The ACT has recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases.
- 10 people are in hospital with the virus, with three in ICU requiring ventilation
- A woman in her 70s from Batemans Bay has died with the virus
- The Deputy Chief Health Officer says 40 per cent of cases are waiting two or more days with symptoms before getting tested
There are 10 people in hospital with the virus, with three in ICU requiring ventilation.
Of the new cases, at least seven were infectious in the community and 10 are currently unable to be linked to other known cases.
There are currently 237 active cases in the territory.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston today also painted a broader picture of the ACT’s Delta outbreak.
She said the average daily number of cases throughout the outbreak had been 17.1, with over half of the cases occurring in men.
The median age for those infected with the virus was between 26 and 28 years, Dr Johnston said.
She said there were currently 88 “mystery cases” unable to be linked to other known infections.
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As the ACT continues to manage its outbreak, the number of cases in surrounding New South Wales is also growing, and a woman in her 70s from Batemans Bay was one of the COVID-19 related deaths in the state yesterday.
The woman died at home and was diagnosed with COVID-19 after her death.
NSW authorities said she had received two doses of the vaccine — the second shortly before her death.
The woman was one of two new cases recorded in Batemans Bay.
Today the NSW government announced nine cases were also recorded in Queanbeyan, two cases in Goulburn, and Narooma, Googong, Jindabyne and Cooma each recorded one new case.
Number of people waiting for testing ‘far too high’
Both Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Dr Johnston reiterated their calls for people to get tested as soon as they developed symptoms.
Mr Barr said some people were missing out on key treatments by delaying their time to get tested.
Dr Johnston added that as the ACT prepared to move out of lockdown, it was essential that people get tested immediately after symptoms present.
She said about 40 per cent of people were waiting two or more days after developing symptoms to get tested.
“Which is far too high … especially as we are considering our pathway forward, the proportion of cases that are waiting five or more days is 10 per cent. That’s one in 10 cases,” Dr Johnston said.
Financial support for businesses expected to continue until end of October
Earlier this week, Mr Barr released a roadmap detailing the ACT’s steps out of lockdown, including some restrictions set to ease on Friday.
At the time, he said he hoped financial assistance could continue for businesses that would continue to be affected by COVID-19 after the ACT’s lockdown ended.
Today, he confirmed he had spoken with federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about an extension to COVID-19 business support grants across the ACT.
He said the pair had reached an in-principle agreement and a joint announcement was expected in the coming days.
A separate financial assistance package supporting workers affected by COVID-19 lockdowns is also due to wrap up about the end of October in the ACT.
But Mr Barr said there were ongoing programs to provide support until the end of this calendar year and even into the first quarter of 2022.
“I expect that as we make our way through and navigate our way through the next few months that if there is a need to provide additional support — either at the Commonwealth level, jointly between Commonwealth and states and territories or by state and territory governments — we will be able to adjust policy settings if it’s necessary,” he said.