COVID cases in NSW rise by 309, regional infections lead to rise
“If you live in Moree and have not yet been vaccinated – whether it’s your first dose or your second dose – please now is the time,” Dr Gale said. “Getting the vaccine is especially important because we are seeing an increase in the number of cases. “
According to federal government data released Monday, vaccination rates in Moree Plains are slightly lower than the state average, with 86.6% of people aged 16 and over receiving a first dose and 76.4% fully vaccinated.
As of Wednesday, NSW was at 93.7% coverage for the first dose and 88.7% for the second dose.
Concerns have been raised about the low immunization coverage in some indigenous communities in the regional NSW.
Data from NSW Health’s regular monitoring report showed that between June 16 and October 23, only 3.8% of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders who had contracted COVID-19 were fully vaccinated, up from 6 , 8% of cases in the general population.
Cases were up slightly in other areas. There were 53 new cases in the South West Sydney Local Health District (up from 36 on Wednesday) and 36 in the Murrumbidgee area in the south of the state (down from 15 on Wednesday).
Four new deaths from COVID-19 have been reported, including a 38-year-old woman from West Sydney.
The woman died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW Health said in a statement. She was not vaccinated and had underlying health issues.
The deaths of three men, aged 70 to 80, from southwest Sydney and Shellharbour, have also been reported.
One was an 80-year-old man who resided at the Earlwood Greek Orthodox Community Home for the Elderly, where he contracted the virus. He had received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health issues.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations continued to decline in New South Wales. As of Thursday, there were 302 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, with 64 people in intensive care, 31 of whom require ventilation.
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