COVID UPDATE - 12.30pm, FRIDAY APRIL 22
Just a reminder that the 'close contact' rules change from 6pm today. From that time, household or close contacts of someone with Covid-19 will NOT have to isolate at home for seven days. However, they must have a rapid test (RAT) each day if coming into contact with other people or work colleagues. Additionally, they will not be able to visit aged care homes, hospitals, disability and correctional centres unless a special exemption applies. They must also wear a mask in indoor settings outside the home.
New cases in Hunter-New England Health district in past 24 hours: 2105 (Down 312 on previous day's figure and still the highest of any health district in NSW. 818 PCR + 1287 RAT).
Covid patients currently in Hunter Health district hospitals: 98 (Up 7 since yesterday)
Covid patients in Hunter ICU: 2 (Down 1 since yesterday)
Lives lost in the Hunter Health district over the past 24 hours: 1 (a man in his 70s from Lake Macquarie LGA. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends).
Cases in Lake Macquarie over the past four weeks: 5873 (Up 8 on the previous day).
New cases statewide in past 24 hours: 15,283 (Down 2164 on previous day, 6843 PCR + 8440 RAT)
Covid patients currently in NSW hospitals: 1632 (Down 9 since yesterday)
Covid patients in NSW ICU: 63 (Down 6 on previous day, 18 requiring ventilation)
Lives lost in NSW over the past 24 hours: 13 (Down 3 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
- 61.9% 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
- 79.5% 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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