COVID-19 Update – PCR result and testing wait times minimal, 1,473 new cases in western Sydney – Thursday, 3 February 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 Tuesday 1 February 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, 41 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 15,874,559, with 4,806,659 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 11,067,900 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

Wait times for PCR COVID-19 testing in our district are currently minimal with results within 12 – 24 hours.

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 38 people with COVID-19; 22 men and 16 women.

Of the 38 people who died, two people were in their 50s, four people were in their 60s, nine people were in their 70s, 13 people were in their 80s, and 10 people 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.

Four people who died had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 24 people had received two doses, one person had received one dose and nine people were not vaccinated.

Of the four people who died aged under 65, three were men and one was a woman and all had underlying health conditions. One person had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, two people had received two doses and one person was not vaccinated.

Nine people were from south-western Sydney, eight were from Sydney’s eastern suburbs, four were from Sydney’s southern suburbs, three were from western Sydney, three were from the northern NSW, two were from the Coffs Harbour area, two were from northern Sydney, one was from Sydney’s inner west, one was from the Riverina region, one was from NSW’s central west, one was from the Southern Highlands, one was from the Snowy Mountains, one was from Albury and one was from the Newcastle 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 1,489.

There are currently 2,578 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 160 people in intensive care, 68 of whom require ventilation.

There were 12,632 positive test results (cases) notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 7,147 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 5,485 positive PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 270,874 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022. The 5,485 positive PCR results were returned from 38,848 PCR tests. Following further investigation, 66 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 710 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 839,412.

Of the 12,632 positive test results, 1,473 are from Western Sydney LHD (777 PCR and 696 RATs), 1,737 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD) (831 PCR and 906 RATs), 1,636 are from Hunter New England LHD (669 PCR and 967 RATs), 1,288 from South Eastern Sydney LHD (583 PCR and 705 RATs), 1,214 are from Northern Sydney LHD (457 PCR and 757 RATs), 894 are from Sydney LHD (431 PCR and 463 RATs), 665 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD (310 PCR and 355 RATs), 637 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD (297 PCR and 340 RATs), 606 are from Northern NSW LHD (233 PCR and 373 RATs), 586 are from Central Coast LHD (220 PCR and 366 RATs), 522 are from Murrumbidgee LHD (155 PCR and 367 RATs), 470 are from Western NSW LHD (207 PCR and 263 RATs), 458 are from Mid North Coast LHD (53 PCR and 405 RATs), 244 are from Southern NSW LHD (98 PCR and 146 RATs), 36 are from Far West LHD (22 PCR and 14 RATs), 63 are in correctional settings, and 103 are yet to be assigned to an LHD (79 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.