SA Health recently reported that it had been notified of 17 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in South Australia who died between April 13 and July 27.
The dead include a woman in her twenties, a woman in her fifties, a woman in her sixties, two women in her seventies, two women in her nineties, a man in his forties, three men in his in their sixties, four men in their seventies. , a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s.
It brings the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 653.
Today’s 3,957 cases are lower than the 4,197 cases reported Wednesday.
Health Minister Chris Picton warned on Wednesday there are likely to be thousands more cases of COVID-19 in South Australia than are reported daily, with strong test results for wastewater at the Bolivar treatment plant
There are currently 339 people with COVID-19 in hospital – down from 365 yesterday – with eight people in intensive care.
The number of people in hospital includes people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have been hospitalized for other reasons.
Of those in hospital, 202 have received three or more doses of vaccine, while 122 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
The vaccination status of 15 others is unknown to SA Health.
The winter wave of state cases has been triggered by the emergence of the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. SA Health’s latest genome sequencing shows that 68.1 percent of the samples are the BA.5 subvariant, while 16.3 percent are BA.4.
It comes as the South Australian nurses’ union is raising concerns for their own health and safety amid mounting workloads from the latest wave of cases.
With more than 376,000 active infections across the country, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has urged all people to get vaccinated, wear masks and take other measures to ease the strain on the hospital system.
“It is imperative that we do everything we can to ensure that frontline health professionals are protected and supported as health services come under tremendous pressure from the growing COVID cases coupled with the onset of the flu season and the winter demand,” says the SA director of the ANMF. said Elizabeth Dabars.
“The kind of demand and pressure we’re seeing right now has the very real potential to overwhelm capacity and delay care.”
Dabars said nurses and other health professionals were doing their best to keep health and elderly care together.
“But after two and a half years without delay, they are exhausted. They need the support of the community,” she says.
“Nurses, midwives and caregivers, all frontline health professionals, ask you to support them so they can continue to support you.”
Her comments came as Australia’s three most populous states reported 98 COVID-19 deaths and more than 35,000 new infections on Thursday as the latest wave of Omicron variants continues.
More than 5,350 patients are hospitalized with the virus, nearly 2,300 of whom are in NSW.
According to the latest study from the Kirby Institute in Sydney, it is now estimated that nearly half of adult Australians have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic.
Their research shows that an estimated 46.2 percent of adults had had the virus by early June, with more than a quarter of the population infected in the previous three-month period.
The prevalence is nearly three times that reported in the previous sero survey — an analysis of blood antibody tests — which estimated that about 17 percent of the population was infected at the end of February.
A 23-month-old toddler, who died Sunday night at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, was one of 83 fatalities reported across the country on Wednesday.
LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:
- SA: 3957 cases, 17 deaths, 339 hospitalized with 11 in ICU
- NSW: 15,704 cases, 34 deaths, 2282 hospitalized with 65 in ICU
- Victoria: 12,154 cases, 37 deaths, 852 hospitalized with 33 in ICU
- Tasmania: 1,175 cases, four deaths, 176 hospitalized with four in ICU
- NT: 454 cases, no deaths, 61 in hospital and none in ICU
- Queensland: 7364 cases, 27 deaths, 955 hospitalized with 32 in ICU
- WA: 4,961 cases, five deaths, 418 in hospital and 16 in ICU.
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