COVID-19 Update – NSW hospital cases drop to lowest in six weeks – Thursday, 17 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 94.2 per cent have received two doses to Tuesday 15 February 2022.

• Of children aged 12 to 15, 83.5 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 78.9 per cent have received two doses
• Of children aged 5 to 11, 46 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Of people aged 16 plus, 49.7 per cent have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 53.9 per cent of the eligible population that received their second dose more than three months ago.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 16,529,534, with 4,877,733 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 11,651,801 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Tuesday 15 February 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.

Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 14 people with COVID-19; 10 men and four women.

Two people were in their 60s, four people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and three 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.

Three people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, six people had received two doses, one person had received one dose, and four people were not vaccinated.

Five people were from south western Sydney, three people were from Sydney’s Inner West, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from south eastern Sydney, one person was from the Central Coast, one person was from the Shellharbour area, one person was from the Wollongong area and one person was from the Albury area.

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 1,786.

There are currently 1,447 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 92 people in intensive care, 47 of whom require ventilation.

There were 9,995 positive test results (cases) notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 5,747 positive rapid antigen tests (RATS) and 4,248 positive PCR tests. The 4,248 positive PCR results were returned from 44,316 PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 339,815 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.

Following further investigation, 50 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 698 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have 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 892,366.

LHDPositive PCR testsPositive RATsTotal cases
Hunter New England6519041,555
Western Sydney6386021,240
South Western Sydney4976271,124
Northern Sydney4805621,042
South Eastern Sydney464498962
Illawarra Shoalhaven279328607
Central Coast204337541
Nepean Blue Mountains229294523
Western NSW167253420
Northern NSW65306371
Southern NSW99153252
Mid North Coast31207238
Correctional settings46046
Far West132841
Cases confirmed by PCR test and registered as RAT positive in the 24 hours to 4pm 16 February 2022, by Local Health District

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.