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January 15, 2022: 34 in hospital, one in ICU in Western LHD; total NSW case numbers top 617,000

By staff writer

Twenty people with Covid died across NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday, January 14, 2022 - 11 men and nine women.

Meanwhile, across the Western NSW Local Health District in the same time period 687 Covid cases were identified by PCR testing, including 76 in Orange and 197 in Bathurst.

This total is up from 261 the day previous.

The true number is expected to be significantly higher as NSW Health is not yet able to provide the location of people testing positive via rapid antigen tests (RATs).


There were 34 people in hospital across the Western NSW Local Health District (up from 30), and one in intensive care (up from zero) in the 24-hour period.

There are currently 2,576 Covid cases admitted to hospital statewide (up from 2,525), including 193 people in intensive care (up from 184), 58 of whom require ventilation (down from 59).

There were 48,768 positive cases notified to 8pm last night in NSW, including 21,748 positive RATs and 27,020 positive PCR tests.

Of the 21,748 positive RAT results, 15,925 were from the previous seven days.

NSW Health said it was possible that some people had reported positive RATs on multiple days and/or had a positive PCR test during the same reporting period.

Of those who died, one person was aged in their 20s, three people were in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, four people were in their 70s, nine people were in their 80s, and two people were in their 90s. Sixteen people were vaccinated against Covid and four people were not vaccinated.

"The man in his 20s died at Albury Base Hospital," NSW Health reported.

"He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had serious underlying health conditions."

The total number of cases detected by PCR tests in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic was 617,525.


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