Shoalhaven News

Local COVID cases at record levels

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The Omicron variant has taken local COVID case numbers to unprecedented levels.

In the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday there were 170 new COVID cases detected in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District including 13 from the Shoalhaven.

Four of the Shoalhaven's cases were in the 2541 area, four in 2540, and five in the 2539 postcode.

There were also 10 cases in Kiama, 19 in Shellharbour and 128 in the Wollongong local government area.

They bring the number of COVID-19 cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported, to 3,316.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals has remained steady at 11.

NSW recorded 5,612 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 117,885.

The number of COVID patients being treated in the state's hospitals has grown by 35 to 382, with 53 patients in intensive care - up by eight on the previous day.

The number requiring ventilation is steady at 12.

NSW Health advises that masks are now compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices, unless eating or drinking.

And from Monday, December 27, QR code check ins will be compulsory.

Hospitality venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will move to one person per two square metre rules indoors.

There will be no density limits for outdoor settings.

All settings will remain in place until Thursday,  January 27.

NSW Health reminds the public if they receive a notification from a QR code check in, they only need to get a PCR test if they feel unwell or are directed by NSW Health to do so.

If you do not have symptoms, consider using a rapid antigen test before going out.

Get tested and stay home if you have the mildest of symptoms.

Do not visit family, friends or go to social events if you are unwell. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid Shoalhaven, Covid South Coast