Saturday, 1 January 2022

COVID-19 Pandemic as the country enters 2022



To recap the bad news we are all living as we enter 2022, with no end in sight....

 

# As at 8pm on Wednesday, 1 December 2021 NSW Health recorded 271 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales.


These were spread across all 15 local health districts:


Of the 271 cases reported to 8pm last night, 68 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 57 are from Western Sydney LHD, 49 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 29 are from Sydney LHD, 18 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 12 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 10 are from Hunter New England LHD, nine are from Western NSW LHD, five are from Murrumbidgee LHD, three are from Mid North Coast LHD, three are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, three are from Southern NSW LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD, two are from Northern NSW LHD, and one is yet to be assigned to an LHD.


Currently there were 144 COVID-19 cases being treated in hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.


Additionally est. 2,112 people ill with COVID-19 were being cared for outside of a hospital setting and a day earlier on 30 November the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state was recorded as 2,633 persons.


At that point in time only 6 cases of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant infection had been identified in the state.


# By 8pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 NSW Health recorded 1,742 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 of which 122 were identified as COVID-19 caused by the Omicron Variant.


Currently there were 192 COVID-19 cases being treated in hospital, with 26 people in intensive care, 8 of whom require ventilation.


At the beginning of that week there were an additional 3,342 people ill with COVID-19 recorded as being cared for outside a hospital setting and est. 5,179 active COVID-19 cases across the state.


On 15 December, COVID-19 cases were spread across all 15 local health districts:


Of the 1,742 cases reported to 8pm last night, 633 are from Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD), 231 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 188 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 166 are from Western Sydney LHD, 159 are from Sydney LHD, 111 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 81 are from Northern NSW LHD, 43 are from Central Coast LHD, 38 are from Western NSW LHD, 28 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 23 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 14 are from Mid North Coast LHD, five are from Murrumbidgee LHD, four are from Far West LHD, three are from Southern NSW LHD, and 15 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.


# At 8pm on Wednesday, 29 December 2021 NSW Health recorded 12,226 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 of which it was estimated that 80% were likely caused by COVID-19 with the Omicron Variant.


Currently there were 746 COVID-19 cases being treated in hospital, with 63 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation. On 29 December the Australian Dept. of Health reported est. 70,928 active COVID-19 cases across New South Wales.


On 29 December COVID-19 cases were spread across all 15 local health districts:


Of the 12,226 cases reported to 8pm last night, 2,229 are from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 2,085 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 2,042 are from Western Sydney LHD, 1,767 are from Sydney LHD, 1,310 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 708 are from Hunter New England LHD, 612 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 291 are from Central Coast LHD, 247 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 244 are from Northern NSW LHD, 120 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 107 are from Southern NSW LHD, 73 are from Western NSW LHD, 72 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, eight are from Far West LHD, three are in correctional settings, and 308 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.


# The next day, Thursday 30 December 2021 NSW Health recorded 21,151 new confirmed COVID-19 cases including 6 deaths.


Currently there were 832 COVID-19 cases being treated in hospital, with 69 people in intensive care, 19 of whom require ventilation. There were est. 89,418 active COVID-19 cases across the state.


On 30 December COVID-19 cases were spread across all 15 local health districts:


Of the 21,151 cases reported to 8pm last night, 4,647 are from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 3,439 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 2,919 are from Western Sydney LHD, 2,278 are from Sydney LHD, 2,194 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 1,983 are from Hunter New England LHD, 821 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 632 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 597 are from Central Coast LHD, 260 are from Northern NSW LHD, 244 are from Western NSW LHD, 159 are from Southern NSW LHD, 131 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 121 are from Mid North Coast LHD, six are from Far West LHD, and 720 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.


Between 8pm on Wednesday and 8pm Thursday the number of new COVID-19 infections recorded came close to officially doubling, 


Given the under reporting of COVID-19 cases due to reduced access to testing facilities between Christmas and New Year; quickly followed by facilities not being able to process the high numbers of people presenting; followed in turn by the NSW Perrottet Government in conjunction with the Morrison Government actively seeking to deter people from seeking testing - including limiting eligibility for CPR testing as well as rationing distribution of rapid antigen test kits and threatening to charge around $200 for 'unnecessary' test requests; it is possible the true number of daily cases in NSW at 8pm on 30 December 2021 was in the vicinity of 25,381 infected men women and children.


It would not be surprising to hear that sometime next week New South Wales reported a daily case total of over 40,000.


A total of 35 people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis died in NSW between 1 to 30 December 2021 bringing the state death toll since the start of the pandemic to est. 665 men, women & children. 


UPDATE 


# At 8pm on Friday, 31 December 2021 NSW Health recorded 22,577 new confirmed COVID-19 cases including 4 deaths.


Currently 901 people ill with COVID-19 are being treated in hospital, with 79 in intensive care. 


As there is a 24 hour lag in daily data publication and today is New Year's Day 2022 there is only this graphic published by NSW Health.




At 8pm Friday, 31 December, 306 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed across all 7 of the local government areas in the Northern NSW Local Health District:

  • Byron Shire – 152 cases
  • Tweed Shire – 63 cases
  • Ballina Shire – 50 cases
  • Lismore Shire – 24 cases
  • Clarence Valley – 9 cases
  • Richmond Valley – 5 cases
  • Kyogle Shire – 3 cases.

TOTAL 306


Currently in Northern NSW there are 18 people being treated in hospital, with 3 in intensive care.