COVID-19 Update – 1,472 new cases in western Sydney, 40% of children vaccinated – Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Today (Wednesday 2 February), NSW Health is reporting COVID-19 information for a 20-hour period from 8pm on 31 January to 4pm 1 February, instead of the usual 24-hour cycle.

This is due to a change in our daily reporting cut-off from 8pm to 4pm, which was implemented yesterday. From tomorrow (Thursday 3 February), we will once again be reporting a full 24-hour cycle, from 4pm to 4pm.

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 Monday 31 January 2022.

Of people aged 12 to 15, 83.3 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, 40.3 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 15,799,285 with 4,799,694 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 10,999,591 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Monday 31 January 2022.

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; 15 men and 12 women.

Of the 27 people who died; one was in their 50s, three were in their 60s, three were in their 70s, 11 were in their 80s, eight were in their 90s, and one was aged 100. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.

Four people who died had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 14 people had received two doses and nine people were not vaccinated.

One person who died was aged under 65. A woman in her 50s was not vaccinated and had significant underlying health conditions.

Twelve people were from south western Sydney, three were from western Sydney, two were from southern Sydney, two were from Sydney’s Inner West, one was from northern Sydney, one was from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, one was from the Riverina region, one was from the Port Macquarie area, one was from the South Coast region, one was from the Tamworth area, one was from Singleton, and one was from Newcastle.

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 1,451.

There are currently 2,622 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 170 people in intensive care, 72 of whom require ventilation.

There were 11,807 positive test results (cases) notified to 4pm yesterday – including 6,314 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 5,493 positive PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 264,463 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022. The 5,493 positive PCR results were returned from 42,178 PCR tests. Following further investigation, 80 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 729 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 833,283.

Of the 11,807 positive test results, 1,636 are from 1,472 are from Western Sydney LHD (766 PCR and 706 RATs), Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD) (791 PCR and 845 RATs), 1,501 are from South Western Sydney LHD (763 PCR and 738 RATs), 1,188 from South Eastern Sydney LHD (557 PCR and 631 RATs), 1,103 from Northern Sydney LHD (430 PCR and 673 RATs), 734 are from Sydney LHD (367 PCR and 367 RATs), 641 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD (319 PCR and 322 RATs), 648 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (316 PCR and 332 RATs), 618 are from Central Coast LHD (311 PCR and 307 RATs), 471 are from Western NSW LHD (216 PCR and 255 RATs), 523 are from Northern NSW LHD (211 PCR and 312 RATs), 466 are from Murrumbidgee LHD (149 PCR and 317 RATs), 242 are from Southern NSW LHD (109 PCR and 133 RATs), 383 are from Mid North Coast LHD (48 PCR and 335 RATs), 30 are from Far West LHD (13 PCR and 17 RATs), 11 are in correctional settings, and 140 are yet to be assigned to an LHD (116 PCR and 24 RATs).

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.