COVID-19 - 2ST

17 new cases - the Shoalhaven's worst day

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The Shoalhaven has recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases yet, with 17 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

Six of the new cases live in the 2540 postcode, the remaining 11 are from the 2541 area.

Five are linked to known cases, while investigations into the other 12 cases are continuing.

They were among 96 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

That includes 64 from the Wollongong Local Government Area, with 12 of those linked to known cases, and 15 from the Shellharbour area of which four are linked to known cases.

There were also six new cases reported in the Southern Highlands for the 24 hours, bringing the Wingecarribee Shire's total to 54 since June.

At 8pm last night there was one COVID patient being treated at Shoalhaven Hospital, and 35 in Wollongong Hospital.

NSW recorded 864 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 15 people with COVID passed away.

 

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 

 

 

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 10 COVID cases in Shoalhaven

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There have been another 10 COVID-19 cases detected in the Shoalhaven in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.

Six of the cases are people living in the 2540 postcode area, while the other four are from the 2541 area.

Five of the new detections are linked to known cases.

They were among 72 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours.

Of those 49 are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area  including 18 linked to known cases, and 13 are residents of Shellharbour LGA - six of whom are linked to known cases.

There were no new cases in the Kiama area.

There was sadly one death in the Wollongong area, who passed away at Wollongong Hospital.

Across the state there were 813 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths related to the virus.

The Shoalhaven has now had 162 COVID-19 cases detected in the past 30 days.

 

 

Another six cases in the Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has recorded six more COVID-19 cases for the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday - two of them linked to known cases.

Four of the new cases were among people living in the 2540 area, the other two were in the 2541 postcode.

There were no new cases in the Kiama Local Government area, among 38 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 15 from Shellharbour and 17 from Wollongong.

A total of 38 COVID-19 patients remain in Wollongong Hospital.

The 38 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm Monday bring the district's total to 2139 since the latest outbreak began in June.

NSW Health has reminded people to remain vigilant for symptoms and get tested if any appear, no matter how mild.

Symptoms include cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

People with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should also arrange testing as quickly as possible.

NSW Health says high rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and preventing further spread of COVID-19 in the community  

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

 

Aunty Violet calls Shoalhaven indigenous community to action over COVID

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Aboriginal social worker, Aunty Violet Green, has spent a long time working in and around health services.

And as part of her continued involvement in health issues, the Walbunga woman of the Yuin nation has issued a plea for members of the Shoalhaven's Indigenous community to take all possible precautions to protect themselves against COVID.

In a video posted to social media, Aunty Violet appears with South Coast Police District Commander Greg Moore to ask people to alter their behaviour.

"Take the opportunity to get the vaccine," Aunty Violet said.

"It saves people's lives, and you don't know whose life it could be saving - it could be your family, it could be your mob, the people you work with, it could be your best friend.

"Our mob's important, and we also know that we spread the virus by moving around unnecessarily, so please, I just ask you to stay home and please get vaccinated and if you're unwell please get tested."

 

Bomaderry school locked down after COVID alert

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There are doubts about whether Bomaderry Public School will be open when students start to return on Monday.

The school has been closed today (Friday) for cleaning and contact tracing after a school community member tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff and students have been asked to self-isolate and follow NSW Health advice and protocols.

NSW Education says parents will be contacted when the school is able to re-open.

In the meantime NSW Health has asked anyone who has been unwell who develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, muscle or joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.  

Image: Glenn Ellard

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 

 

 

Border closures keep Ulladulla family apart

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Joanne Moore has not seen her husband Jason since the start of June, as state border closures have kept them apart.

Last year they spent 10 months unable to see each other, which Joanne said was tough on their children.

But even tougher is the predicament they are facing because she is trying to sell their Ulladulla home so she and the children can move to Western Australia where Jason works in the mining industry on a fly-in, fly-out basis, but they have been refused permission by the WA Government.

"I wrote an email to the Premier, Mark McGowan, and he didn't read it personally, he passed it on to another office, and they basically said 'No, wanting to relocate to WA is not an excuse to get an exemption'," Joanne said.

While Jason's employer has put together a relocation package to help workers reunite with their families, and she has been told her home will sell quickly once she puts it on the market, it's left Joanne in an incredibly difficult situation.

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"I read in the news yesterday that the borders aren't looking like they're going to open until April 2022, so unless a miracle happens I'm stuck here until 2022 and when this house sells stuck without anywhere to live with two children and four animals," she said.

Joanne said she thought she was doing the right thing by ensuring she and her children were fully vaccinated, even getting her 12-year-old daughter vaccinated when the West Australian Government had not even made vaccines available to children that young.

But it was not enough to convince the WA Government to let them in.

"They're just saying that I don't have any grounds to get an exemption to be able to get into Western Australia, even though I'm fully vaccinated and there's no actual cases of COVID, and never has been in Ulladulla," Joanne said.

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The WA Government has classified all of NSW as extreme risk, and says the only people who can enter Western Australia from an extreme risk jurisdiction are certain senior government officials; certain active military personnel; a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth; and skilled specialists required to perform time-critical services, who are specifically approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer or who belong to a specified class of specialist worker that been approved by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer.

Images: Joanne Moore

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.

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 in Sanctuary Point

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Sanctuary Point has been identified as an area of concern in NSW Health's latest list of potential COVID exposure sites.

Culburra Beach continues to concern health officials due to fragments of the COVID virus being found ion the town's sewage, while no cases have yet been identified in the town.

People living in Culburra Beach have again been urged to be tested if they have the slightest of cold or flu-like symptoms.

In today's COVID figures there were 38 cases from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including two from the Shoalhaven.

That takes the Shoalhaven's number of active cases to 18.

 

COVID cases at lowest level in a month

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COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health district have hit their lowest level in a month.

Just 23 cases were recorded during the 24  hours to 8pm on Tuesday - the lowest since Tuesday, September 14 when there were 17 cases across the district.

Of the new cases recorded overnight three were among people living in the Shoalhaven, including two from the 2541 area and one from the 2540 postcode.

Two of the three new detections are linked to known cases.

Kiama recorded no new cases for the ninth day in a row, while there were three in the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 17 in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,162 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Tuesday there were 31 COVID-19 patients being treated in the health district's hospitals.

 

COVID cases continue to grow

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Two new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kiama, and one in the Shoalhaven, with all three linked to known cases.

The new cases were reported today as the number of new COVID infections in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District continues to grow, with 65 in today's figures.

They included 50 in the Wollongong local government area including eight linked to known cases, and 12 in Shellharbour of which four were linked to known cases.

There have been 898 cases in the health district since the delta outbreak started in June.

There was also one new case in the Southern Highlands, bringing its total to 33 since June.

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 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.

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 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 vaccinations in Jerrinja today

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A COVID vaccination clinic is being held in the Jerrinja community from 10am today.

Jerrinja resident Rodney John urged community members to be vaccinated to help life return to normal.

In a video posted to social media he said the lockdown was tough, "But to keep one another safe there's now a vaccine out there that will keep us all safe."

Mr John said vaccines had been brought in to Jerrinja, "So anyone from community who wants to come up and get the shot - I'm not forcing anybody - but if you want to come up and get it that's one step closer to a step out of our door, to get out in the real world and start mingling in with each other again.

"But until then we need to get the rules and  regulations down pat," he said.

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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.

Images: drfuenteshernandez / Pixabay and NSW Health

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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Distrust and answers in Kiama vaccine forum

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A high level of distrust about the COVID vaccines was evident during an online forum organised by Kiama MP Gareth Ward on Thursday night.

The forum heard questions about the safety of the vaccines, long-term impacts, whether they could be trusted given they were developed so quickly, a database of adverse events and more.

However Wollongong University Clinical Professor and infectious disease doctor Spiros Miyakis said he knew how important vaccination was after caring for COVID patients in hospital.

"Seeing how bad this disease can turn out to be, I think that is the most convincing thing for using the tools to protect you, and the best tool, with the best evidence we have so far, is the vaccine indeed," Professor Miyakis said.

Former national president of the Pharmacy Guild of  Australia, David Heffernan told the forum it usually took 10 to 15 years to develop a vaccine, however the vaccines developed to combat COVID-19 were built of years of research and work with other diseases and vaccines.

Professor Miyakis added there was no real choice when it came to a vaccine against COVID-19.

"Why is took so little time in this case is because we didn't have time," he said.

"In 10 or 15 years probably humanity, the way things were going, would have dire consequences, therefore all the scientific community changed the process a little bit."

He said the changes meant the process were just as rigorous, but the timeframe was reduced significantly by overlapping different stages.

"There are some trial stages for a vaccine, and usually what happens when one stage finished it takes two or three years and then the next stage takes over and over and over.

"Here there was just no time so as soon as there was a signal that the vaccine works, that the side effects are not prohibitory, we were moving to the next phase, and the next phase and the next phase," Professor Miyakis explained.

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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 fined in Kiama for COVID breaches

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Five people have been issued with infringements over COVID-19 beaches at a construction site in Kiama.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District were notified on Monday of workers allegedly from Sydney, staying in Kiama.

Police attended an address on North Kiama Drive about 7.30pm and spoke with the occupants, who were part of a construction team building a unit complex on Collins Street, Kiama.

Police attended the worksite about 11am yesterday and saw a number of employees run into a nearby carpark.

Officers located 33 workers and spoke to the project manager.

Following inquiries, five of the men were identified as being from local government areas of concern in Sydney.

Inquiries are continuing into further potential breaches.

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.

Five new cases in the Shoalhaven

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Five new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Shoalhaven in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.

Two of the new detections are linked to known cases.

Three of the new cases are people living in the 2541 postcode, while the other two are from the 2540 area.

They were among 49 new cases diagnosed in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District across the 24 hours, including the death of one man in the Wollongong area.

The man aged in his 60s was unvaccinated, he had underlying health conditions and passed away in his home.

There were also 31 new COVID cases in the Wollongong Local Government Area, including four linked to known cases, and 13 in Shellharbour - nine linked to known cases.

No cases were detected among the Kiama Local Government Area's residents.

There were also two new cases in the Southern Highlands, taking the number of cases in the Wingecarribee Shire to 58 since June.

Across NSW there were 667 COVID cases detected during the 24 hours, while 10 people died - two aged in their 50s, four aged in their 60s, two in their 70s and two in their 80s.

Five new Shoalhaven COVID cases, two in Kiama

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Five new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and two in the Kiama Local Government Area are included in today's 103 for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Both Kiama cases are linked to known cases, as are three in the Shoalhaven.

There were also 82 cases in Wollongong and 14 in Shellharbour.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant expressed particular concerns about figures in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during this morning's daily COVID update.

She said while figures were falling at some COVID hot spots, the opposite was happening in the Illawarra.

"I do want to highlight the fact that we're asking everyone in the Illawarra - we've had 103 new cases reported, bringing the total number of cases to 1001," Dr Chant said.

"The Wollongong Local Government Area is the most impacted, and the Shellharbour Local Government Area, so I am urging everyone to be cautious, please come forward to get tested, and also please get vaccinated."

 

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 cases in Shoalhaven, none in Kiama

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There have been no news COVID cases in the Kama or Wingecarribee Local Government Areas for the fourth straight day.

Shoalhaven recorded four new cases, split evenly between the 2540 and 2541 areas.

One was linked to a known case.

There were 48 new cases in the Shoalhaven for the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday, with 38 of them in Wollongong - 15 linked to known cases.

There were also six new detections in Shellharbour , including three linked to known cases.

There have now been 1,951 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Thursday, October 7, there were 42 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

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.

Four new cases in the Shoalhaven

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Four new COVID cases were recorded in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area during the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

Three of them were linked to known cases, one was a person living in the 2541 area, and the other three were from the 2540 postcode.

They were among 12 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including one in Kiama and seven from Wollongong.

For the first time in several months there were no new cases in the Shellharbour Local Government Area.

There have now been 2,338 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

By 8pm on Thursday the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals had fallen to 23.

 

Four new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven

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Health officials have reported four news COVID cases in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday - one of them linked to a known case.

Two of the new cases are among people living in the 2541 postcode, one is from the area covered by the 2540 postcode, and the other is from the 2535 area.

There were no new cases in the Kiama area among the 51 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 42 cases from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 14 of which were linked to known cases, and five from the Shellharbour area - four of them linked to known cases.

The daily figures included the death of a man in his 70s from Wollongong who passed away at Wollongong Hospital.

He had underlying health conditions.

There have now been 1843 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Freedom Day comes with reduced COVID case information

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

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

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

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Park said the people of NSW need comprehensive information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Freedom Day comes with reduced COVID case information

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

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

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

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Park said the people of NSW need comprehensive information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District adminsiter the first vaccine rollout of the Pfizer Comirnaty COVID 19 vaccine for staff and frontline workers at the Wollongong Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Hub on Monday 15 March. Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District adminsiter the first vaccine rollout of the Pfizer Comornity COVID 19 vaccine for staff and frontline workers at the Wollongong Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Hub on Monday 15 March. Wollongong Hospital Security Staff Member David Nichols becomes the second in the Wollongong area to receive to vaccine from Immunisation coordinator Natasa Veselinovic

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

Image: Travis Winks

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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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.

Source: Shoalhaven City Council website. Photo supplied

For Coronavirus update go to: 
https://www.2st.com.au/news/coronavirus-updates

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

Image: Supplied

 

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.

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.

Image: Shoalhaven City Council

Kiama a week without a COVID case

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The Kiama Local Government Area has gone a week without a new COVID-19 case.

However the Shoalhaven has recoded 31 cases in the past three days , including 10 in today's COVID statistics.

Nine of the new cases are from the 2541 area, the other from the 2540 postcode.

One of today's new Shoalhaven cases is linked to a known case.

Today's figures included 11 new cases in  the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 17 in Wollongong, while over the three days from Saturday to today there were 29 new COVID cases in Shellharbour and 90 in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

 There have now been 2,101 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm Sunday there were 37 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

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.

Image: Kiama Council

Kiama man's death linked to COVID-19

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A Kiama man's death in Wollongong Hospital has been linked to the COVID outbreak.

The man aged in his 70s passed away in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with his death reported in today's COVID figures.

He had received one vaccine dose.

The five deaths reported during the daily COVID updated also included a Wollongong woman aged in her 80s, who passed away in Wollongong Hospital.

She had received two doses of the vaccine.

Both had underlying health conditions.

The daily update reported 62 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including five in Kiama and three in the Shoalhaven - one of which was linked to a known case.

There were also 34 in Wollongong, with 15 linked to known cases, and 20 in the Shellharbour Local Government Area, of which eight were linked to known cases.

Three cases were detected in the Wingecarribee area.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward joins 2ST's Charles Maxwell to clarify questions about the COVID-19 regional lockdown

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Radio 2ST listeners across the Shoalhaven have been given the opportunity to have questions answered about the state-wide COVID-19 lockdown.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward joined 2ST's Charles Maxwell in the studio to clarify how the restrictions imposed at 5 pm on Saturday the 14th of August by the State Government affect them, their households, and their businesses, and the Shoalhaven.

Mr. Ward, who is a registered solicitor said "I think the Government has really made a rod for its own back with the way the drafting of some of these regulations has happened."

"It does not make it easier for members of the public to understand these rules, let alone the Police officers that are charged with enforcing them," he said.

For detailed COVID-19 advice and information visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District website.

 

 

Kiama records first case in a fortnight

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Kiama has recorded its first COVID-19 case in a fortnight, as the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District had its lowest case number for months.

There were also three Shoalhaven cases - all from the 2541 postcode and none of them linked to any known cases.

They were among just 16 cases throughout the district for the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

There were also two cases in the Shellharbour Local Government Area and 10 in Wollongong.

A Wollongong woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions died in Wollongong Hospital.

She had received one dose of a vaccine.

There have now been 2,278 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Sunday there were 30 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

Kiama to launch autumn festival after cancelling NYE fireworks

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Kiama's New Year's Eve fireworks and laser show have been cancelled because of uncertainty around COVID and large crowds.

"We know this event will be sorely missed by some of our community but rest assured we are doing what we can to keep the good-event vibes alive and well, just in different sizes, shapes, and forms," Council said.

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Council will replace the NYE event with REVEL, a series of local, bespoke, and fun community events set for next autumn.

Council said it will develop a program of events with successful local event operators, food and drink providers, artists, and performers.

"The month-long REVEL festival will offer a range of activities appealing to a wide spectrum of people, to be held at different locations across the municipality," said Council.

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"The extended duration of the events is designed to provide more ways and dates for locals and visitors to take part and more opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the events," Council said.

Images: Destination Kiama and Kiama Council

Less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours

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New South Wales continues to move in the right direction with both cases dropping and vaccinations increasing, with just 360 new cases overnight, from 88,988 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

90.4% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 74% of people now fully vaccinated.

The details of Illawarra Shoalhaven cases will be released in the next few hours.

There are currently 766 people in hospital, with 155 people in ICU.

Sadly, there were another five deaths in the reporting period.

Local testing stepped up after Wollongong case

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Covid 19 testing clinics across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands have extended their opening hours after a number of venues in Wollongong were visited by a man with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the listed times must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health:

  • Wollongong - St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, 39 Atchison St Sunday 27 December 9am-10.15am
  • Wollongong - The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 18 Stewart St Sunday 27 December 10.30am-11am

Anyone who visited any of the following venues at the listed times is considered a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Figtree - Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, 19 Princes Hwy Monday 21 December 12.30pm-1.30pm, Wednesday 23 December 8.45am-9am
  • Figtree - Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, 19 Princes Hwy

Thursday 24 December 6.45am-9.30am

  • Figtree - Proust Optical, Shop 49, Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, 19 Princes Hwy Monday 21 December 9.30am-5pm Wednesday 23 December 9.30am-2pm Close contacts from this venue will be contacted by NSW Health
  • Mona Vale - Pittwater Place 10 Park St, All day on all the following dates: Sunday 13 December Monday 14 December Tuesday 15 December Wednesday 16 December Thursday 17 December Friday 18 December Saturday 19 December
  • Wollongong - Wollongong Central 200 Crown St, 200 Crown St, Wollongong NSW 2500 Wednesday 23 December 3.30pm-4pm

A drive-through clinic will open at Figtree Community Centre at 10am today, in addition to extended hours at clinics in the area.   

It is absolutely vital everyone immediately comes forward for testing if they have even the slightest COVID-19 symptoms.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell, loss of taste, fatigue, acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis.

Don’t delay, get tested. Most people in NSW are still receiving their test results within 24 hours.

When visiting clinics, remember to wear a mask on your way to the testing clinic, while waiting in line, and on your way home. After a test you must go straight home.

Testing is available at Bowral and District Hospital, the Mittagong Respiratory Clinic, Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic, Milton-Ulladulla Hospital, the Sanctuary Point Respiratory Clinic, Nowra Southern IML Pathology and Shoalhaven Hospital.

Lockdown breach closes Ulladulla Leisure Centre

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The Shoalhaven has been rocked by news a person from Sydney's Northern Beaches has been found to have visited the Ulladulla Leisure Centre.

Shoalhaven City Council issued a heads-up late yesterday saying it happened yesterday and that the person had been in the Northern Beaches area on Saturday.

The council says staff at the centre immediately asked the person to leave and the breach was reported to police and NSW Health and the centre closed as a precaution.

The council is now waiting on further advice.

Meantime NSW Health has admitted it made a mistake putting Shoalhaven on its latest COVID restrictions list.

Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wingecarribee are not included in the latest restrictions.. however Wollondilly is.

It means we can still have up to 50 people in our homes, venues do not have to reintroduce the four square metre rule.. and people can still sing in their churches.

 

Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Social_Distancing_People.jpg

Man allegedly spits and coughs on police during North Nowra arrest

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A man allegedly spat and coughed on police while claiming he had COVID-19 in North Nowra on Saturday night.

Police were called to a home in Page Avenue just before midnight after reports an unknown man had entered an elderly couple’s home.

The man ran off to a nearby school, with police chasing him on foot and arresting him.

Police used capsicum spray during the arrest, before the 44-year-old Ulladulla man allegedly spat and coughed on officers.

While searching the school police uncovered items allegedly stolen from the home.

The man was charged with aggravated break and enter to commit a serious indictable offence, intimidation, demanding property with menace, destroying or damaging property, assaulting police and not complying with directions regarding spitting and coughing during COVID-19.

He was refused bail and ordered to appear before Nowra Local Court today.

Police officers involved in the arrest have returned negative COVID-19 tests.

image: Glenn Ellard

Mask refusal results in Bowral arrests

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There have been arrests in Bowral after an organic food store allegedly refused to comply with the COVID facemask requirements.

Footage has emerged online of the shop owners clashing with police.

The owners allegedly wrestled with police before being bundled into a van.

The organic store had banned mask wearing, and posts on social media also said those who were vaccinated could not enter the premises.

Mask use is mandatory in all indoor venues across NSW.

images: Instagram

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More Coronavirus cases for the Southern Highlands

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

There have been two new cases reported in Wingecarribee Shire.

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

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

 

 

 

 

More COVID cases in Nowra and Kiama

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Two new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven are being investigated to find out how the people became infected.

However two new infections in Kiama are linked to known cases.

The cases are among 17 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported in this morning's daily COVID update, including nine in Wollongong and four in Shellharbour.

There are now five active cases in the Kiama local government area, and 23 in the Shoalhaven.

Meanwhile Coles Supermarket in Nowra has been identified as a potential COVID exposure site.

Coles has been advised that a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 visited the store between 10.13 and 10.20am on Thursday, September 9th.

The supermarket has since undergone a deep clean, but people who were in the supermarket at the time have been asked to monitor for symptoms, and undertake a COVID test if any develop.

More COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven and Kiama

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The Shoalhaven has recorded another two positive Covid-19 cases up until 8 pm on Tuesday night.

There are now 14 active Coronavirus cases in the Shoalhaven.

Illawarra Shoalhaven health said on its website the two cases are residents of Shoalhaven LGA, both of whom are linked to known cases.

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There is another reported case in the Kiama LGA.

There are now two active Coronavirus cases linked to Kiama.

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven District Health website said the case who is a resident of Kiama LGA, whose infection is under investigation, and who is isolating out of the Local Health District.

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More COVID-19 venues of concern for Mittagong and Bowral

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Four additional venues of concern have been listed by NSW Health for the Wingecarribee Local Government Area.

Mittagong

Bunnings Mittagong - Tyree Place                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday 9 September 2021  between 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm

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Liquorland Bowral - 33 Bendooley Street                                                                                                                                                                                    Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:06 am

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Priceline Pharmacy Bowral - 10-15 310-312 Bong Bong Street                                                                                                                                      Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:03 am

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Home No.9 Thai Cuisine by Bangkok House Bowral - 328-332 Bong Bong Street                                                                                      Thursday 9 September 2021 between 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm

The NSW Health exposure locations list includes close and casual contact venues.

For more information visit NSW Health COVID-19 case locations.

More local exposure sites listed

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More COVID-19 exposure sites across the Shoalhaven and Kiama have been listed on NSW Health's website.

Anyone who visited the following venues at the times listed is considered a causal contact and must come forward for testing and self-isolate until a negative result is returned:

Culburra Beach: Woolworths Culburra Beach from 12:20 to 12:40pm on Friday, September 24.

Vincentia: Subway Vincentia in the Vincentia Marketplace from 11:35 to 11:50am on Thursday, September 23.

Nowra, Dan Murphy's Nowra, from 1:35 to 1:40 on Thursday, September 23.

Milton: Terry White Chemmart in Milton from 9:10 to 9:35am on Friday, September 17.

Kiama: Kiama Fair Newsagency, from 10.35 to 10.45am on Sunday. September 19.

More local venues of concern listed

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The list of local COVID exposure sites continues to grow, with more added in the past 24 hours.

Three more sites in Sanctuary Point, Gerringong and Kiama have been added to the list of local venues of concern.

Anyone who has been at the venues at the specified times is required to get tested and isolate until a negative result is obtained.

The venues include:

Gerringong:

Caltex Gerringong, 2 Belinda Street on Monday September 20 from 2:45 to 3:20pm.

Sanctuary Point:

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away, Shop 2/10 Paradise Beach Road on Thursday September 23 from 10 to 11am.

Kiama:

Service NSW Kiama, 64 Shoalhaven Street on Monday, September 20 from 4:10 to 4:15pm.

Multiple health alerts issued after confirmed COVID cases in Shellharbour and Nowra

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There are now 10 venues of concern across the Illawarra Shoalhaven after a person tested positive for Coronavirus in Shellharbour.

An alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line.

A spokesperson from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said the case is currently isolating at home along with household contacts.

"The source of infection is under investigation, however is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work.

"The case was working from home when not required to travel for work.

"NSW Health has been notified of new venues of concern in Unanderra, Kiama, Nowra, Blackbutt, Shellharbour CityCentre and Warilla associated with this confirmed case of COVID-19," the spokesperson said.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

"You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again," the LHD spokesperson said.

Bridgestone Tyres Unanderra, 159 Five Islands Road - Tuesday 3 August from 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Woolworths Kiama, Kiama View Shopping Centre, 143 Terralong Street - Friday 30 July from 5 pm to 5.15 pm

NAB Nowra, 56 Kinghorne Street - Friday 30 July from 2.50 pm to 3.05 pm

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Warilla Grove Shopping Centre, 47 Shellharbour Road, Warilla - Saturday 7 August from 9.25am to 11.20am, in particular the following stores:

Cafe Els - Saturday 7 August, 9.25 am to 9.35 am

Bakers Delight - Saturday 7 August, 9.30 am to 9.35 am

Mitchell's Market - Saturday 7 August, 9.35am to 10.05am

Woolworths - Saturday 7 August, 10 am to 11.20 am

Coles, Stockland Shellharbour - 1 Holm Place, Shellharbour City Centre - Saturday 7 August, 11.45 am to 12.20 pm

Dan Murphy's - Stocklands Retail Park, New Lake Entrance Road, Blackbutt - Saturday 7 August 2021, 12.25 pm to 12.45 pm

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A casual contact alert has also been issued for the South Coast train line after the positive case travelled from Mortdale to Bomaderry on Friday, July 30 between 11.55 am and 2.17 pm.

Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/50308277997, Warilla Grove and Google Maps

New COVID-19 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 on the website, 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.

 

Nowra

Better Tyres Nowra, 61 Berry Street, Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1pm to 1:30pm

Aldi Nowra, 8/16 Kinghorne Street, Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4:20pm to 4:35pm

 

Worrigee

Naji's Charcoal Chicken and Kebabs Worrigee, 60 Isa Road, Saturday 25 September 2021, 10:55am to 11am

 

Berry

IGA Berry, 123 Queen Street, Monday 27 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:15am

 

Sanctuary Point

Sanctuary Point Bakery Sanctuary Point, Shop 1/20 Paradise, Beach Road, Thursday 23 September 2021, 10am to 11am

Image: News

 

New COVID-19 venues of concern listed for the Illawarra Shoalhaven

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As contact tracers try and identify links to 25 of yesterday's 38 COVID cases across the Illawarra Shoalhaven, a handful of COVID venues of concern have been added to the region's list of exposure sites.

Casual contact venues of concern have been listed in Bomaderry and Callala Bay as well as Woonona.

Anyone who attended the following venues on the days listed is a casual contact and must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health said people should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Illawarra Shoalhaven venues of concern:

Woonona

Woonona Eyecare, 391 Princes Highway

Tuesday 5 October, 12noon-12:15pm

Figtree

No further information provided by NSW Health

Bomaderry

Bomaderry Do It Yourself True Value Hardware, 54A Bolong Road

Thursday 7 October, 1:15pm-1:25pm

Nutrien Water, 5 Worthington Way

Thursday 7 October, 3:05pm-3:30pm

Callala Bay

Callala Cellars, Shop 12/55 Emmett Street

Thursday 7 October, 4:10pm-4:15pm

Image: fernandozhiminaicela / Pixabay

New Highlands covid cases

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Anyone who lives or works in the Moss Vale area needs to be particularly careful to watch for any COVID-19 symptoms after four new cases were reported in the Southern Highlands.

A new walk-in clinic has been set up at Moss Vale Showground, 16 Illawarra Highway, Moss Vale.

It is open today (Friday) from 10:30am – 5pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

Four people in one family are currently isolating at home, including two children. One of the new cases attended Moss Vale Public School, and another of the new cases attended Southern Highlands Early Childhood Centre.

Both sites are closed today for cleaning and contact tracing is underway.

The school and childcare centre are working closely with NSW Health to identify close contacts and contact tracing and further investigations are underway.

NSW has reported four new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Five cases were also reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,265.

There were 17,492 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 18,466 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the nine new cases to 8pm last night:

  • One was locally acquired, with the source under investigation, and three are close contacts of this case.
  • Five were acquired overseas and are now in hotel quarantine.

Should even the mildest of symptoms develop it is important to get tested that same day and isolate until a negative test has been received.

New Illawarra coronavirus case being investigated

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The state governments COVID-19 heat maps have revealed that the first coronavirus case in the Illawarra Shoalhaven in more than a month comes from the post code of 2528...

That includes the suburbs of Barrack Heights, Barrack Point, Lake Illawarra, Mount Warrigal, Warilla and Windang....

The man in his 20's is being treated in Wollongong Hospital while his close contacts are in self isolation and awaiting test results...

 Just how he contracted the virus is being investigated.

Photo: Rob Gooda

New Nowra exposure sites listed

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Two supermarkets are among several new potential COVID exposure sites in Nowra listed by NSW Health.

The list also includes renewed alerts for Dan Murphy's in Nowra and Bunnings in South Nowra.

If you were at any of the listed sites at the applicable times you must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received, according to NSW Health.

New sites added to the list of venues of concern include:

Nowra

Coles Nowra, Kinghorne Street and Junction Street, from 10.25 to 10.30pm on Thursday, September 23.

Nowra Kebabs, Kinghorne Street,  from 11:30 to 11:50am on Thursday, September 23.

Woolworths Nowra, Stockland Shopping Centre, from 4:55 to 6pm on Friday, September 24.

Dan Murphy's, Kalandar Street, from 1.35 to 1.40pm on Thursday, September 23.

South Nowra

Bunnings, Princes Highway, 12.20 to 12.50pm on Sunday, September 26.

 

New NSW Premier makes major changes to reopening road map

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With the 70 percent double vaccination milestone being reached late yesterday, Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed that the state Government will ease a number of restrictions as part of the reopening NSW roadmap, which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from Monday, October 11.

The changes to the 70 percent roadmap will allow up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five), the cap on outdoor gatherings has been lifted from 20 to 30 people while the cap for people to attend weddings and funerals has been doubled from 50 to 100.

Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities.

On Monday after NSW clears the 80 percent double vaccination hurdle, further restrictions will be relaxed, with people able to have up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10) while up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).

Up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500), nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing), and masks will no longer be required in office buildings.

The government said all roadmap freedoms at 70 and 80 percent will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

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All school students will also now return to on-site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by October 25, with the second and third stages of the return to school plan now combined.

Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18, with all other years now returning one week later on October 25.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said schools were ready to welcome students back.

"The return remains safe and sensible with enough time for schools to prepare for a faster return of students over two weeks instead of three.

"Principals have received detailed guidance and checklists of everything required to ensure COVID-safe settings in their school.

"Parents and carers will also receive a detailed guide today and more specific information from their school in the coming days," Mitchell said.

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Premier Dominic Perrottet said the common-sense changes would help life return to normal as soon as possible.

"Vaccinations are the key to life returning to normal and the changes today will help family and friends reconnect, get kids back to school, and get businesses back up and running sooner.

"NSW is putting in the hard yards and it's important people continue to turn out in droves to be vaccinated," he said.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said workers in regional areas who have received one vaccination dose will be permitted to return to their workplace from October 11 and will be given a grace period until November 1 to receive their second dose.

He said regional areas are those outside Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast.

"This move ensures we get businesses in the regions re-open and local economies buzzing again.

"It's about ensuring we make this a roadmap that works for everyone," Toole said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW residents 12-years-old and over have led the charge to get vaccinated and ensure NSW is among the safest places in the world.

"Getting to 70 percent double dose is a badge of honour for every fully vaccinated NSW citizen to wear proudly but we can do so much more and 90 percent is within our grasp," Hazzard said.

The government also confirmed that with the stay-at-home orders being lifted next Monday and replaced by the roadmap settings, the list of Local Government Areas of concern will cease to exist.

Images: Wave FM News, Dom Perrottet MP and NSW Health

New Shoalhaven COVID cases under investigation

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Two new COVID cases from the Shoalhaven's 2540 postcode are being investigated as they are not linked to any known cases.

They are among 19 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, including eight from the Shellharbour Local Government Area and seven from Wollongong.

There were no new cases in Kiama.

There have now been 2,304 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Tuesday there were 25 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

NSW Health has confirmed the deaths of two men in their 90s from a Tarrawanna Aged Care Facility where they acquired their infections.

Both had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

They were among seven deaths across the state linked to COVID-19 for the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday, during which 283 people across NSW tested positive to the virus.

New Shoalhaven venues of COVID concern

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Several Nowra businesses have been added to the list of potential COVID exposure sites after people who visited them later tested positive to coronavirus.

NSW Health says anyone who was at these venues of concern at the listed times needs to immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is achieved.

Nowra:

McDonald's Nowra Central, Plunkett Street, from 8.30 to 8.50am on Wednesday, September 29 and 9.15 to 9.45am on Thursday, September 30.

Autobarn Nowra, Haigh Avenue, from 3.10 to 3,30pm on Thursday, September 23.

Fins, Fangs N Feathers, Haigh Avenue, from 3.23 to 3.37pm and 4.12 to 4.17pm on Thursday, September 30.

Bakehouse Delights, Kalandar Street, from 9.49 to 9.54am on Friday, September 24.

Bomaderry:

Woolworths Bomaderry, Princes Highway, from 5 to 5.15pm on Wednesday, September 29.

Worrigee:

FoodWorks, Isa Road, from 1.15 to 1.30pm on Wednesday, September 29, and 11.21 to 11.31am on Thursday, September 30.

Huskisson:

The Great Husky Bite, Owen Street, from 10.30am to 2pm on Tuesday, September 28, and 10.30am to 2pm on Wednesday, September 29.

St Georges Basin:

Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre, Island Point Road, from 11.25 to 11.40am on Thursday, September 23.

 

New venue of concern

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

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

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

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

Nine more COVID cases in the Shoalhaven

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A further nine COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Shoalhaven, according to figures released today.

Seven of those cases are in the 2541 postcode, the other two in the 2540 area.

Just four of the nine are linked to known cases.

They bring the number of cases reported in the Shoalhaven since Friday morning to 30, with 83 cases in the past 30 days.

Two COVID patients are being treated in Shoalhaven Hospital, and 41 in Wollongong Hospital.

Today's cases are among 63 for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District, including 43 in the Wollongong Local Government Area, of which 13 are linked to known cases, and 11 the Shellharbour with all except one linked to known cases.

There were also three new cases in the Southern Highlands, bringing its total number of cases since June to 44.

 

 

 

 

Nine new cases in the Shoalhaven

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A further nine COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Shoalhaven, two of them linked to known cases.

The nine new cases discovered in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday include seven people living in the area covered by the 2541 postcode, and two in the 2540 area.

There is also one new case in the Kiama Local Government Area.

They are among 77 new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours.

Of the new cases 54 are from Wollongong Local Government Area, including 15 linked to known cases, and 13 are from Shellharbour, four of which are linked to known cases.

There are also two new cases in the Southern Highlands, taking Wingecarribee Shire's total to 60 cases since June.

Across the state there were 623 new COVID cases in the 24 hours and six deaths linked to the virus.

 

Nine new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven

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Nine new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Shoalhaven during the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, with five linked to known cases.

Six of the cases live in the 2540 postcode, while the remaining three are from the 2541 area.

There were also three cases in Kiama, one of them linked to a known case,  among 94 new cases diagnosed within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in the 24 hours.

They included 66 in Wollongong, 30 of them linked to known cases, and 16 in the Shellharbour Local Government Area including 10 linked to known cases.

Since June 16 there have been 1365 in the health district.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said health authorities continued to be concerned about transmission rates in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

"We see the increasing cases in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, particularly about that Wollongong and Shellharbour area," she said during the daily COVID update.

The figures released this morning showed there had been 865 locally acquired cases in the 24 hours and 15 deaths, including a woman aged in her 70s at Batemans Bay.

Dr Chant said the woman died at home shortly after receiving her second vaccine dose.

 

 

 

No new COVID cases in Southern Highlands

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There were no COVID cases in the Southern Highlands, none in Kiama and only one in the Shoalhaven reported in today's figures.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded 46 new COVID-19 cases for the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of those, 28 are from Wollongong local government area including eight linked to known cases, 17 are from  Shellharbour including  five linked to known cases, and one from the Shoalhaven.

The source of the Shoalhaven case is still being investigated.

No New Covid-19 cases on the Southern Highlands

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There are no new reported cases of Covid-19 on the Southern Highlands from today's latest NSW Health figures.

Health officials have confirmed though, a second positive covid-19 case on the Southern Highlands was identified yesterday.

The female was diagnosed at the Mittagong respiratory clinic.

Earlier, a Southern Highlands health professional who works at Campbelltown Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

The Burradoo man contracted the virus through a brief discussion with a colleague.

His wife and children have all returned negative covid tests and have been self-isolating.

Southern Highlands Division of General Practice spokesman Dr. Vince Roche says the source of the latest infection is being investigated.

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Dr. Roche doesn't believe there's a risk of further transmission at this stage but is warning the community not to be COVID complacent.

NSW Health says anyone displaying mild cold symptoms should be tested immediately and self isolate.