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May 18, 2022

Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

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Dr Kerry Chant announced the weekly COVID-19 stats.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference from the Wynyard Park bus interchange.

Dr Chant began by announcing the daily stats. ‘There are currently 2,737 people in hospital including 199 people in ICU, of whom 78 are ventilated. There were 13,333 positive tests returned in the 24 hours, including 7,077 positive rapid antigen tests and 6,256 Positive PCR tests. Those positive PCR tests were returned from 37,463 PCR tests.

‘I’m announcing that there are 35 people who sadly died of COVID in the last 24 hours – 20 men and 15 women. Of the 35 people who died one person was in their 40s, two people were in their 60s, six people were in their 70s, 11 were in the 80s, 14 people were in the 90s and one person was more than 100 years old.

Two-hundred and ten deaths in the last week

Dr Chant gave a summary of the deaths for the last week. ‘Of the 210 deaths in the last week – 192 were in people over the age of 65 years, 43 of those died in aged care facilities, 147 died at hospital and two died at home. Of those who died at home, there was a gentleman in his 60s and a gentleman in his 80s. One was not vaccinated and one had received two doses of the vaccine.

‘In terms of the 18 deaths that were reported in those under 65 years of age, one person was in their 30s, two people were in their 40s, 10 in their 50s and five in their early 60s.

Eight of those 18 individuals were not vaccinated. And the one person who died that did not have significant comorbidities was in that unvaccinated group. So eight were not vaccinated one had one dose eight had two doses, and only one had received three doses. So again, it stresses the importance of the booster dose for protecting you, but also protecting those around you.

Dominic Perrottet thanks health staff

With still no mention of the Greens’ proposed NurseKeeper payments, the Premier gave his usual daily heartfelt but non-bonus based gratitude to New South Wales health staff.

‘Everyone involved in our frontline health system is doing an amazing job after what has been a challenging two years – to continue to move through this phase and on behalf of everyone in our state, can I thank you all for the work and the support that you’re providing people in our health system throughout our state.

Mr Perrottet spoke about how the system is tracking in relation to hospitalizations and ICUs across the state. ‘It’s pleasing to say that we are tracking within capacity and in a positive trend as well. That obviously does not mean that our health system is not under pressure, like all health systems around the country and around the world, but there are some pleasing signs that continue to come through other modelling – particularly when you look at the best-case scenario that we put out a few weeks ago.

In addition to that, what is also providing greater support for the health system at this time – you might recall a few weeks ago, we had around 6,000 furloughed health workers across our state – that was putting a strain on the system – today, that figure is around 3,700, so we’re having many frontline health workers being able to return to to our health system to continue to provide that care and support for people who need it across our state.’

Northern NSW Local Health District

The Northern NSW Local Health District have reported that to 8pm yesterday, January 28, there were 574 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District, including 230 positive PCR tests and 344 positive rapid antigen tests***

Sadly, today Northern NSW are reporting the death of two people from COVID-19.  One person was from the Tweed Shire and in their 90s. One person was from the Ballina Shire in their 70s.

We express our sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There are 38 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with 7 of these in ICU.

Local tests

Please note RATs are now included in the LGA breakdown.

Confirmed total cases by LGA (PCR and RATs)

  • Ballina 67
  • Byron 56
  • Clarence Valley 84
  • Kyogle 13
  • Lismore 74
  • Richmond Valley 36
  • Tweed Heads 244

*** Please note these RAT results may be from within the previous seven days, and there may be some cases included in these numbers where people have reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or where people have also had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.

For the most up-to-date COVID information visit nsw.gov.au.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: May 9

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COVID-19 update: May 6

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: Thursday April 28

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COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 27

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Premier Domicron has blood on his hands. We were warned with a taster of his attitude to the well being of others after revelations of the icare affair. People are expendable, collateral damage in the game of Dollars and Cents that Premier Domicron loves to play.

      • I’m wondering how long it will be before a class action by surviving loved ones of the Covid dead against Domicron is begun. Premier “Let it RIP” Domicron, recklessly abandoned safety precautions and exposed vulnerable citizens to the killer Covid. The ensuing ‘victim blame’ game being played that of the Covid dead with ‘co–morbidities’ is monsterous. Time these Covid Criminals were held to account.

        • Just after the class action suit from the Vax survivors.
          Seasonal flu has a higher death rate than your Omicron. Go do some research.

          • Leaving out the very low rates of the last two years, from 2016 – 2019 (inclusive) the average yearly death rate for influenza has been around 600.

            There have been around 1,500 deaths from Covid 19 in the first 30 days. We are yet to experience what the colder months will bring.

            Why do you just repeat stuff without checking it out and what exactly is your point?

          • It seems you have already done some research but you failed to provide any data to support your assertion. “Vax survivors”, what is that? Just another throw away assertion. The Covid, scores of people dying everyday, but the best Premier Domicron can offer is to stay the course of “Let it Rip” and extending his soothing thoughts and prayers line to the loved ones of the Covid dead. A Pandemic is a Health Emergency that demands an Emergency response if public health and safety is genuinely the paramount consideration. Clearly, “Let it Rip”, has been a disaster for public health and safety and ironically also a disaster for Premier Domicron’s economy.

    • Really Chris after all this time and with” go do some research” . What , Kelly, Palmer, Rogan and Kennedy- such reliable sources? How about do some time in emergency or icu rather than talk through your arse.

  2. Chris;
    if you’re going to quote something do it right

    “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”
    Interesting you picked that quote……..
    Eg “vax survivors”.

    Chris seems to be someone who’s goal is to spread misinformation.
    I may be wrong.
    Most readers will see through that subterfuge.

    Guess how many people 0-17 yo died from Flu in the USA in 2021, Chris?
    ONE
    Yep, the result was released by the CDC in early January.
    AUstralia had similar low numbers last year.

    In 2021 1090 children sadly died in the USA from COVID 19.

    (In a normal season the av rate of flu deaths is 128/ annum children dying in USA)

    The Covid death rate for 2021 is EIGHT times the rate of flu deaths in children in an average year.
    do the maths
    STOP SAYING, this is “like the flu”
    IT is not like the flu; saying that = misinformation = LIE
    Saying that is trivialising the suffering of thousands, if not millions.
    Do a search for @CleavonMD.
    He is a peadeatric specialist in the USA.
    He comes into daily contact with children dying rom COVID 19.
    It is very tough reading but should be compulsory for antivaxxrs.
    He is also involved with LONG COVID in kids and the insidious MIPS or PIMS.
    An over reacxtion of kid’s immune systems that causes their organs to stop working
    properly..
    One in five thousand children may get this aftrer Covid.
    Can’t remember hearing anything about LONG INFLUENZA or PIMS due to getting the FLU.

    On the topic of Vaccine damage.
    There has been NO peer reviewed study showing that there is major damage to us
    by Covid 19 vaccines..
    There has been plenty of You tube and FB posts saying it though.
    ALl fake claims and OPINION not fact.
    Please give us PROOF of adverse reactions to Vaccines. i will be waiting a long time – there is none.

    However there is information released by the CDC and others which shows that some people do have an adverse reaction.
    Most are focusing on children.
    Out of 8 700 000 doses of Pfizer vaccine given to 5- 11 yo kids in USA from November 1st to Dec 30th 2021, there were;
    100 verified “adverse reactions”.
    12 cases of Myocarditis ( 9 fully resolved less than 3 days)
    2 possible deaths from Myocarditis.( CDC accpeted these as they occured around the time of vaccination)
    ALL of the other adverse reactions resolved within 7 days and included Temperatures, vomiting, sore arm,aches, feeling unwell.

    So , not sure how all these “class actions from the vax survivors”, are going to proceed.

    C maybe you need to ; “Go do some research”, and get an education;
    but this time keep away from FB,IG , Youtube fakers as your source for information.

    Sources/people like CDC, WHO , ourworldindata, ericTopol, NormanSwan, @pauloffit, @PeterHotez, and our own NOBEL PRIZE Winner
    Peter Doherty are pretty reliable.
    Good luck on that one.

  3. If you are looking for peer reviewed studies on adverse reactions to the jab, I suggest you may have to wait until the Federal TGA firstly vet the 744 reported deaths and 101,592 adverse reactions after receiving the jab, that have been voluntary reported to the TGA – Database of Adverse Event Notifications.

    I would also like to see a peer reviewed study on the long term safety of the jabs as well, but unfortunately, we won’t see any for a very long time. Pfizer trials end this time next year (Jan 31,2023) and their final report on heart issues as a result of the jab, is not due until May 2027.

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