Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

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A resident of Shoalhaven tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, breaking the region’s two-week run with no new local cases. There were no new cases recorded for 24 hours until 8pm last night, but the community has been reminded by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) to remain vigilant for symptoms. One new COVID case was registered in Shoalhaven in Sunday’s update. ISLHD confirmed that it is located in the postal code 2540 with investigations of the source of infection underway. The number of cases remains low and stable throughout the district, with two residents of Wollongong local government testing positive for the virus overnight. There have been 2,534 cases of COVID-19 in ISLHD since June. Read more: Meanwhile, NSW has registered 150 new COVID cases and no COVID-related deaths in Monday’s update. The state’s population aged 16 and over is now 92.4 percent fully vaccinated, while 94.5 percent have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Those between the ages of 12 and 15 are 76.5 percent fully vaccinated, while 81.3 percent have received their first dose. Genomic testing has confirmed that two overseas travelers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa have been infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant. Both passengers were symptom-free when they arrived on Saturday night and are in isolation in the Special Health Home. Both are fully vaccinated. More about COVID: ISLHD has informed the community about new rules for returning travelers regarding the Omicron B.1.1.529 variant, which the authorities have described as a “variant of concern”. All travelers arriving in NSW who have been to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and the Seychelles during the 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW must be in hotel quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status. All travelers who have been to another overseas country within 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their residence or accommodation and isolate themselves for 72 hours awaiting further health advice. ISLHD urges society to continue to stand up for the COVID vaccine as well as booster shots. The local health district’s vaccination clinics, local GPs and pharmacies now offer a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to people aged 18 and over, six months after their second dose. NSW Health will continue to contact people diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts, and all people who need to follow specific health advice. Residents are also warned about exposure locations through the NSW Service app. Visit the local health district website for a list of COVID-19 test sites across Illawarra Shoalhaven. Our COVID-19 news articles on public health and safety are free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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