Changes to COVID-19 reporting
COVID-19 reports are shared weekly. NSW Health also provides detailed reporting and analysis of the latest COVID-19 data in its weekly respiratory surveillance reports.
On 14 October, registering a positive rapid antigen test became voluntary. Positive test numbers alone now do not reflect the total number of cases in a community. For this reason, maps and charts that showed case numbers across local government areas have been removed from this page.
New COVID-19 cases and tests in the past 7 days
Positive results from PCR tests
Positive results from rapid antigen tests (RATs)**
Data for the past 7 days until 4pm 01 December 2022, last updated 02 December 2022.
*Combined total of PCR positive test results and rapid antigen test (RAT) positive result registrations.
**Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are reported by individuals using the ServiceNSW website or app.
***As per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).
COVID-19-related deaths are notified to NSW Health from a range of sources and not all deaths reported by NSW Health occurred in the week in which they are reported, as there is sometimes a delay between a death occurring and it being notified to NSW Health.
Latest respiratory surveillance report summary
Summary of epidemiological week 47 ending 26 November 2022.
- While hosptialisations and ICU admissions decreased this week, there were increases in the number of people notified with COVID-19 and in the proportion of PCR tests that are positive. This indicates ongoing high levels of transmission in the community.
- There is currently no dominant variant driving current case numbers. Both BA.2 and BA.5 sublineages are being commonly detected in community samples.
- There were 32,928 people diagnosed with COVID-19 this week, an increase of 15.2% since the previous week. PCR testing for COVID-19 has increased by 8.9% compared to the previous week. The proportion of PCR tests that were positive for COVID-19 has increased from 17% to 19%. Notification rates are highest in those over 80 years of age and are likely to reflect high testing rates in this age group.
- The seven-day rolling average of daily hospital admissions decreased to an average of 87 admissions by the end of this week, compared with 89 admissions at the end of the previous week. There were 609 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and 42 people admitted to ICU this week.
- Emergency department presentations for coronaviruses/SARS requiring an admission have increased to 374 from 321 admissions in the previous week.
- There were 25 COVID-19 deaths reported this week. Of these, 6 (24%) had not received three doses of vaccine. Three deaths were in people aged under 65 years. Deaths may not have occurred in the week in which they were reported.
Admitted to hospital
In intensive care
Hospitalisations as of 4pm, 01 December 2022, last updated 02 December 2022.
Total COVID-19 cases and deaths to date
Total confirmed cases to date*
Total deaths to date**
Data until 4pm, 01 December 2022, last updated 02 December 2022. Data includes only NSW residents. Total cases since 25 January 2020. Total deaths since 4 March 2020.
*Cases refer to those identified via PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) registrations.
**As per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).
Get tested and stay home
Protect yourself and those around you by getting tested, and stay home if you feel unwell. Even if you only have mild symptoms, you could pass COVID-19 on to someone more vulnerable.
NSW COVID-19 datasets
The NSW Government has made available datasets for COVID-19 cases and tests in NSW.
The following NSW datasets are updated weekly, based on information up until 4pm on Thursdays:
- COVID-19 cases datasets: notification date, location, age range and likely source of infection of known cases.
- COVID-19 tests data: test result, location and age range.
- COVID-19 case locations data: COVID-19 case locations by date of known outbreak, location, address and recommended action.
For more information on NSW Government data, visit Data.NSW – an open portal to more than 10,000 datasets.