Covid Shoalhaven - 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.

 

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  

Case numbers continue to fall

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COVID case numbers are continuing to fall, with just two detected in the Shoalhaven and seven throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District during the 24 hours to 8pm Monday.

The two Shoalhaven cases are both from the 2540 postcode, and one was linked to a known case.

There was also one case from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, four from Wollongong and none in Kiama.

There have now been 2,376 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

At 8pm on Monday there were 23 COVID-19 patients being treated in the health district's hospitals - and increase by two from the previous day's count of 21.

NSW Health has reported the COVID-related death of an unvaccinated man in his 80s at Wollongong Hospital.

He was the only COVID-related death in NSW for the day, although the daily figures included 282 new locally-acquired cases and two cases acquired overseas.

 

 

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.

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 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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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.

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."

 

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.

 

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.

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 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.

 

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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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.

 

Nowra pharmacist hopes to give COVID jabs within weeks

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Nowra pharmacist Nuri Atli is among the people celebrating after Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced approved community pharmacies will be able to request Astra Zeneca vaccinations from Monday.

Atli’s Country Pharmacy was pre-approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccinations, and he hopes to start giving the jab within weeks.

Mr Atli said pharmacists across Australia were excited to join to vaccination roll-out.

Mr Morrison yesterday said all community pharmacies across the country would be able to ask to administer Astra Zeneca vaccinations.

As a result Mr Atli hopes to be vaccinating people against COVID-19 at Nowra’s Atli Country Pharmacy within the next couple of weeks.

“What this means is that pharmacies will have a significant impact on improving vaccination rates across Australia, with community pharmacies delivering vaccinations where they are most needed,” Mr Atli said.

“I’m confident that by late next week or as of the 1st of August we will commence the vaccinations.”

Mr Atli said community pharmacies were the most accessible health destination, and many planned to offer extended hours to meet demand.

He even planed on vaccinating people without appointments as soon as Astra Zeneca vaccine stocks arrived.

“We won’t be having any booking system, it’ll be just walk in and get vaccinated – and that’s the biggest convenience that we’re offering.

“And we’ll have a full-time nurse there to be able to vaccinate, so really the only waiting time will be between patients.”

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NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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NSW Health has released a list of all COVID-19 close contact venues across the Shoalhaven as of October 6 at 8.00 am.

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases are associated with the following locations.

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

Culburra Beach Woolworths - 12.20 pm to 12.40 pm Friday 24 September

Huskisson The Great Husky Bite - 10.30 am to 2 pm Tuesday 28 September

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

Kiama Service NSW - 4.10 pm to 4.15 pm Monday 20 September

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Bakehouse Delight - 9.49 am to 9.54 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Better Tyres - 1 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Blooms the Chemist - 2.45 pm to 2.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Chemist Warehouse - 12 pm to 12.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Dan Murphys - 1.35 pm to 1.40 pm Thursday 23 September 

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

Nowra Fins Fangs and Feathers - 4.12 pm to 4.17 pm Thursday 30 September

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

Nowra McDonalds Nowra Central - 8.30 pm to 8.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Nowra Local Court - 10 am to 11.30 am Monday 27 September

Nowra Southern IML Pathology - 9.10 am to 9.30 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths Stocklands - 4.55 pm to 6 pm Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

Sanctuary Point Bakery - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

South Nowra Shell Coles Express - 7.50 am to 8 am Monday 27 September

St Georges Basin Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre - 11.25 am to 11.40 am 23 September

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

Worrigee Naaji's Charcoal Chicken Kebabs - 10.55 am to 11 am Saturday 25 September

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

If you have been to any of these locations on the date and time shown below, you are a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate, even if you have no symptoms.

You must follow Public Health advice on the NSW Health website.

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

Operation Stay at Home enforces COVID-19 stay at home orders across the Shoalhaven

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Police are out in numbers during Operation Stay at Home, which is enforcing the NSW Government's statewide lockdown.

A checkpoint has been set up at Bombo near Kiama to prevent those locked down in Greater Sydney from trying to get to the Shoalhaven and South Coast.

Police will also be cruising arterial roads and back roads,  as well as patrolling roadside rest stops and transport hubs, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Anyone traveling into the regions must apply for a permit.

There are fines ranging between $500 to $5000 for those caught breaching Public Health Orders.

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Record COVID-19 cases for the Shoalhaven

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NSW Health has reported a record number of new Coronavirus cases for the Shoalhaven today.

There are 50 new cases reported in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region up until 8 pm last night, bringing the total cases in the Local Health District to 771.

  • 24 cases are from the Wollongong Local Government Area, 10 are linked to known cases.
  • 13 cases are from the Shellharbour Local Government Area, six are linked to known cases.
  • 11 cases are from the Shoalhaven Local Government Area, four are linked to known cases.
  • Two cases are from the Kiama Local Government Area.

Shoalhaven & Wingecarribee to remain in lockdown

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Stay at home orders will remain in place for the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.

However there are some regions which will open under restrictions ( more details to come ).

There was one new case for the Shoalhaven LGA and one for the Wingecarribee.

That brings the total in the Wingecarribee to 13 cases, but with 10 of those, there is no known source.

About 107-thousand people across New South Wales were vaccinated against Covid yesterday.

The state has recorded 14-hundred and 5 new local cases in 24 hours

Six people with the virus have died.

Shoalhaven Council shuts administration and indoor sporting venues

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Shoalhaven City Council has closed multiple venues and facilities to the public until August 14 because of the COVID-19 regional shutdown .  

The following Council venues and facilities are closed to the public: 

  • Administration Buildings in Nowra and Ulladulla  
  • Indoor recreation centres  
  • Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre  
  • Holiday Haven Caravan Parks  
  • Showgrounds and campgrounds  
  • Public Swimming pools,  excluding Sea pools at Ulladulla and Huskisson which will remain open.  
  • Waste Transfer Stations at Ulladulla, Huskisson and West Nowra remain open  
  • Libraries, Galleries and other Community buildings   
  • Animal Shelters   
  • Community Centres, Public Halls and Buildings  

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Council staff are continuing to provide all essential works and maintenance during this period, including waste collection, sewerage and water treatment operations and Family Day Care.   

These essential works are permitted under the NSW Public Health Orders, and all staff are adhering to COVID Safe requirements. A full list of the current impacts on Council services and facilities is available on Council’s website.  

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Shoalhaven declared a Covid-19 affected area by the ACT

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The ACT Government has declared 14 additional local government areas in regional NSW as COVID-19 affected areas including the  Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.

At this stage travel to or from the Jervis Bay Territory is not included in the restricted zone.

Anyone who leaves these areas will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

They must also must complete an online exemption form within 72 hours prior to arriving in the ACT.

The 14 additional local government areas include:

Armidale Regional Council

Cessnock City Council

Coffs Harbour City Council

Dubbo Regional Council

Dungog Shire Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Maitland City Council

Mid-Western Regional Council

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Newcastle City Council

Port Stephens Council

Shoalhaven City Council

Singleton Council

Wingecarribee Shire Council

For further details head to: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/new-travel-requirements-for-nsw-and-victoria

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Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres pass 20,000 jabs

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Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres have passed the 20-thousand COVID vaccination mark, and celebrated the milestone before immunising another 1200 people at Vincentia on Saturday.

The milestone jab was given to Melissa Carlsson of Nowra, who said it was the right thing to do, particularly as she had young children.

They include 12-year-old Riley who had been asking when he could get vaccinated.

"It's all about protecting myself and the community, and also my children and everyone else around," Ms Carlsson said.

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Joining Saturday's celebrations was officer in charge at the Nowra Police Station, Inspector Ray Stynes, who praised the planning and dedication that went into protecting so many people.

"20,000 vaccinations into the Shoalhaven community is unreal," Inspector Stynes said.

"It's a fantastic result, great effort, great planning, and I can only take my hat off to them.

"And it's not just these centres, it's all the GPs, all the pharmacists," Inspector Stynes said.

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Shoalhaven records 11 new COVID cases

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There have been 11 new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - all from the 2541 postcode with two linked to known cases.

Figures reported this morning reveal there were also six in the Shellharbour local government area and 14 from Wollongong, while Kiama recorded no new cases for the 11th day in a row.

They were among 31 cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District again fell for the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

The latest detections bring the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District to 2215 since the Delta outbreak started in June.

At 8pm on Thursday there were 31 COVID-19 patients being treated in Wollongong Hospital and one in Shoalhaven Hospital.

Health authorities have 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.

Shoalhaven Wingecarribee forced into seven day lockdown

The Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands have joined regional New South Wales in a seven day lockdown as of 5pm on Saturday the 14th of August.

The lockdown was announced by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and confirmed by NSW health.

You can only leave the home for the following four reasons,

  • shopping for essential items (one person only within LGA/5km)
  • care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only)
  • exercise (in groups no more than 2 - excluding groups of household members, within 5km or within LGA. No outdoor recreation)
  • work and education that cannot be conducted remotely

People who live alone can nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. "Singles bubbles" will be required to be registered on nsw.gov.au from Saturday, 21 August 21. 

Schools will conduct remote learning but will remain open for students who need them.

Masks must be worn in all non-residential indoor settings, outside while queuing for takeaway, at outdoor markets and in all common property shared spaces of a residential building.

In addition to the Stay-At-Home order, anyone in a LGA of concern 

Must wear a mask at all times outside the house

Must not go further than 5km from the home for exercise, shopping or single bubble visits

Must not leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers), who will be required to be tested every three days

Construction workers can attend unoccupied sites if they meet vaccination conditions

For the 24 hour period to 8pm Friday, 13 August there were two new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

The first case is from the Shellharbour Local Government Area (LGA) and is a close contact of the case announced earlier this week. This case is isolating at home. 

The second case is also from the Shellharbour LGA and is a close contact of a case from outside the Local Health District. This case is isolating at home. 

Other case announced this week.

One case is a resident of the Shellharbour LGA and is isolating at home. The source of infection is under investigation, however investigations indicate it is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work. 

There were 19,383 COVID tests carried out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the week ending Sunday, 8 August.   

NSW Health provides information about venues of concern where there has been a risk of community transmission from known cases.

A list of venues and advice can be found here

Image: Supplied

 

 

Six in the Shoalhaven as district cases fall

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There have been six new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - four from the 2541 postcode and two in the 2540 area.

They were reported this morning as COVID-19 case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District again fell, with just 22 new infections detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

That included nine in the Shellharbour local government area - two linked to known cases, and seven from Wollongong of which five were linked to known cases.

Kiama recoded no new cases for the tenth day in a row.

Across the state there were 406 new locally-acquired cases for the 24 hours, with six deaths among people with COVID-19.

One of those deaths was a woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital.

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

There have now been 2,184 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

As at 8pm Wednesday, 13 October there were 33 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

 

Six new cases in the Shoalhaven

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There have been six new cases of COVID-19 in the Shoalhaven, according to figures released this morning.

The cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday were split evenly between the areas covered by the 2540 and 2541 postcodes,  and two were linked to known cases.

There were no new cases in the Kiama Local Government Area, but a total of 51 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

They included 34 from the Wollongong Local Government Area, of which 11 were linked to known cases, and 11 in the Shellharbour LGA, including five linked to known cases.

There have now been 1792 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the outbreak in June.

At 8pm Monday there were 38 COVID-19 patients being treated in Wollongong Hospital, and none in Shoalhaven Hospital.

The daily figures also included three new COVID cases in the Southern Highlands, bringing the Wingecarribee Shire's total number of cases since June to 63.

 

South Coast Police Station undergoes COVID deep clean

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A man that was in custody at Nowra Police Station last week has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The man returned a positive result at the Silverwater Correctional Centre.

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2st has been told that Nowra Police were informed of the result yesterday and immediately had the station deep cleaned.

Police are yet to release any further details about the situation.

A spokesperson from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said that an investigation is underway and contact tracers will look at whether the man was active in the community whilst contagious.

Image: NSW Police and Glenn Ellard

St Michael's School closed for cleaning and contract tracing

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St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Nowra has been closed for deep cleaning and contract tracing after school community member who visited there on Monday tested positive to COVID-19.

Parents were this morning contacted and asked to take students home until further notice, however the school offered supervision for students unable to return home early.

A note sent to parents said the school would be non-operational for onsite learning until further notice, and no student was to attend the site.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Education Office's Wollongong Diocese said school staff were working closely with health officials to determine whether people were close or casual contacts, and the appropriate steps for each person to take.

The office is advising parents to follow all directions given by NSW Health on whether testing and isolation is required.

This was spelled out in the letter sent to parents today.

"While the school is closed, NSW Public Health Unit representatives will provide specialist advice and identify students and staff who have been in close contact with the identified cases," the letter stated.

"Given the present situation we expect this to be a relatively small number, however those identified as close or casual contacts will be contacted.

"We understand that some measures of other school communities in our diocese may have family or other connections with our school community and they will be contacted directly by the Public Health Unit as appropriate."

The spokesperson said the Diocese had already been through the same process with other schools in the region, and to date the schools had been closed for only a day or two.

However he said they would be guided by health advice.

"We've got a good system in place, and we were well prepared for this," he said.

Image: St Michael's Catholic Primary School

Still no word on local pharmacy vaccinations

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There is still no word on when pharmacies in the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands will be able to start immunising people against COVID-19.

As new COVID cases yesterday topped 100 in the state, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW would green-light pharmacies to administer the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

When the State Government called for expressions of interest from pharmacies keen to be involved in the vaccination program, 1250 including some from the Shoalhaven put their hands up.

Part of the requirement was to have space to keep people under observation for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving their vaccine.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia NSW branch president Chelsea Felkai said the State Government’s pharmacy focus was good news but the time frame was still up in the air.

“From the sounds of things and what has been indicated to me id that the 1250 pharmacies that have put in an expression of interest across NSW will be activated to roll out the COVID 19 vaccine,” Ms Felkai said.

“We are advocating for this to happen as quickly as possible.

“We would really like to see community pharmacies in extended areas to start rolling out this program.”

Ms Felkai expected the pharmacies would be brought on line in stages, starting with areas in lockdown and places experiencing low vaccination rates.

While the State Government said it was green lighting pharmacies across NSW to administer the vaccine, a spokesperson for Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it just needed approval from the Federal Government to happen.

A trial of 22 pharmacies administering the AstraZeneca vaccine in remote areas of NSW begins next week.

Subway South Nowra listed as a Coronavirus venue of concern

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NSW Health has listed Subway at 190 Princes Highway South Nowra as a COVID-19 venue of concern.

If you were at this venue at the following time

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, between 12 pm to 12:40 pm, then you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last 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.

You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Image: NSW Health 

 

 

 

 

Three new cases in the Shoalhaven

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There have been three new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - all from the 2450 postcode and all connected to known cases.

They are among 22 new cases reported in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.

That included one case in the Kiama Local Government area, nine in Shellharbour and nine in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,326 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.

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

Across the state there were 374 new COVID cases and one death linked to the virus with the 24-hour period.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District continues to urge people to get tested when they have even the mildest symptoms, and to come forward to be vaccinated at the region's vaccination clinics, medical practices and pharmacies.

Three Shoalhaven cases under investigation

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Health officials are investigating the origin of three new COVID-19 cases in the Shoalhaven, which were announced today.

The three cases, all from the 2541 postcode, were not linked to any existing cases.

They were among eight new cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District reported during the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

That included one case in the Kiama Local Government area, one in Shellharbour and three in Wollongong.

There have now been 2,369 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 21 COVID-19 patients being treated in the district's hospitals.

Updated list of South Coast exposure sites

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Here is the latest list of local COVID-19 exposure sites and times, provided by NSW Health.

If you were at any of these locations at the listed times you need to get tested and self isolate until you receive a negative result.

Bomaderry

Harry's Takeaway 5.15pm to 5.25pm on Sunday October 3

Bomaderry Do It Yourself True Value Hardware 1.15pm to 1.25pm on Thursday October 7

IGA Lyndhurst and Liquor 7.45am to 7.55am on Monday October 4, 7.50am to 7.55am on Friday October 8, and 12.25pm to 12.35pm on Saturday October 9 .

Nutrien Water 3.05pm to 3.30pm on Thursday October 7

Welcome Chinese Restaurant 5.20pm to 5.25pm and 5.35pm to 5.40pm on Wednesday October 6

Woolworths 9.30am to 9.45am on Thursday October 7 and 4:50pm to 5:15pm on Friday, October 8

Callala Bay

Callala Bay Cellarbrations 4.10pm to 4.15pm on Thursday October 7

Callala Cellars 4.10pm to 4.15pm on Thursday October 7

Kiama

Kiama Leagues Club 4:50pm to 5:35pm on Thursday October 14.

Nowra

Coles 3pm to 3.10pm on Thursday October 7, 10.50am to 11.20am on Friday October 8, 5pm to 6pm on Friday October 15

The Friendly Grocer East Nowra 2.30pm to 2.45pm on Tuesday October 12

Chesters Takeaway East Nowra  2:30pm to 3pm on Wednesday October 13

The Ginger Jar Bakehouse 7.30am to 2.10pm on Tuesday October 5

South Nowra

Bishops 1.45pm to 1.50pm on Thursday October 7

Good Price Pharmacy 1.55pm to 2.10pm on Thursday October 12

Worrigee

Foodworks 12.30pm to 12.45pm on Sunday October 10

 

Vaccination clinic at Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Homes

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NSW Health is holding a state-wide COVID-19 vaccination blitz this weekend to increase vaccination rates among Aboriginal people.

Nowra is among 18 vaccination sites set up across NSW where Aboriginal staff members will help provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people to get vaccinated.

Vaccinations will take place from 10am to 1pm Saturday at the Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council offices, which are the former Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Homes, in Beinda Street Bomaderry.

Walk-ins are available.

"It’s been very pleasing to see services working together to rollout vaccinations, especially during the challenges of the current outbreaks”, said Centre for Aboriginal Health executive director Geri Wilson-Matenga,  . 

“Working with our Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector is critical in enabling access to culturally safe vaccination options. These services have always provided the wholistic wrap around care that is so important at this time.” 

The NSW Government is supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to manage vaccinations for Aboriginal people, providing $4 million to support Aboriginal vaccination outreach.

“Aboriginal people aged 12 years and over can access a COVID-19 vaccine. You can talk to your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Health Workers or any vaccination hubs about getting your vaccination,” said Ms Wilson-Matenga.

“COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, and will protect your and your parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, sisters and brothers from the virus. If you are vaccinated you are less likely to catch COVID-19, and less likely to pass the virus on if you do. You are also less likely to get really unwell and need to go to hospital,” she added.

“We are striving to have the best vaccination rates in the world including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this state,” said NSW Health Deputy Secretary, Ms Susan Pearce, who encouraged Aboriginal people to come forward this weekend and take advantage of the additional clinics.

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