I hope everyone’s having a nice Easter break. If you're working this weekend, thank you! Thanks to our nurses, our doctors and health staff, our aged care staff, our police and ambos and other emergency services, and of course our retail and hospitality workers. I hope the Easter Bunny was kind to you too!
COVID UPDATE - 11.30pm, SUNDAY APRIL 17 (Please keep in mind that some of today's figures are a little skewed because of the public holidays)
New cases in Hunter-New England Health district in past 24 hours: 1329 (Down 719 on previous day's figure but still the highest of any health district in NSW, 248 PCR + 1081 RAT).
Covid patients currently in Hunter Health district hospitals: 71 (Up 7 since yesterday)
Covid patients in Hunter ICU: 3 (Up 1 since yesterday)
Lives lost in the Hunter Health district over the past 24 hours: 2 (a man in his 90s from Uralla LGA and a man in his 70s from Great Lakes LGA. My sincere condolences go out to their families and friends).
Cases in Lake Macquarie over the past four weeks: 6168 (Down 62 on the previous day).
New cases statewide in past 24 hours: 9725 (Down 3876 on previous day, 3386 PCR + 6339 RAT)
Covid patients currently in NSW hospitals: 1527 (Up 36 since yesterday)
Covid patients in NSW ICU: 64 (Down 8 on previous day, 18 requiring ventilation)
Lives lost in NSW over the past 24 hours: 6 (Down 12 on previous day)
STATEWIDE VACCINATION RATES
- 96.1% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 94.7% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 61.8% of people have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 83.3% of people aged 12-15 have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 79.6% of people aged 12-15 have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 49.9% of people aged 5-11 have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
More information on all the requirements and protocols relating to schools, outbreaks and isolation rules for parents and carers of school-aged children HERE
More information on new case numbers by LGA can be found HERE
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