COVID-19 Update – 1,588 new cases in western Sydney, NSW records 250,000 positive RATs in three weeks – Monday, 31 January 2022

Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94 per cent have received two doses to Saturday 29 January 2022.

Of people aged 12 to 15, 83.2 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.5 per cent have received two doses. Of people aged 5 to 11, 38.7 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 15,706,550 with 4,784,022 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 10,922,528 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Saturday 29 January 2022.

NSW vaccination clinics including Western Sydney Local Health District’s Granville Centre Vaccination Clinic and Blacktown Hospital Vaccination Clinic are offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations three months after people have received their second dose. 30,000 additional vaccines are available at our clinics.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccination or their booster dose to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Case update

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 27 people with COVID-19; 17 men and 10 women.

Of the 27 people who died; five were in their 60s, six were in their 70s, 10 were in their 80s and six were in their 90s. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.

Eight people who died had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 16 people had received two doses and three people were not vaccinated.

Of the four people who died who were aged under 65, three were men and one was a woman. Three people had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and one person was unvaccinated. All four people had significant underlying health conditions.

Six of the 27 people were from southern Sydney, six people were from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people were from Sydney’s Inner West, two people were from the Central Coast, two people were from Wollongong, two people were from Maitland, two people were from the Riverina region, one person was from the Northern Beaches, one person was from the Northern Rivers region and one person was from the Tweed Heads region.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,394.

There are currently 2,779 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 185 people in intensive care, 67 of whom require ventilation.

There were 13,026 positive test results (cases) notified to 8pm last night – including 5,664  positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 7,362 positive PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 251,530 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022. The 7,362 positive PCR results were returned from 37,266 PCR tests. Following further investigation, 125 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 548 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have now been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 821,946.

Of the 13,026  positive test results, 3,049 from Northern Sydney Local Health District (LHD) (2,426 PCR* and 623 RATs), 1,588 are from Western Sydney LHD (1,051 PCR and 537 RATs), 1,441 are from South Western Sydney Local LHD (750 PCR and 691 RATs), 1,199 from South Eastern Sydney LHD (587 PCR and 612 RATs), 879 are from Sydney LHD (483 PCR and 396 RATs), 1,193 are from Hunter New England LHD (465 PCR and 728 RATs), 519 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (278 PCR and 241 RATs), 580 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven (275 PCR and 305 RATs), 462 are from Western NSW LHD (220 PCR and 242 RATs), 464 are from Murrumbidgee LHD (213 PCR and 251 RATs), 446 are from the Central Coast (181 PCR and 265 RATs), 474 are from Northern NSW LHD (152 PCR and 322 RATs), 201 are from Southern NSW LHD (81 PCR and 120 RATs), 353 are from Mid North Coast LHD (64 PCR and 289 RATs), 19 are from Far West LHD (8 PCR and 11 RATs), six are in correctional settings, two are in hotel quarantine and 120 are yet to be assigned to an LHD (120 PCR and 31 RATs).

*Almost 2,000 positive PCR tests from 25 December to 6 January in Northern Sydney LHD were uploaded yesterday and are included in today’s results. Investigations into this issue are underway and NSW Health anticipates there will be further historic uploads from the Northern Sydney LHD in coming days.

There are COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.