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BREAKING January 7, 2022: Cases in Orange nearly triple in one day

By staff writer

Covid is ripping through Orange and Bathurst, with nearly 500 new positive cases yesterday.

There were 879 new positive Covid cases in the NSW Western Area Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, up from 524 the day previous.

This represents a 68 percent increase.

There are 11 people in hospital, and one in the ICU.

The 879 new cases identified were in the following locations in the Western NSW Local Health District:

Bathurst - 257 (up from 120)

Blayney - 9 (down from 10)

Bogan - 1

Bourke - 10

Cabonne - 16 (including 8 Molong; 3 Canowindra), up from 7

Cobar - 12

Coonamble - 5

Cowra - 12

Dubbo - 175 (including 7 Wellington)

Forbes - 16 (up from 11)

Gilgandra - 6

Lachlan - 2

Mid-Western - 18 (including 12 Mudgee), down from 19

Narromine - 20

Oberon - 22

Orange - 206 (up from 78)

Parkes - 20 (up from 18)

Walgett - 33 (including 25 Walgett)

Warren - 6

Warrumbungle - 32 (including 23 Coonabarabran)

Weddin - 1

Eleven people in NSW died from Covid-related illness in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday.

Across the state there are 1,738 people who have been hospitalised, up from 1,609.

There were 134 in ICU, up from 131.

There were 38,625 new cases in NSW, up from 34,994.

Testing numbers were up slightly at 112,725 (111,231 the day prior).


Did you get a positive rapid antigen test result?

You do not need to get a PCR test to confirm it but you should immediately self-isolate for 7 days.

If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic conditions and are not pregnant, you can safely manage COVID-19 at home.

If you are over 65, pregnant, or have a chronic condition that requires regular hospital visits or specialist follow-up and are feeling unwell please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020080 or NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933.

If you develop severe symptoms (particularly severe headaches or dizziness, difficulty breathing, chest pressure or pain), call Triple Zero (000) straight away and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please follow all the advice for confirmed cases including telling your household contacts that they should also do a rapid antigen test and isolate for 7 days:


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