COVID numbers in Orange peak at 27 infections, while the western region reports 80 cases | Central Western Daily

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INFECTIONS in Orange have peaked again this week, reporting 27 COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour period to 6 p.m. 20 Wednesday, December 29th. With the inclusion of this figure, it brings the total number of Orange infections for December to 233 cases in the hitherto municipal area. Of the city’s case numbers of 27, three of these infections were associated with Cabonne Shire addresses and are included in a total of 80 cases reported by the Western NSW Local Health District throughout the region. There are nine cases in Mid-Western LGA, with five in Mudgee, three in Gulgong and one infection in Rylestone. The Warren LGA has eight cases, while Cabonne Shire counted a total of seven cases; three in Molong, two each in Cumnock and Manildra, and a single case in Cargo. In the Bathurst area, there are six cases of report; two of these with Kelso addresses. Up in the Narromine Shire, there are five cases, four of which are connected to the Trangie area, while the Oberon LGA has four cases; one discovered in O’Connell Dubbo has recorded a significant decrease in reported infections, falling to only four cases in the most recent report. Brewarrina also has four cases, while Blayney Shire reported two. The remaining individual cases are located in the LGAs of Forbes, Coonamble, Bourke and Coolah’s Warrumbungle Shire. NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned the state on Wednesday that “there is probably more disease in the community than the numbers reflect” as test facilities try to treat the high level of clogged inoculation samples. “When you have a higher positivity rate, it tells us two things: that we probably do not find, you know, when all the cases, so there is probably more disease in society than the numbers reflect,” said Dr. Chant. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will seek nationwide uniformity regarding the definitions of ‘close contact’ and isolation period and joins his state and territory counterparts at an emergency national cabinet meeting to be held on Thursday. Another item expected to appear on the agenda of the national government meeting will be rapid antigen testing – and the pocket from which they will be paid – as states and territories join forces with NSW in registering higher than ever COVID numbers. A close contact – under a revised definition – will be considered a person who has spent at least four hours or more in a household (or a household-like environment) with a positive COVID-19 case. Across the country, NSW has registered 12,226 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour reporting period to 6 p.m. 20 Wednesday, December 29th. This number has increased by just over 1,000 additional cases from the day before. There are 746 people in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, which means that a further 121 people are admitted between the end-to-end reports. There are 63 cases in the intensive care unit, a number up to two, with a COVID-related death reported. The death toll for people who have died of COVID-related causes is now 654 for NSW. Vaccination rates remain the same from recent reports, with the first dose at idle at 95 percent and 93.5 percent of adults 16+ being fully vaccinated. The figures for people aged 12-15 are 81.5 percent, and 78.1 percent have received two doses of a COVID vaccine. Test numbers have dropped by nearly 60,000 from the previous day, with 9,201 inoculations assessed in the last 24-hour period to 6 p.m.



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