Shoalhaven News

RAT results muddy the water of local COVID figures


The Shoalhaven has recorded 110 new COVID infections, with a further 79 in Kiama, as health officials continue working on how to allocated positive rapid antigen tests.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded 1289 new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday, but that was just from PCR tests.

Most positive cases across the state were detected by rapid tests.

There are now 103 COVID patients in the district's hospitals.

A vaccinated woman in her 70s from the Wollongong area was among 29 COVID patients to die during the 24 hours.

The remainder were 15 men and 13 women - three aged in their 40s, five people in their 60s, four in their 70s, 11 in their 80s and five in their 90s.

Of the 29 people who died 19 were vaccinated against COVID-19 and 10 were not vaccinated.

Ten people were from south-western Sydney, five were from northern Sydney, five were from south eastern Sydney, three were from western Sydney, two were from Sydney’s Inner West, two were from the Tweed Heads area, one was from Wollongong and one was from the Lake Macquarie area.

The state's 63,018 new COVID cases for the 24 hours included 25,080 detected through positive PCR tests, and 37,938 positive RAT results.

There are currently 2,525 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 184 people in intensive care, 59 of whom require ventilation.

During the 24 hours 2.5 per cent of all children in the state aged five to 11 had a vaccine dose, taking the number to 6.5 per cent of the eligible population.


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