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January 12, 2022: ICU in Orange steady at zero; three more in Western hospitals

By staff writer

There were 19 people in hospital with Covid across Western NSW Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

The figure is up by three, however the number of people in ICUs has stayed at zero.

There were 809 positive cases in the Western district, although the true figures are thought to be significantly higher.

Statewide, there are currently 2,242 Covid cases admitted to hospital (up from 2,186), with 175 people in intensive care (up from 170), 54 of whom require ventilation (up from 51).

There were 134,411 Covid tests reported to 8pm last night, up from 71,325.

NSW recorded 34,759 new cases of Covid detected by PCR testing in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

"As increasingly people follow NSW Health’s advice to use rapid antigen tests for diagnosing COVID-19, the number of PCR tests will underestimate the true number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19," NSW Health said.

NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 21 people with Covid: 17 men and four women.

Seven of these deaths have been included following the conclusion of coronial investigations – four since 23 December 2021, one from September 2021 and two from October 2021.

One person was aged in their 30s, one person was aged in their 40s, two people were aged in their 50s, four people were aged in their 60s, six people were aged in their 70s, four people were aged in their 80s, two people were aged in their 90s and one person was aged over 100.

Of the 21 people who died; 12 were vaccinated, eight were not vaccinated and one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


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