The Territory has reported the death of a man in his 80s with COVID-19 overnight.
It takes the total number of pandemic casualties in the ACT to 107 since March 2020.
This month alone, 15 people have died with the virus. Yesterday, it was reported that COVID-19 had claimed the life of a man in his 30s.
There are now 138 patients in hospital with COVID, three are in ICU and two require ventilation.
The Territory has recorded 556 (314 PCR and 242 RAT) cases overnight.
Yesterday, the ACT recorded 498 new infections and there were 146 people in hospital with the virus.
Active cases in the Territory have also declined once again. There are 3215 known cases in the ACT and there have been 196,642 cases reported locally since March 2020.
Vaccination updates are now provided weekly on Fridays.
It comes as the Territory government commits to providing free rapid antigen tests for concession card holders at ACT libraries.
Concession card holders must be feeling well to be able to collect free RATs from their local ACT library.
People with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to collect a RAT from the Garran Surge Centre or get a PCR test at an ACT Government testing clinic.
The Federal Government’s free rapid antigen test scheme ended last month.
Acting Minister for Health Chris Steel said Canberrans can collect up to three RATs for each person listed on their concession card.
“It is very important that people who need to take a COVID-19 test can have easy and affordable access to one,” Mr Steel said.
“This is especially true for Canberrans who are on a concession card, many of whom are also at a higher risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19.
“Libraries are conveniently located across Canberra and we are very grateful for their assistance in distributing these tests to concession card holders.”
Masks are encouraged but not mandatory in the Territory’s public libraries.
Students in preschool to Year 2 at Franklin School are learning remotely for the rest of the week.
A number of students at Black Mountain School have also been sent home to learn remotely until Friday.
Three classes at the specialist school will return to school next Monday, 15 August.
Last week, Years 5 and 6 at Ainslie School and Years 3 to 6 at Latham Primary School spent some time at home as COVID-19 made keeping all students on campus impossible.
High incidences of remote learning were recorded last term as high daily caseloads wreaked havoc on usual staffing arrangements.
However, that same high prevalence of remote learning incidents has yet to be seen this term.
Interstate, NSW has reported 30 deaths overnight and 11,356 new cases of COVID-19.
There are now 2212 people in hospital with the virus and 55 in ICUs around the state.
NSW Health says 14 deaths were notified through the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages and may not have occurred in the reporting period.
Victoria has recorded 52 deaths overnight and 5898 cases of COVID-19.
There are now 610 people hospitalised with the virus and 30 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.
According to the state’s health department, of today’s 52 reported deaths, 40 occurred in the past week, 10 occurred in the past fortnight and two deaths occurred in late July.
The Victorian state government is distributing free N95 and KN95 face masks to people who get COVID-19 tests. They are also available at staffed train stations and Public Transport Victoria hubs.