The Territory has recorded 322 new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday and there are now 141 people in Canberra’s hospitals with the virus. ACT Health has been notified of the death of a man in his 20s with the virus.
Of those in hospital, 3 are in intensive care and 2 require ventilation.
It comes as ACT Health confirms that COVID-19 case numbers have now decreased for the fourth week in a row, with the rolling mean hitting its lowest point since February.
There are now 2,749 active infections and since the pandemic began, 197,876 cases of COVID-19 have been locally recorded.
Vaccination updates are now provided weekly on Fridays by ACT Health.
The directorate’s latest epidemiological report – which covers the week ending Sunday, 7 August – showed COVID-19 cases are continuing to decline.
There were 4420 new cases reported compared to 5805 cases in the previous week.
Of note is the fact that the rolling mean has decreased to 500 to 700 cases a day compared to 700 to 900 in the previous week.
This is the lowest it has sat since late February this year.
A rolling mean is the average of the rate for that day and the previous six days.
A rolling mean provides an average line over time and smooths out predictable peaks and troughs (such as the fact that case numbers usually decrease around weekends as there is less testing demand).
Authorities have asserted their confidence that this current wave of the pandemic has now peaked in the Territory.
This is despite the fact ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman warned in mid-July infections could hit as high as between 2000 to 3000 a day. Health has been unable to release this modelling publicly.
Total PCR test numbers have decreased again this reporting period with a total of 14,248 tests throughout the week. This compares to 16,610 tests in the previous week.
Based on PCR tests only, the test positivity seven-day rolling mean has decreased again this reporting period, to an average of 18 per cent compared to 20 per cent in the previous week. This is the lowest test-positivity seven-day rolling mean which has been reported in the ACT since April 2022.
Hospitalisations peaked in mid-July and have been decreasing since. However, ACT hospitals continue to care for a large number of patients affected by COVID-19. Despite this. ACT Health says COVID-19 ICU admissions remain low.
Since 1 January 2022, approximately 53 per cent of all cases admitted to the ICU had received fewer than three doses of vaccine at the time of their admission and 17 per cent of cases were unvaccinated at the time of their admission.
Interstate, NSW has reported 35 deaths overnight and 8,217 new cases of COVID-19.
Victoria has reported 22 deaths overnight and 4,300 new cases of COVID-19.