NSW has entered another wave of COVID-19 as health authorities record a 40 percent rise in cases and an increase in hospitalizations across the state.
There were 14,089 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the week ending Nov. 5, a 39.3 percent increase from the previous week, the state’s latest report. COVID monitoring report found it.
The report published Thursday found that 310 cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized and 25 in intensive care in the same week.
The seven-day moving average of daily hospital admissions rose to 44 admissions on Nov. 5, compared to 38 admissions at the end of the previous week.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said the increase in hospital admissions is an important reminder of the need to exercise caution with those at high risk of serious illness, such as those in aged care facilities.
“Please be very careful when visiting anyone in aged care facilities if you have been in contact with COVID or have any symptoms, however mild,” Chant said.
The number of emergency room presentations from people with COVID-19 who were sick enough to be hospitalized rose from 123 in the previous week to 160.
The percentage of people who tested positive in PCR tests also rose to 13.8 percent of the 75,687 tests reported, compared to 9.1 percent the week before.