More than one in six NSW children aged 12 to 15 have received a first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
The state recorded 1083 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday night, the lowest daily figure in more than three weeks and a substantial drop on the previous day's case count of 1331. The Mid-Western Region recorded no new cases.
99,782 tests performed yesterday in NSW up to 8pm last night and 32,994 were administered by NSW Health yesterday.
Up to 8pm last night there have been eight new cases identified in the Western NSW Local Health District. They are in the following Local Government Areas (LGA):
- Dubbo 6
- Walgett 2
Two of the cases located in Dubbo LGA are from Wellington.
From 12.01am Monday, 27 September outdoor pools across NSW will be able to open, provided councils have a stringent COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health. Natural pools are already permitted to be open.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked those in Sydney's west and south west who have come forward and received their COVID-19 vaccine.
"We are so grateful to everyone who has come forward to get a jab, helping bring first dose vaccination rates in some LGAs up to 90 per cent," Ms Berejiklian said.
"There's still more work to do to push those vaccination rates higher and everyone must continue to follow the lockdown rules until we reach that 70 per cent double dose target when further restrictions can be eased for those who are fully vaccinated."
Aged care case
A representative of Mudgee Grove Care Community confirmed to the Mudgee Guardian that a staff member tested positive last week.
"I can confirm a team member at Mudgee Grove Care Community tested positive on Wednesday (September 15) after two earlier negative tests on Sunday and Wednesday. The team member is fully vaccinated and has been isolating since Wednesday," they said.
"We are working closely with the Public Health Unit (PHU) and immediately put in place a number of actions to protect our residents and team."
The company confirmed that the aged care facility is currently lockdown, residents are isolating and contact tracing is taking place. In addition to these, the company said the following further measures are currently in place:
- All residents are being checked for signs or symptoms
- Our team are working in designated areas only
- Strict infection control processes remain in place and we have increased cleaning of high traffic areas
- Under COVID outbreak lockdown regulations, no visitors are allowed (except for end of life visits)
- Residents have been advised by our team of the situation
- Our team are in daily telephone contact with residents' families."
The Mudgee AREC testing clinic is this weekend from 10am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19. As part of pilot testing, all residents are urged to get tested even if they don't have symptoms. No appointment is required.
There has been several COVID detections in sewerage samples but so far no new cases have been identified.
"We need to rule out COVID being in Mudgee by doing LOTS of testing. The good news, is that if you don't have any symptoms, don't live with anyone with symptoms, haven't been to a venue of concern and none of your household is a close contact of someone with COVID, you don't have to self isolate after having your test," Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said in a post on social media.
Western NSW Local Health District are returning with the Australian Defence force to deliver second doses ofPfizer and will be standing up a clinic in Mudgee from Monday 20th to Friday 24th September 2021. This clinic is only for second doses of Pfizer due to the minimum 21 day interval and will be by invitation only.
How will it run?
Peoplewho received their first Pfizer vaccination at the Mudgee ADF walk-in clinic between 30th August and 3rd September 2021 will be contacted by Western NSW Local Health District by either text or telephone to confirm:
- Their second dose.
- The location of the clinic and;
- Date and time to attend the clinic.
If people are unable to attend they will need to seek their second dose from an alternative provider. Pfizer doses MUST be given at least 21 days apart.
People must not attend the clinic if they:
- Are waiting on a COVID-19 test result.
- Are a CONFIRMED close contact of a CONFIRMED positive COVID-19 case.
- Are unwell. Anyone with COVID symptoms should get tested & isolate until they receive a negative test result.
- Have had ANY other vaccination (including flu) in the previous seven days.
St Matthews Catholic School, 4 Lewis Street.
- 20 September - 24 September 2021. The previous clinics occurred on the 30 and 31 August and the 1st to the 3 September 2021.
Gulgong's second doses are occurring at the Memorial Hall on 112 Herbert Street.
What about AstraZeneca?
People who received AstraZeneca at the previous Mudgee ADF walk-in clinic will also be contacted by our team with advice on how to receive their second dose of the vaccine, in line with the 4 - 12 week interval. Closer to their second dose date, people will be contacted either by text or telephone to confirm:
- Their second dose.
- Where and when they will receive their second dose.
Playgrounds, skate parks and dog parks throughout the region have reopened, Wednesday September 15, in response to changes to NSW Government Health Orders this week for fully vaccinated people.
This includes the opening of the Jennie Blackman Dog Park to the public, located adjacent to the Glen Willow footbridge on the Glen Willow side. The former Mudgee Dog Park will now be closed permanently.
Gatherings of up to five people are permitted for outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated. These people must have their proof of vaccination at all times and show to police if requested.
Fully vaccinated means you have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you. The five person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under.
Residents are permitted to go outdoors with members of their household or one person you do not live with.
All residents must continue social distancing and mask wearing.
Kandos Skate Park will be closed for the removal of dangerous trees and will reopen on Friday, September 17.
Local vaccination providers
- Pharmacy 4 Less
- Blooms the Chemist
- Starchem Pharmacy
- Gulgong Dispensary
- Kandos Family Medical Centre
- Kandos Advanced Medical Centre
- Kandos-Rylstone Pharmacy
- Kandos-Rylstone Pharmacy
- Dunedoo Pharmacy
- Brenshaw Medical Centre Coolah
Area of concern:
Mudgee Corner Store: 72 Lewis Street , Mudgee
- Wednesday 8 September 2021, 10am to 10:20am
Gulgong Dispensary: 119 Mayne Street
- Monday 30 August 2021 - 3:50pm to 4:20pm
Gulgong Automotive Services: 22C Station Street.
- Thursday 2 September 2021, 2pm to 2:30pm
If you were at these venues at the above times, you should get tested immediately. Self-isolate until you get a negative result.
Anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.
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