COVID-19 Update – 1,037 cases in western Sydney – Friday, 18 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 Wednesday 16 February 2022.

• Of children aged 12 to 15, 83.6 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, 46.1 per cent have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Of people aged 16 plus, 50.3 per cent have now received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This represents 54.4 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 16,567,845 with 4,881,245 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 11,686,600 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 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.

Case Update

Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the deaths of 15 people with COVID-19; eight women and seven men.

One person was in their 50s, 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.

Two people had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, eight people had received two doses and five people were not vaccinated.

One of these people was aged under 65. They were unvaccinated and had significant underlying health conditions.

Four people were from the Port Macquarie area, three people were from south western Sydney, two people were from the Central Coast, two people were from Sydney’s Inner West, one person was from north west Sydney, one person was from Inner Sydney, one person was from northern NSW and one person was from the South Coast.

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 1,801.

There are currently 1,381 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 92 people in intensive care, 47 of whom require ventilation.

There were 9,243 positive test results (cases) notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 5,376 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 3,867 positive PCR tests. The 3,867 positive PCR results were returned from 35,500 PCR tests.

There has now been a total of 344,762 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.

Following further investigation, 17 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 412 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 896,628.

LHDPositive PCR testsPositive RATsTotal cases
Hunter New England4888951,383
Western Sydney4356021,037
South Western Sydney361567928
South Eastern Sydney348530878
Northern Sydney357478835
Central Coast171326497
Illawarra Shoalhaven210273483
Nepean Blue Mountains149276425
Western NSW107247354
Northern NSW72228300
Southern NSW102129231
Mid North Coast19206225
Far West52934
Correctional settings505
Hotel Quarantine101
Cases confirmed by PCR test and registered as RAT positive in the 24 hours to 4pm 17 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.