From Monday 25 April, NSW Health will no longer issue a routine daily COVID-19 media release. COVID-19 information will continue to be reported through NSW Health’s social media accounts and website each morning, with more detailed information and analysis contained in the weekly COVID-19 surveillance reports. A wide range of COVID-19 information and advice is also available on the NSW Government website.
Across NSW, more than 95 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 94.7 per cent have received two doses to Wednesday 20 April 2022.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 17,747,859 with 5,049,910 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 12,697,949 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Wednesday 20 April 2022.
NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to receive their vaccination, including their booster dose, to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.
Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 13 people with COVID-19; eight men and five women.
Five people were aged in their 70s, five people were aged in their 80s and three people were aged in their 90s. Older age is a significant risk factor for serious illness and death for COVID-19, particularly when combined with significant underlying health conditions.
One person had received four doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 10 people had received three doses, one person had received two doses and one person was unvaccinated.
Three people were from Sydney’s northern beaches, two people were from the Central Coast, two people were from south western Sydney, one person was from Sydney’s Inner West, one person was from northern Sydney, one person was from Albury, one person was from Wollongong, one person was from NSW’s north coast and one person was from the Lake Macquarie region.
NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,670.
There are currently 1,632 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, including 63 people in intensive care, 18 of whom require ventilation.
There were 15,283 positive test results notified in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday – including 8,440 positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) and 6,843 positive PCR tests. The positive PCR results were returned from a total of 40,709 PCR tests.
Following further investigation, 13 COVID-19 cases reported by RAT have been excluded. There has now been a total of 891,757 positive RATs recorded since reporting began on 13 January 2022.
Following further investigation, 55 COVID-19 cases detected by PCR tests have been excluded and 635 cases previously reported as RAT-positive have been confirmed as PCR-positive cases, bringing the total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,295,565.
From 6pm today (Friday 22 April), household and close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case who do not have symptoms will no longer be required to isolate, provided they comply with NSW Health guidelines.
Any contact who has or develops symptoms must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. If they return a positive test result, they must follow the requirements for people who test positive to COVID-19. If they return a negative result, they should stay home until they do not have any symptoms.
Even though people without symptoms will no longer be required to isolate, household and close contacts should still be aware that they are at increased risk of acquiring COVID-19 and should take steps to protect the people around them.
These steps and further information are set out in the updated NSW Health household and close contact guidelines.
While household and close contacts are required to follow the guidelines for seven days, it is recommended that they continue to monitor for symptoms and take precautions for 14 days to help protect themselves and others from COVID-19. This reflects the fact that while most people who develop COVID-19 will get symptoms in the first seven days, some people will develop symptoms between days seven and 14.
NSW Health continues to urge everyone to take four simple precautions to protect each other:
*to 11:59pm 20 April 2022
*notified from 8pm 20 April to 8pm 21 April 2022.