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Measles scare NOT in the Shoalhaven

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Assurances this morning a current measles scare in other parts of the country does not effect the Shoalhaven. 

The 84th case for the year was confirmed late on Monday.. and the nation recorded 103 cases in 2018 and only 81 for 2017.

However there's no locally acquired cases and CURTIS GREGORY the Director of Public Health for Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District says it's up to us to ensure it stays that way. "So it's up to everyone to get what we call that 'herd immunity' up - and that's to get enough people in the community to get vaccinated to make sure that it's not spread. The target's 95%. Down here in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven we're actually doing pretty well. For five-year-old kids we're actually looking at 96.6% coverage and that should provide some pretty good protection."

Photo source: https://pixnio.com/science/medical-science/infant-being-held-by-his-mother-while-receiving-an-intramuscular-vaccination-in-his-left-thigh-muscle

Staff member tests positive to covid

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A staff member who works at the Ministerial Office of Hume MP and Energy Minister Angus Taylor has tested positive to COVID19.

The staff member is apparently upbeat about spending Christmas Day in isolation.

Mr. Taylor and members of his Canberra ministerial office have also been tested.

The Hume MP has returned a negative result.

Image: Office of Angus Taylor

Two weeks without a new case in Shoalhaven

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The Shoalhaven has been two weeks with a new COVID case as NSW celebrates a day without a COVID-related death.

In the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday there were just two new cases in the  Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - one in the Wollongong Local Government Area and Shellharbour's first new case for 12 days.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals also fell to five.

Across the state there were 276 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,492.

There are currently 191 COVID-19 cases admitted to NSW hospitals, with 31 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

Health officials continue urging people to get tested if they have any flu-like symptoms, and to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour, Eurobodalla and most neighbouring areas have already passed the 95 per cent fully vaccinated benchmark for people aged 16 and over.

However Wollongong's vaccination rates continue to lag behind.

The number of younger people fully vaccinated is also rising.

Across the state, 81.1 per cent of the people aged 12 to 15 have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.