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The trend of falling COVID-19 numbers continued over the weekend with 348 new cases reported for Friday, 298 new cases for Saturday and 246 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District in the 24 hour period to 4pm yesterday, Sunday February 13.

Northern NSW Local Health District reported the death of one person aged in their 70s from COVID-19 from the Tweed area on Friday and one person aged in their 80s also from the Tweed area on Saturday.

Yesterday’s cases included people from Ballina 37, Byron 28, Clarence Valley 53, Kyogle 4, Lismore 27, Richmond Valley 22 and Tweed 75.

There are currently 43 COVID-19 positive patients in hospitals in Northern NSW, with three of these in ICU.

Dr Kerry Chant’s weekly update

Owing to the broadcast of the memorial service for Andrew Peacock and the attendance of many Liberal party folk at that event, the stats for Friday came out very late.

When Dr Kerry Chant eventually spoke to the media, she said that there were at the time 1,716 people in NSW hospitals, including 180 in ICU, and 48 of those were on ventilation.

For the week to Thursday, February 11, NSW Health recorded 141 deaths, 52 women and 89 men. ‘Five were in the age group 40 to 49, three were in the age group 50 to 59, 16 were in the age group 60 to 69, 34 were in the age group 70 to 79, 47 were in the age group 82 to 89, 35 were in the age group 90 to 99, and there was one person over 100 years of age,’ she said.

Dr Chant said that of the 141 deaths 32 were not vaccinated, two had one dose, 75 had two doses, and 32 had three doses.

‘Fifty-three of the deaths occurred in residents of aged care facilities – 11 were not vaccinated, one had received one dose, 23 had received two doses and 18 had received three doses. There were 10 deaths in those under 65 years of age, five in their 40s, three in their 50s and two in their early 60s.

‘We’ve been classifying and categorising information for medical records to better inform the public in the community about the risk factors associated with those deaths.

Dr Chant said she wanted to clarify that people might have multiple of these comorbidities – underlying health conditions.

‘Two of the people had diabetes, one had cardiac disease, four had chronic pulmonary disease, chronic lung disease (non-asthma), three had asthma, two had significant immunocompromised, two had significant renal disease, two had cancers, two had obstructive sleep apnea, and one had a chronic neurological condition.

‘Four were unvaccinated, our had two doses of vaccine and two had three doses of vaccine and two with the three doses had significant pre-existing comorbidities.’

Dr Chant said she wanted to re-emphasise that COVID is a serious disease across all age groups. ‘Continue to get tested and get linked to care. Beware of the signs your condition is worsening. We’ve got some really practical information on a fact sheet called Testing Positive for COVID Fact Sheet, So please Google that if you’ve got COVID. You should be sent when you get that notification, but I would urge everyone to get tested.

‘There are treatments available and it’s really important that people are linked to care. Notwithstanding as a public health person, I also enjoy seeing the data and the age distribution – but it’s really important that people get linked to care to get access to the antivirals and other therapies, and so they know where to escalate their concerns if their condition deteriorates.’

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


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Most people over 50 have “underlying condition”. “Co morbidities”. All these people died of Covid. Sure we’re all gong to die anyway…but it seems as if anyone over 60 is expendable. good to know that #Domicron and #Scottythefuckwit really don’t care if we die. #scottyfromeugenics

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