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January 3, 2022: Covid cases in Orange on the rise


By staff writer


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Covid case numbers in Orange and the rest of the Western NSW Local Health District continue to bounce around, with 42 people in Orange testing positive in the 24 hours to 8pm on January 2, 2022, up from 35 the day prior.


There were 222 new cases identified in the following local government areas (LGA) in the Western NSW Local Health District:


Bathurst - 16 Blayney - 5 Cabonne - 4 Cobar - 4 Coonamble - 6 Cowra - 3 Dubbo - 106 (inc 4 Wellington address) Forbes - 1 Gilgandra - 1 Mid-Western - 5 (inc 3 with Mudgee addresses) Narromine - 6 Oberon - 3 Orange - 42 Parkes - 1 Walgett - 1 Warren - 6 Warrumbungle - 11 Weddin - 1


Across the state there were 20,794 new cases (up from 18,278), and 96,765 people were tested (up from 90,109).


There were four deaths - two men and two women. Two people were aged in their 70s, one in their 80s, and one in their 90s. Three people had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received three doses.


Across the state there were 1,204 people in hospital (up from 1,066) and 95 in ICU (up from 83).


For a full list of testing clinics visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/clinics


Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now available for people aged 18 and over.


From tomorrow (January 4, 2022) those 18 years and over are eligible for a booster if they had their second dose at least four months ago.

"We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19," said a NSW Health statement.



"We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose."


The government reports that testing capacity in NSW "is currently under enormous pressure and the only people getting a PCR (nose and throat swab) should be those who have COVID-19 symptoms; live in a household with a confirmed COVID-19-positive case; or have otherwise been advised by NSW Health to get tested".

Interstate travellers and international arrivals are not required to have a PCR test and should instead undertake rapid antigen tests, as per the guidelines for the respective states and territories.


Symptomatic arrivals will be required to get a PCR as soon as possible and isolate until a negative result is received.


This applies to people who are fully or partially vaccinated, as well as those who are not vaccinated.


NSW Health states: "People are at risk of developing COVID-19 for 14 days after they were last in contact with a COVID-positive person, so it is important to take precautions during this time.


"While most people will become positive within the first week after exposure, around a quarter of people exposed to COVID-19 will develop their infection in the following seven days.

"If you have had a high-risk interaction with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to exercise caution and avoid high-risk settings and large indoor gatherings for 14 days after you last had contact with them."

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