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January 8, 2022: Orange, Cabonne, Blayney, Mudgee cases rising, as state tops 400,000 infected

By staff writer

Wear a mask. Stock image.

There have been 425,404 documented cases of Covid in NSW since the start of the pandemic, with more than 45,098 being added to the total over the last 24-hour reporting period.

Nine people across the state have died, four women and five men aged in their 50s, 70s and 90s.

Five people were from south-western Sydney, two were from south-eastern Sydney, one person was from Western Sydney and one person was from Newcastle.

There are currently 1,795 Covid cases admitted to hospital (up from 1,738), with 145 people in intensive care (up from 134), 40 of whom require ventilation.

There were 116,915 Covid tests (up from 112,725) statewide in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday night.

Although the true numbers are potentially much higher, up to 8pm last night there were 1,059 new cases in the Western NSW Local Health District, up from 879.

There are 16 people in the LGA in hospital (up from 11) and two in ICUs (up from one).

The positive case breakdown for the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday:

Bathurst - 272 (up from 257) Blayney - 28 (up from 9) Bogan - 3 Bourke - 1 Brewarrina - 4 Cabonne - 25 (including 10 Canowindra, 9 Molong), up from 16 Cobar - 16 Coonamble - 20 Cowra - 18 Dubbo - 238 (including 7 Wellington) Forbes - 24 (up from 16) Gilgandra - 5 Lachlan - 3 (including 3 Condobolin) Mid-Western - 111 (including 65 Mudgee), up from 18 Narromine - 8 Oberon - 4 Orange - 214 (up from 206) Parkes - 17 (including 4 Peak Hill), down from 20 Walgett - 14 (including 2 Collarenebri, 1 Lightning Ridge) Warren - 12 Warrumbungle - 20 (including 12 Coonabarabran) Weddin - 2

For a full list of COVID-19 testing clinics visit:

Cars in line at Wade Park testing facility. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Per NSW Health:

The NSW government has announced a range of precautionary measures to provide additional support for the health system and community ahead of an anticipated peak in COVID cases later this month.

To alleviate pressure on the hospital system and staff, the usual holiday suspension of non-urgent elective surgery will be extended through to February.

Private hospital capacity will be utilised where needed, as was the case during the Alpha and Delta outbreaks.

Public health orders will also be updated next week to include a requirement that people report their positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results, to link people with COVID-19 to health support and advice.

From January 8-27, 2022, singing and dancing is prohibited in hospitality venues (including pubs, clubs, nightclubs, bars, and restaurants), entertainment facilities, and major recreation facilities.

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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