporting period with 47 people hospitalised including eight in ICU.

Influenza infections continue to decrease across the region, down from 269 in the week ending July 9 to 145 on the latest report.

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Covid numbers up again

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There were 1412 positive COVID-19 test results (cases) notified for the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, including 668 positive PCR tests and 744 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs).

A breakdown of cases is provided below:

  • 705 cases from Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) 
  • 323 cases from Shellharbour LGA 
  • 299 cases from Shoalhaven LGA 
  • 85 cases from Kiama LGA

COVID patients waiting hours in ambulance

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COVID-19 positive patients are being kept waiting for hours in ambulances as under-stress Sydney hospitals struggle to cope with demand, the Australian Paramedics Association says.

"We are at a point of time where 18 months into this pandemic, we are still struggling with getting patients into emergency departments," APA NSW president Christopher Kastelan says.

Numerous ambulance crews over the weekend were "stuck up to five, seven hours at a time", he told ABC TV on Monday.

"It means that paramedics are doing 16, 17 hour shifts without a break. For us, that is a concern for patients and paramedic safety," he told ABC TV on Monday.

"Waiting on the back of an ambulance for six hours when you are a COVID-19 positive patient and you are struggling to breathe, it is not ideal and we have seen the strain coming up for a period of time now."

The knock-on effect was that ambulances were unavailable for many hours with resources being called in to Sydney from the Southern Highlands, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

Some crews had responded to triple zero calls 100km away over the weekend, he said.

"It's only a matter of time that something significant is going to happen and that is going to be a poor patient outcome," he said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian released modelling on Monday predicting COVID-19 case numbers will peak in the next week, putting the greatest pressure on hospitals in early to mid-October.

Mr Kastelan said the 750 paramedics injected into the system over the past three years had already proven insufficient to cope with the COVID crisis.

"Do not forget that normal medical and trauma calls are still happening on top of the COVID-19 concern," he said.

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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 local health district

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There have been 1633 new cases of covid in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Health District for the 24 hours up until eight last night.

That includes 953 in the Wollongong LGA, 430 in Shellharbour, 178 in Shoalhaven and 72 in Kiama.

The number of Covid patients in the state's hospitals is rising.

1609 people in hospital have the virus and 131 are now in intensive care.

34994 new cases have been diagnosed in 24 hours, while six people have died.

Covid update for Southern Highlands

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There have been no new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee up until 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 New South Wales has recorded 283 new local Covid cases - and seven deaths.

552 people are in hospital with the virus.

124 of them are in intensive care.

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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 Southern Highlands

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There are 1715 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire.

That's up from 1697 the previous day.

Another 11 people with Covid have died in New South Wales in the past 24 hours.

2186 people in hospital have the virus, an increase of 150.

170 people are in intensive care.

25870 cases have been detected through P-C-R tests, but rapid antigen test results aren't yet included.

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 zero new cases reported for the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

There were only eight tests carried out.

The total active cases is 23.

New South Wales has recorded 444 new local Covid cases.

716 people are in hospital, four people with the virus have died.

Some 75.23 per cent of residents over 16 are fully vaccinated and 90.77 per cent have had at least one dose.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There have been no new cases for the Wingecarribee up to eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there were only four tests carried out.

There are currently 20 active cases in the shire.

Woolworths at Mittagong in the Highlands Marketplace has been listed as a venue of concern.

The exposure dates are:

Friday 24 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:45am
Friday 1 October 2021, 4:20pm to 6:05pm

Anyone who attended the store between these times is being asked get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.

Across the state, and there have been 406 new local Covid cases in New South Wales.

711 people are in hospital, 143 in intensive care.

Six people with the virus have died.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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

A total of 10 tests were carried out.

There are now 14 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and there are 372 new infections.

A man in his fifties is the sole person to die with the virus.

He had received one vaccine dose.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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The Wingecarribee Shire has now gone eight days without a case of covid19.

As of eight o'clock last night there were just three active cases in the shire.

There were 11 tests carried out.

Across the state and another 294 people have tested positive, while 474 patients are in hospital with Covid.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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

The NSW Health website is reporting there are four active cases in the shire.

The last positive case was reported on November four.

And across the state, there have been 187 new Covid cases across New South Wales.

Seven people have died.

264 people with the virus are in hospital, 48 of them in intensive care.

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

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Covid19 cases remain steady across the Wingecarribee Shire.

According to NSW Health, the last positive case was reported on November 20.

As of eight o'clock last night there was one active case in the shire.

Across the state, and NSW has had another day without a Covid death.

170 people are in hospital with the virus, including 25 in I-C-U.

150 cases have been detected in 24-hours.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There's been one new covid case for the Wingecarribee in the 24 hours to eight o'clock last night.

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

Across the state and the number of people contracting covid in New South Wales has blown out to 337.

It should soon be known if the parents of a child with Omicron also have the new Covid strain - after returning a positive covid test result.

The trio was on a flight from Doha to Sydney last week.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There have three new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee for the 24 hours to eight o'clock last night.

NSW Health is reporting there are currently three active cases.

The total number since the delta outbreak began is now 126.

New South Wales has 260 new cases -- and two people with the virus have died.

The cluster of Omicron cases linked to schools and a climbing gym in Sydney's west has grown to 31.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There have now been seven cases of covid 19 over the past seven days in the Wingecarribee.

That brings the total number of cases to 129 since the delta outbreak began.

As of eight o'clock Sunday December 12 NSW Health was reporting nine active cases in the shire.

Across the state and there's been a jump in the number of Covid patients in hospital.

It's increased from 156 yesterday, to 171 today.

Daily case numbers have been on the rise for more than a week.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There have been 14 new cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee Shire over the past seven days.

As of eight o'clock last night NSW Health was reporting 18 active cases in the shire.

The number of Covid patients in New South Wales hospitals has surged back above 200.

215 people are in hospital with the virus, up 10 per cent on yesterday.

24 are in intensive care and one person with the virus has died.

2200 new infections have been detected in 24 hours.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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There are currently 36 active cases of covid19 in the Wingecarribee.

The figures were last updated by NSW Health at eight o'clock December 21.

The number of Covid patients in NSW hospitals has climbed back above 300.

The state has recorded just over 3700 new daily cases.

40 people are in I-C-U.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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NSW Health last updated the Covid figures for the Wingecarribee on January 23.

There were 980 active cases at that time from PCR tests.

Across the state and there have been 29 deaths.

There were 18,512 new cases recorded and 2943 COVID patients are in hospitals.

Mask rules and hospitality density limits reintroduced before Christmas will continue beyond January 27.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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NSW Health is now including rapid antigen tests in its covid figures for the Wingecarribee.

In addition to PCR tests there were 497 active cases, as of yesterday.

Across the state and there have been another 15 Covid related deaths.

9243 people have tested positive.

Hospitalisations are continuing to drop, but there's no change to intensive care numbers - 92 patients are in the I-C-U.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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NSW Health is now reporting 1429 active cases of covid for the Wingecarribee.

That's down from 1456 cases on Saturday.

Across the state and there have been four deaths, including a two-year-old child.

NSW Health said the child, who was previously well, died at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

There have been 14,970 new infections.

1163 patients in hospital have the virus, including 34 in intensive care.

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.

 

Covid update for Wingecarribee Shire

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NSW Health is reporting 546 active cases for the Wingecarribee.

The figures were last updated at eight o'clock last night.

Across the state and covid-related deaths have dipped, but hospitalisations are on the rise.

27 people with the virus have died, as the state records more than 13000 infections.

2779 people are in hospital, 185 of them are in intensive care.

Covid update Southern Highlands

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NSW Health is now reporting 1149 active cases of covid19 from PCR tests.

That's down from 1184 cases the previous day.

Across the state and 46 people with Covid have died..

25168 new cases have been recorded, including 10015 through at-home tests.

The number of people in hospital and I-C-U who have the virus has dropped for a second day in a row.

 

COVID-19 case confirmed as visitor to Goulburn and Marulan locations

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Southern NSW Local Health District was notified yesterday afternoon that a COVID-19 positive case visited three sites in Goulburn and one in Marulan on Tuesday 20 July 2021.

Sites open to the public were Bunnings Goulburn and KFC Marulan.

Additional cleaning has been undertaken at both stores overnight and all staff will be tested for COVID-
19 today.

Overnight, NSW Health has sent a text to staff and visitors who checked in to either of these venues using the Service NSW QR-check-in system. Visitors will be classified as close contacts.

Staff members are being contacted to determine each one’s exposure.

Anyone who visited Bunnings Goulburn on 20 July 2021 between 12:30 – 12:45 is a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health.

Anyone who was at KFC Marulan on 20 July 2021 between 13:30 and 13:50 is a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health.

In two other Goulburn locations, there was only interaction between the limited staff and the case.

Three contacts have been identified and managed by the SNSWLHD Public Health Unit.

Testing on these three overnight returned negative results.

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Southern NSW Local Health District is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing.

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COVID-19 case confirmed as visitor to Goulburn service station

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A Coles Express service station has been deep cleaned following confirmation of a COVID-19 positive case visiting between 11.50 am and 12.00 pm on Friday 16 July.

Anyone who visited the service station between 11.50 am and 12.00 pm on Friday 16 July is considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. 

Two service station staff are considered casual contacts and are in isolation until they receive a negative test result.

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing.

If you are eligible, please also come forward for vaccination as soon as possible. There are more than 100 NSW vaccination clinics and outreach locations across the state.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others. 
  • Wear a mask at indoor venues, especially if you can’t physically distance

For a list of testing clinics in the Southern NSW Local Health District Area go to: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19

For up-to-date statistics NSW Health 

Read more COVID-19 FAQs

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COVID-19 case confirmed at Goulburn on the Southern Tablelands

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Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a positive COVID-19  case in the Goulburn area.

There are no public exposure sites related to this case. 

It said the person works in the ACT and has a residential address in Goulburn and the case is linked to one of the ACT exposure sites.  

Contact tracing has been completed by the public health team and the individual was not active in the community for any portion of their infectious period.  

A small number of close contacts have been identified and are in isolation.  

Southern NSW Local Health said it's working in close partnership with ACT Public Health to ensure fast and effective contact tracing and response is coordinated across the region.  

The quick notification process between the two jurisdictions allowed a rapid response to be completed as soon as the positive test result was received.  

Additional testing capacity has been set up at the  Goulburn Hospital COVID testing clinic.  

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath,  headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, or muscle aches, to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing.

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COVID-19 cases fall across the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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For the 24 hour period to 8 pm Saturday, 2 October there were 49 new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Details are as follows.

  • 31 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) - four are linked to known cases
  • 13 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA - nine are linked to known cases
  • 5 cases who are residents of Shoalhaven LGA - two are linked to known cases 

The Health District reported the death of one person with COVID-19. 

A man in his 60s from Wollongong died at home.

He was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions. 

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District has extended its sincere condolences to his loved ones.

 

 

COVID-19 cases highest among NSW school aged children before classrooms reopen

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Less than two weeks out from NSW schools fully reopening for face-to-face learning there's a concerning statistic coming out of NSW Health's weekly demographic breakdown of locally acquired COVID cases across the state.

Of the 10 age group demographic, the zero to nine and 10 to 19 categories have seen the most positive cases over the last seven days for the first time since the Delta outbreak began in Greater Sydney.

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Almost 800 children up to nine years of age have contracted the illness in the last week.

NSW Health said the best way to protect kids from getting COVID-19 is to reduce the number of infections in adults.

"Getting vaccinated helps achieve this.

"Everyone aged 12 years and over is eligible to get vaccinated," Health said.

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COVID-19 multiple Shoalhaven venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed here, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

NSW Health has provided the following information - 

Pizza Hut Nowra

Shop 1/78 Kinghorne Street

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 6:45pm to 6:55pm

Coles Nowra

Kinghorne Street and Junction Street

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 11:45am to 1:05pm

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1:40pm to 2:45pm

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 1:15pm to 2pm

Thursday 23 September 2021, 10:25pm to 10:30pm

The Ginger Jar Bakehouse

15 Kinghorne Street, Shop 12 Shoalhaven Arcade

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 7:30am to 2:10pm

Aldi Nowra

8/16 Kinghorne Street

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1:20pm to 1:40pm

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4:20pm to 4:35pm

Monday 27 September 2021, 12:30pm to 1pm

Welcome Chinese Restaurant Bomaderry

55 Meroo St

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5:35pm to 5:40pm

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 5:20pm to 5:25pm

Choice Pharmacy Bomaderry

Shop 1 Woolworths, 320 Princes Highway

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 5pm to 5:05pm

Coles Vincentia

Shopping Centre, 29 The Wool Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 10am to 1:10pm

BWS Vincentia

Corner Naval College Road and the Wool Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 2pm to 2:15pm

Woolworths Vincentia

8 Moona Creek Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 1:45pm to 2:05pm

ALDI Vincentia

8 Moona Creek Road

Thursday 30 September 2021, 1:40pm to 1:50pm

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COVID-19 restrictions imposed for the Shoalhaven and regional NSW - as Sydney, The Blue Mountains and Wollongong enter a 14-day lockdown

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The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong will enter a COVID-19 lockdown from 6:00pm today until 11.59pm on Friday July 9.

Under the new restrictions, people in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong can only leave home for the following reasons

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-vaccine)
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Restrictions have also been announced for regions outside the lockdown zones including the Shoalhaven, South Coast and Southern Highlands from 6:00pm tonight.

  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes                    
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn

The New Health Minister Brad Hazard said, “Anyone who has travelled from the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong areas to regional NSW must immediately self isolated for at least 14-days.”

The Premier said “It was important to protect regional communities."

The tightened restrictions have been enforced after NSW recorded 12 new locally acquired cases.

Ms Berejiklian warned NSW should "brace ourselves" for more cases in the coming days.

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COVID-19 restrictions imposed for the Southern Highlands and regional NSW - as Sydney, The Blue Mountains and Wollongong enter a 14-day lockdown

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The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong will enter a COVID-19 lockdown from 6:00pm today until 11.59pm on Friday July 9.

Under the new restrictions, people in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong can only leave home for the following reasons

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-vaccine)
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Restrictions have also been announced for regions outside the lockdown zones including the Shoalhaven, South Coast and Southern Highlands from 6:00pm tonight.

  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes                    
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn

The New Health Minister Brad Hazard said, “Anyone who has travelled from the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong areas to regional NSW must immediately self isolated for at least 14-days.”

The Premier said “It was important to protect regional communities."

The tightened restrictions have been enforced after NSW recorded 12 new locally acquired cases.

Ms Berejiklian warned NSW should "brace ourselves" for more cases in the coming days.

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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.

Culburra Beach COVID-19 testing underway

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A pop-up drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic has opened at Culburra.

The clinic is located at the Culburra Oval Mini Fields carpark, which is opposite the Culburra Beach Tennis Courts.

Entry is via Prince Edward Ave at Culburra Beach.

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The clinic will be open from 8 am until 4 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and demand will be monitored.

The clinic is in in a direct response to positive COVID-19 detections at the Culburra Beach Sewage Treatment Plant, which covers Culburra Beach, Orient Point, and parts of Greenwell Point.

Anyone with symptoms or anyone who believes they may have been exposed to Coronavirus must come forward for testing and self-isolate until they are advised of their test results.

If you require additional COVID-19 information you should visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health website.

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Dads stepping up during COVID-19 lockdowns

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Aussie dads are playing a greater role in their young children's education during COVID-19, leading the charge when it comes to home-schooling maths and PE, a study has found.

The research has been shared in time for Father's Day on Sunday.

"With our busy life and my job I had very little to do with our son's education since kindergarten," Sydney father and 'dadmum' blogger Brad Kearns said.

"My wife managed it and I was really only there for milestones. But now that we're all at home, I'm seeing his activities, work ethic and the satisfaction he gets from completing tasks."

Mr Kearns' experience is reflected in the survey, which found 51 per cent of Australian fathers who answered the May poll have been spending more time focused on their kids' schooling since COVID hit. Thirty-two per cent of fathers have been dedicating the same amount of time and 14 per cent have been spending less time.

The survey found 64 per cent of dads offered help with maths, 55 per cent with PE or sport and 53 per cent with art.

But mums still played a more significant role overall, with 70 per cent saying they remained more involved with the schooling than their children's fathers.

The survey of 600 Australian parents of children aged five to 10 was commissioned by education technology business Osmo, which creates learning platforms for children.

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Doctor & nurse at Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong test positive

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People who attended the Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong between Monday and Friday of last week are being urged to get a covid test.

It comes after two health professionals, a doctor and a nurse tested positive.

It's possible they caught the virus from a patient who didn't known they had it.

The centre is trying to get in touch with up to 200 people who maybe affected.

They're being asked to not to see a doctor or chemist, but get tested and isolate until they get their results.

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.

 

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.

Double Vaccinated app now linked to Service NSW

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Residents are now able to integrate the COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate into their Service NSW app from today with the program now rolling out State-wide.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said with restrictions to further ease as the state approaches 80 percent double vaccination, the integration of the vaccine certificate with the app will make things easier for the people of NSW.

“This is an extra digital service to make life easier for the businesses and customers of NSW as we open back up. NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to roll out an integrated QR code solution for displaying vaccination status Statewide,” Mr. Dominello said.

“When someone visits a venue, they’ll be able to show their green check-in tick and vaccination status simultaneously, saving staff and customers time.

“While integrating the COVID-19 digital certificate onto the Service NSW app will be optional, it will be the by far the easiest and quickest way to prove you’re fully vaccinated.”

As the vaccine data sits in the Federal Australian Immunisation Register to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into the Service NSW app you will need to:

  •  Ensure your Federal MyGov account is linked to Medicare
  •  Download the Express Plus Medicare app and sign in with your MyGov account details
  • Select ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’
  • Select ‘Share with check-in app’ and then ‘Service NSW’

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Eight new covid cases for the Shoalhaven

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The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW says the Illawarra Shoalhaven is starting to become an area of concern.

Up to 8 last night, there were 21 cases all up.

That includes nine cases in the Wollongong Local Government Area, eight cases in the Shoalhaven LGA and four cases in the Shellharbour LGA.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 12-hundred-and-81 new local Covid cases

Five people with the virus have died.

Five more COVID-19 deaths in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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Five people with confirmed COVID-19 from the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas have died in the 24 hours until 8 pm Monday according to NSW Health.

There were 974 positive COVID-19 test cases notified for that 24 hour period across the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

That number included 437 positive rapid antigen tests and 537 positive PCR tests.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Health reports there are 124 new infections reported from the Shoalhaven and 15 from Kiama.

271 new infections came from Wollongong and 127 cases from Shellharbour 

As of 8 pm Monday, there were 168 COVID-19 patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven district hospitals.

 

Five new cases for Wingecarribee LGA

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has revealed there were five new cases of COVID19 for the Wingecarribee Local Government area up to 8 o'clock last night.

Four of those cases are at Woodlands and one at Mittagong.

75 percent of eligible New South Wales residents have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The state has recorded 1480 new cases.

Folk by the Sea cancelled due to Covid

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With the announcement on 28 July 2021 by the NSW Government of the extension of the lockdown for another further 4 weeks we have had to make the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Folk by the Sea festival as it was currently planned. 

Event organiser David De Santi said "Even though it's 8 weeks away we believe it's too large a financial and safety risk to press on."

"We are extremely disappointed and I assume you will be as well." he said.

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Mr De Santi said, "We're hoping, all things being equal, we can return in 23-25 September 2022."

 

Four new cases for the Shoalhaven

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There have been four new cases of covid19 in the Shoalhaven for the 24 hour period leading up to 8pm Sunday September 19.

Two of these are linked to known cases and investigations are continuing about the other two cases.

Across the entire Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District there were 45 new COVID 19 cases.

Details are as follows:

28 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) - eight are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for 20 cases
12 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA - Three are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for nine cases
4 cases who are residents of Shoalhaven LGA - two are linked to known cases and investigations are ongoing for two cases. ( As mentioned above )
1 case who is a resident of Kiama LGA and investigations are ongoing.

Sadly, the District is reporting the death of one person.

That was a woman in her 80s from the Wollongong Local Government Area who died at Wollongong Hospital.

She had received one dose of a vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

Freedom Warrior fined after an anti-covid rally in Kiama

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A thousand dollar fine for a Freedom Warrior who allegedly breached public health orders at an anti-covid rally at Kiama yesterday.

The 31-year-old man was among a small group of protestors at the Kiama lighthouse after rally calls were sent out via social media posts.

Police, including the Public Order Riot team, was deployed.

He was detained by police after leaving allegedly Shellharbour in breach of stay-at-home orders.

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Friends Bubble created to allow children playtime during school holidays

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The NSW government has announced a relaxation of the Coronavirus lockdown rules for the well-being of young people.

Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are fully vaccinated, under an easing of restrictions for school holidays.

From 12 noon today, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW will be able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions; 

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house.
  • These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”.
  • All people older than 18 years in all households must be fully vaccinated.
  • The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA.
  • If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

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Frontline staff first to get covid jab at Wollongong hub

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The COVID-19 vaccination roll out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District commenced today, with frontline staff receiving the Pfizer vaccine at Wollongong Hospital’s Vaccination Hub.

The Wollongong Hub is one of the latest hospitals in NSW set up to provide vaccinations to health and other staff as part of the vaccine rollout.

The hub will also provide support to satellite locations at Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Milton Ulladulla Hospitals in the coming weeks, as well as a number of sites in Southern NSW.

ISLHD Infectious Diseases Specialist, Dr Niladri Ghosh was the first person to receive the vaccine in the Wollongong Hospital Hub.

He said receiving the vaccine was a significant moment for him, both personally and professionally, having been involved with the pandemic response from the very start.

“I treated the first confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted to Wollongong Hospital last year and saw firsthand the impacts of this pandemic," he said.

"I am so excited to now see the vaccination being rolled out in Australia as it’s such an important step in stopping the transmission of COVID-19.

“I feel very privileged to have received the vaccine today and I strongly encourage everyone to have it when it’s their turn,” Dr Ghosh said.

Wollongong Hospital Security Staff member, David Nichols also received one of the first doses of the vaccine at the new hub this morning.

“I’m really appreciative to receive the vaccine today and do my part to protect my family, the people I work with, and the community.

"I’m around a lot of different people every day and having the vaccine gives me extra assurance that I’m going to be keeping myself and others safe,” Mr Nichols said.

ISLHD Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance, Deborah Cameron said opening the hub was an exciting milestone for the District.

“The establishment of the Wollongong Hospital Vaccination hub means that we’re now able to provide those with the greatest risks of potential exposure to COVID-19 access to the vaccine as close to their homes as possible.

"It’s wonderful to see our staff get vaccinated and further protect themselves from the virus,” Ms Cameron said.

General visitors allowed back at Illawarra Shoalhaven hospitals

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Patients at hospitals across the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be reunited with loved ones and friends from today with the local health district reinstating general visiting.

One fully vaccinated person, wearing a mask is now allowed to visit general wards at Wollongong Hospital between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm while two visitors a day, following the same criteria are allowed at Coledale, Bulli, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, David Berry, Shoalhaven and Milton Ulladulla Hospital's between 11 am and 1 pm and again from 5 pm till 7 pm.

LHD boss Margot Mains said Wollongong's hours differ because of the high volume of COVID-positive patients who require transfer through the facility at various times of the day.

"We know the community is keen to resume normal life as quickly as possible, but our hospitals remain on a high-risk alert level as we continue to deal with COVID-19.

"We are now working through the safe and appropriate re-opening of other areas, including surgery, oral health, and outpatient clinics, and will continue to promptly advise the community when these resume.

"Our aim is to achieve a balance of the resumption of our usual services/activities as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining the required COVID measures and protocols to keep our patients, staff, and community safe," Mains said.

The community is also being advised that while an easing of visitor restrictions has commenced, there are still a number of COVID-19 measures in place to ensure patient safety.

"At this stage, existing restrictions remain unchanged in Intensive Care, COVID-19 Wards, Maternity and Birthing, Paedatrics and outpatient face-to-face appointments.

"Screening will also be maintained at our facility entrances, including QR code check-in," Mains said.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the following criteria applies for visitors to a NSW Health facility:

• Must be at least 12 years of age

• Must have had two doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine

• Has evidence of vaccination status, which will be checked upon entry

• Must wear a surgical mask correctly on entry at the facility and for the duration of the visit

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Goulburn Hospital building site re-open after COVID-19 shutdown

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The construction site for the $165 million Goulburn Base Hospital and Health Service redevelopment will reopen on Mo19 July 2021, with additional strict measures in place to keep workers, contractors and the local community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Principal Contractor for the redevelopment, Hansen Yuncken has assured Southern NSW LHD (SNSWLHD) it continues to follow the public health advice and implement workplace policies and procedures to manage COVID-19 in accordance with Public Health Orders, which now includes surveillance (COVID-19) testing.  

A COVID-19 testing tent is being established on-site to facilitate surveillance testing of workers from Greater Sydney, who are required to work or visit the site and are subject to the Public Health Order testing requirement. Residents from the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, and Liverpool Council areas who are not permitted to leave these LGAs in accordance with the Public Health Order are not permitted on site.

The contractor has also introduced additional measures to limit workers moving around the local community, including engaging local suppliers to facilitate contact-free food deliveries. All construction materials and suppliers continue to be delivered directly to the site. 

After confirmation of a COVID-19 positive case in a worker that attended the site on Friday 9 July, a risk assessment of the worksite was conducted by SNSWLHD. 

The site has been deep cleaned, and QR codes and mandatory mask-wearing will continue to be in place for anyone attending the site. 

Anyone at the worksite on 9 July when the case was considered infectious, was immediately required to isolate and get tested. The majority of attendees have been classified as ‘casual contacts’ and are not required to isolate after they receive a negative test result.  

As of 5 pm, Sunday 18 July 2021 no one within the Goulburn community or any contacts from the construction site have been notified with a positive result. 

This is a good sign but SNSWLHD is reminding everyone to remain vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms. 

Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea or muscle aches – are asked to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so that any potential cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible. 

SNSWLHD is also reminding the community that travels to Greater Sydney should be limited. Any resident of the Goulburn area who returns from Greater Sydney must abide by stay-at-home orders for 14 days after they leave the Greater Sydney area. This includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour regions.

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Health Alert after Covid-19 case visits the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands

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NSW Health is tracing the movements of a potentially infectious COVID-19 case who visited the Jervis Bay area from Melbourne on the 23 and 24 May. 

Victorian health officials say the confirmed case  visited Jervis Bay, Goulburn, Hyams Beach and Vincentia.

NSW Health has issued a list of venues of concern around Jervis Bay and is urging anyone who visited them at the times listed on the department's website to get in contact, to get tested and to isolate until they receive further instructions.

The venues include the Green Patch campground and Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay, the Cooked Goose Cafe at Hyams Beach, Coles Vincentia Shopping Village and Trapper's Bakery and Shell Coles Express Big Merino at Goulburn.

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NSW Health says it may add new venues of concern and was increasing virus testing in the area, including a drive-through pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Huskisson.

Anyone who lives in Jervis Bay or has visited Jervis Bay since 22 May is asked to get tested and to isolate if they have even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.

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Health alert for low-level Wollongong COVID-19 case

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A precautionary health alert has been issued for a Sydney cafe and venues in the Wollongong area after a returned traveller tested positive for COVID-19 following their 14-day quarantine period.

Shops, a cafe and a hotel are among the venues where those who visited at around the same time should get tested immediately and self-isolate, NSW Health said in a statement on Sunday night.

Full list from NSW Health here  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

The person tested positive on the 16th day after arriving, having returned two negative tests during their 14-day quarantine period, the department said.

"Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date.

"Investigations to date suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting."

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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.

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Highlands GP: Get those boosters in your arms

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We're being told a spike in covid cases is inevitable given the relaxing of restrictions and the Christmas party season.

Since the start of the month there have been 11 new cases in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Chairman of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice Dr. Vince Roche said it's important people start getting their booster shots.

"I might sound like a cracked record, but get those boosters into your arms as soon as you can,

"Remember that the doctors and the chemists have to have a few days off over Christmas,"Dr. Roche said.

NSW has recorded its highest daily Covid total in three months, with 1360 new infections detected in 24-hours.

166 people are in hospital with the virus, down slightly for a second day in a row.

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How long do you wash your hands for?

Shoalhaven City Council would like to remind the community the best defence of protection from COVID-19 is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20seconds.

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Residents should also;

▪️Sneeze and cough into their elbows

▪️Stay at home if sick


If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel, seek medical attention. Call your GP, ED or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.


We want to remind the Shoalhaven community that NSW Health is the primary source for information on COVID-19.

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For Coronavirus update go to: 
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Illawarra Shoalhaven Area Health District Covid testing rates soar

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The Greater Sydney Covid crisis has seen Covid testing rates in this region go through the roof over the last few weeks.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health says 9-and-a-half thousand people were tested a fortnight ago, the figure jumping to 19 thousand the following week.

Head of Nursing and Midwifery Brad Scott said that number is even higher this week.

He said, "In the last week we've had 20 thousand people attend our testing sites."

"In the Shoalhaven region we had about 300 people tested, so the majority of those people that are getting tested at the moment are in the Illawarra, Shellharbour, and Kiama regions," he said

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Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID 19 case updates

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Of the 11 new cases, eight are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and four are linked to a known case.

The other three are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area and one is linked to a known case.

There are no new Coronavirus infections reported for the Shoalhaven in the last 24 hours.

There have been 2,647 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

As at 8 pm last night, four people were being treated in hospital as a result of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID death toll climbs as third Omicron wave arrives

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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 30 people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven in the four weeks to June 25.

NSW Health data shows nine more people from across the Local Health District died from the virus in the week ending June 25 taking the region's death toll to 138 since the start of the year as the state braces for the third wave of Omicron driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

Health Minister Brad Hazard said the wave is likely to peak later this month or in early August.

He fears the number of serious illnesses and deaths will increase significantly unless more people have their booster.

"This increase in community transmission brings with it greatly increased risks for those not up to date with their vaccines.

"The best way you can protect yourself from serious illness or worse is to get every vaccination that is available to you," Hazzard said.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people should also exercise common sense and wear a face mask in public indoor spaces, where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

"Face masks, hand hygiene, staying home when ill, testing yourself when symptoms present, physically distancing, all these measures are not new to us.

"Unless we pull together as one again, this new wave will hit schools and businesses hard, just like BA.1 did, which saw thousands of workers absent," Dr Chant said.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID-19 infection cases fall.

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There are 896 positive COVID-19 test results  notified for the 24 hour period to 8pm yesterday across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health district,  99 cases lower than the previous 24 hours.

Today's numbers include 380 positive rapid antigen tests and 516 positive PCR tests.

A breakdown of the positive PCR tests show infections have fallen to 269 cases for the Wollongong Local Government Area and 122 cases from Shellharbour are 58 less than the previous day.

There has been a marked drop in new COVID-19 infections from the Shoalhaven LGA down from 131 cases to 99 in the 24 hours till 8 pm Sunday.

26 cases from Kiama is down 8 cases.

As at 8pm, 23 January there were 154 COVID-19 cases in hospital in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Covid19 cases rise

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NSW Health is reporting 523 new Covid 19 cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven up until 4 pm yesterday.

That's an increase from 465 cases yesterday.

In the Shoalhaven there are 94 new cases.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven experiences deadliest COVID week in almost two months

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven's COVID-19 death toll has hit 157 since the start of January with 10 more people dying from the virus in the week ending July 9.

NSW Health data shows 35 people have died in the region over the last four reporting weeks.

During the most recent reporting period, 59 people were hospitalised in the local health district with five admitted to ICU.

There were 4,264 new COVID infections during the period while influenza cases more than halved across the region, down to 269.

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Illawarra Shoalhaven Health restricts hospital visits due to COVID-19 risk

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Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has implemented further restrictions on visiting patients at Shoalhaven, David Berry, and Milton Ulladulla Hospitals,  to minimise the spread of COVID-19.  

In response to the statewide lockdown, and in line with relevant public health and infection control advice, hospitals in the Shoalhaven area are now under Red Alert level,  meaning that all ISLHD hospitals now fall within this alert category.  

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By further reducing the number of people coming into our facilities, as well as limiting visiting times, we are minimising the risk of spreading the COVID virus to vulnerable patients as well as health care workers who are at the forefront of dealing with this pandemic. 

Effective immediately, under the Red Alert level, there are no visitors permitted to patients on general wards. Please note, there are exemptions for specific wards, such as  Children’s ward, Maternity, Birthing, and Palliative Care.

Visit the COVID-19  section of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District websitefor details.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District COVID-19 update

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District  has recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Of the 13 new cases, seven are from the Wollongong Local Government Area and four are linked to a known case.

Three are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area postcode of 2529, and one is linked to a known case.

There are three new COVID-19 from the Shoalhaven LGA postcode of 2540 and two are linked to a known case.

There were more than 24,280 COVID-19 tests carried out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the week ending Sunday, 5 December.

There have been 2,636 cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since June.

The Local Health District is urging the community to maintain vigilance and to continue to come forward for testing and vaccination.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District scraps COVID case postcode data

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District will no longer provide postcode breakdowns of COVID-19 cases within the district.

The LHD confirmed that the reporting change will take place from today.

"Given the significant increase in local cases reported since the emergence of the Omicron variant, postcode data is now much less relevant to the overall prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

"Our updates will still include the total new cases for the District as well as a breakdown by each of our four Local Government Areas," the LHD said.

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The Local Health District is also encouraging people to act in a COVID safe manner and to remain vigilant for symptoms, regardless of where they live.

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Jervis Bay businesses to receive NSW government financial support

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Jervis Bay Territory Businesses are set to receive support payments after being allowed access to the NSW COVID business support programs.

Jervis Bay business had been denied access to the dollars because the ACT Government administers the Jervis Bay Territory.

The state government has now recognised the importance of those businesses to the state economy.

COVID-19 business grants, as well as the micro-business grant programs and JobSaver applications, close this Friday, October 1.

JobSaver provides cash flow support to impacted businesses, including sole traders and not-for-profits who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

More details on eligibility criteria for local businesses wanting to access support can be found here.

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Kiama Council getting back to business after Coronavirus restrictions are eased

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Kiama Council will welcome people back to its customer service centre this morning after the easing of COVID-19 health restrictions.

Council said it'll be operational for limited face-to-face services and residents can make payments and drop off documents without being fully vaccinated against Coronavirus.

Kiama's pools are also reopening today for lap and recreational swimming and aqua classes.

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