A second person has died as a result of COVID-19 on the Northern Beaches.
The death of a man in his 60s from northern Sydney was announced at today’s press conference with Premier Gladys Berejiklian. The man reportedly died at his home, while receiving treatment for COVID-19 from the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).
At today’s media conference, Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty was asked about the man’s death but was unable to provide further information.
Following inquiries with NSW Health, it was confirmed the man was from the Northern Beaches. He was being cared for in the community by NSLHD, he had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.
The man is the second to die from COVID-19 on the Northern Beaches in the current outbreak. A man in his 30s from Belrose died at Northern Beaches Hospital in August.
The death comes as information about case locations has become increasingly difficult to obtain. The popular NSW Government ‘find the facts‘ map of postcodes has not been updated since last Wednesday’s numbers. Source data available from Data NSW has not been updated since Friday.
A spokesperson for Data NSW said changes are being made to the way test and active case data is being reported. Positively diagnosed cases will now remain ‘active’ for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
“NSW Health changed the way it reports COVID-19 test data on Friday and work is currently being carried out to ensure the new data can be reflected on COVID heatmaps on the nsw.gov.au website. The heatmaps will be updated to reflect the changes early this week. Data NSW apologies for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience,” said the spokesperson.
Also announced at today’s media conference was a relaxation of access to public pools from next Monday, 27 September. Access to beach and ‘natural’ pools is already permitted but from 12.01am Monday, 27 September, outdoor Council pools across NSW will be permitted to open with a COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the hard work to date and increasing vaccination levels allowed restrictions on pools to be relaxed as we head into summer.
“The NSW Government is determined to ensure everyone can benefit from increasing vaccination rates. Outdoor pools are part of Australian life, and enjoying a summer splash no matter where you live is a big plus for families,” said Minister Hazzard.
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