ACT COVID update 13 Sept

13 new cases
7 linked
6 under investigation
2 in quarantine throughout
10 infectious in the community

9 in hospital
3 in ICU
1 ventilated

2402 tests conducted
This reflects lower trend on weekends, officials want that up to ~3500 today.
Barr has escalated his 'get tested' message today.

Says, if you live with someone who has symptoms, the whole household should come forward for testing. If you work with someone who has symptoms, you should come forward for testing too.
Still businesses not complying with health directions.

Barr: "We are now moving beyond warnings. Repeat offenders will have to be closed."

"We are beyond the point of issuing warnings"
Vaccination update:

16,615 booked for a 1st dose at ACT hub this week

This week ACT will pass
50% 12yo+ w 2 doses
75% 12yo+ w 1 dose
Barr: "As always, the best vaccine is the one available to you today. If you are over 18 and you are still waiting for a vaccine" with an appointment many weeks away, "you should consider the benefits" of AZ and discuss that with your health professional.
Barr: ACT is v focused on vaccinating 12+ pop

From 20 Sept all 12 kids can book Pfizer at ACT hub but earliest might be Oct/Nov.

Kids can also seek Pfizer via GP, or Moderna via pharmacy in coming week

Barr: "It is worth looking around to see the quickest path for vaccination"
Barr says 650 vulnerable children aged 12-15 with underlying conditions have received their 1st dose

There are ~25k children aged 12-15 in the ACT
CHO Coleman update

13 new
506 total
261 recovered (+7)
245 active

Of 13
7 linked (6 household)
2 in quarantine throughout
10 infectious in community
1 being assessed

9 in hospital (aged 18-70s)
3 in ICU (aged bw 40-60)
1 ventilated
7 unvaxxed
1 one dose
1 vax status unknown
CHO confirms one of today's new cases was on site at @nimmityjah while unknowingly infectious on 9-10 Sept

Winnunga is closed today/tomorrow as a result

Fri is on the exposure site list. Thurs isn't, as they're confident they've ID-ed and are contacting everyone affected.
If you had a Winnunga vaccination appointment today, you should hopefully have been contacted so you can still get your vaccination at the AIS hub.
Malkara Specialist School and Nipperville Early Learning Centre are also on the close contact exposure site list, due to confirmed case on site while unknowingly infectious.

No further info. CHO says they've been in direct contact with those affected.
CHO says 900+ close contacts and 334 active exposure sites.

Despite the Check In CBR updates, she's reminding everyone to keep checking the exposure sites list.

No new public transmission sites

+1 linked to Busy Bees childcare
CHO confirms tomorrow will be the Big Update Day for next steps, outbreak, cluster and mystery case updates etc

Even if you don't watch the pressers (and frankly, I envy you) you might want to tune in at 11.45am tomorrow, which you can do via @abccanberra radio, TV and facebook
On this change in Get Tested messaging:

Barr: "What we often find is the first case who does comes forward for testing infects the rest of the household and if they'd all come together for testing we may have been able to reduce the number of days infectious in the community."
Q With more supply coming, why shouldn't 60+ get a choice?

Barr says the 60+ AZ-hesitant are a small group in Canberra, the data shows 60+ have 95% or greater first dose coverage. That said...:>>
Barr: "We've got a lot of people who don't have the option of AZ" inc under 18s. Encouraging 18+ AZ takeup.

"Right now, the priority is: get vaccinated. If you're sitting out there unvaccinated and you are over 60 years of age, you are very, very susceptible to serious illness."
Q So why not open choice to that small group of 60+s then?

Barr: "Because we've got tens of thousands of people who we need to vaccinate with Pfizer or Moderna. We've got younger people who don't have the choice."
Q Disappointed it looks like the PM is going to keep shuttling back and forth to Sydney?

Barr: "Others have suggested that there is a government funded, very nice place to live in Canberra for the PM, but really I think it's a matter for the PM to explain to the community."
(Barr makes the point that this will really annoy some, others won't care, but "it doesn't absorb a huge amount of my time, to be honest".)
CHO update on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination in ACT to 8 Sept

57.9% one dose
36.5% fully vaccinated

Winnunga together with ACT Health doing lots of work to increase vaccination for the Indigenous community, CHO says.
Health Minister Stephen-Smith on Indigenous vaccination rates: "Of course we're not satisfied with those." Says the 60yo+ vaccination rate is very high, but "for the younger part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, we really do need to get those rates up."
RSS: "It's not only about achieving 80% fully vaccinated for the community as a whole. It's also about ensuring that those more vulnerable parts of our community - whether that's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, whether that's people with disability, >>
>>RSS: "... obviously we've already got there with older people - but that we actually have got a focus on those more vulnerable parts of our community, and an equity position in relation to assessing our vaccination status."
Q School based vaccination?
RSS: Still working through that, will partly depend on what the take-up is through the other channels (ACT hubs, GPs, pharmacies) noting that 12+ have only just become eligible.
Q (from @EmGrovesy, I think?) Prison officers who live in NSW have been told they need to quarantine if they're exposed to covid at work, those in ACT have been told they can keep coming to work...?

RSS: "I have just been made aware of that issue and we're looking into it."
(Shout out to Emma or whoever asked that question, as it was news to me - as well as to the minister, apparently)
Q Compliance Issues in business, do we need more teams doing the checks?

Barr: "Our compliance teams are sufficient in volume. What we need is more compliance."

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15 Sep
ACT COVID update 15 Sept

13 new cases
8 linked (all close household contacts)
5 in quarantine throughout
8 infectious in the community

7 in hospital
1 in ICU, ventilated

3311 tests conducted

4000+ vax doses delivered
61% 1st
39% 2nd

Today we pass 75% of 12+ pop with 1 dose
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+50% 12+ population have now received 2 doses
(~185k Canberrans)

From Monday, ACT vax hubs will start taking bookings for 12-15yos. Also available thru GPs (Pfizer), and eventually pharmacies (Moderna)
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ACT COVID update 14 Sept

22 new cases
14 linked
8 under investigation
2 in quarantine throughout
13 infectious in the community

10 in hospital
2 in ICU
1 ventilated

3721 tests conducted
BREAKING: ACT lockdown will CONTINUE for another 4 weeks, to Fri 15 October
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Barr says priority in next four weeks is to vaccinate as many people as possible
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12 Sep
ACT COVID update 12 Sept

15 new cases
8 linked
5 in quarantine throughout
9 infectious in the community

1 new case "is a detainee" who tested positive yesterday, Barr says

10 in hospital
3 in ICU
1 ventilated

2406 tests conducted
They'd like this number to be 3000+/day.

44k doses delivered in the past week

95% of 50+ population = 1 dose
75% of 50+ population = 2 doses

29% of 35-39yos = 2 doses
15% of 20-24yos = 2 doses

20-39 is Canberra's biggest age demo

Barr: "It will take some weeks" to get them all fully vaxxed.
CHO says AMC case was detected thru routine testing on admission. They've been in isolation since

All contacts at AMC, police/watch house staff have been identified "and are receiving our ongoing support"

There's a weekly AMC vax clinic

Of detainees:
74% = 1 dose
54% = 2 doses
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11 Sep
ACT COVID update 11 Sept

15 new cases
14 linked
1 under investigation
9 in quarantine throughout
6 infectious in the community

16 in hospital
3 in ICU
1 ventilated

3202 tests conducted

19.5k first dose appointments were brought forward at AIS mass vax hub thanks to the 30k new doses available

(There are still early appointments available! Try your luck on MyDHR, it's worth a shot har har etc)
Barr is advised that majority of ACT Pfizer doses from UK swap will be directed to GPs, could be many as 60k new appointments

10m Moderna doses arriving in coming months, first shipment later this week. ACT population share would be ~167k doses, to be available thru pharmacists
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2 Sep
ACT COVID update 2 Sept

12 new cases
6 linked
6 under investigation
4 in quarantine throughout
8 infectious in community

13 in hospital
4 in ICU
2 ventilated (Previously reported woman in her 40s, and now also an unvaccinated man in his 20s w no prior conditions)
2500 tests conducted in #Canberra yesterday

Barr: "This is just not high enough. The virus is out in our community. It is critical, if you have symptoms, to get tested as soon as possible."

68% 1 dose
44.5% 2 doses
...for 16yo+ population

In "an Australian first", Canberra residents aged 75-79 is the first cohort in Australia to pass 80% fully vaccinated.

16,210 16-29yos made appointments yesterday to get vaxxed

Best vaccine is one you can get now
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1 Sep
ACT COVID update 1 Sept

23 new cases
14 linked (mostly household)
9 under investigation
11 in quarantine throughout
11 at least partly infectious in community

13 in hospital
4 in ICU
None fully vaccinated

3763 tests conducted

Barr: "Please get tested if you have any symptoms"
Barr address the "What is non-organised recreation?" question.

Says it is NOT organised boot camps, sport comps, team training, golf, tennis, "those sorts of organised sporting activities"
Why the increase to 5?

Barr says it's so singles and couples can have some interaction. Confirms can be from 5 different households. But must be done outside, wearing masks, max 2 hours. And outside of that, stay as far away from other people as possible, Barr says.
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