Covid fact & stats to 4 pm yesterday – Reinfections a feature

WA Health is reporting a total of 11,624 new cases in the past week to 4pm yesterday (15/12/2022). As of 4pm yesterday, there were 7,019 active cases in Western Australia.

As at 4pm yesterday, there were a total of 242 people with COVID-19 in hospital, with 12 in ICU.

Sadly, this week’s report to 4pm yesterday includes 12 deaths, dating back to 02/11/2022, which were reported to WA Health in the last week, aged from 75 to 96 years.

Total PCR tests for the timeframe were 9,537.

Total positive PCR tests for the timeframe were 2,834. Total positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) in this period were 8,975.

WA has recorded 1,244,838 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

And here’s the Surveillance Summary across the State for the week ending 11 December.

Surveillance summary

This week, case numbers increased by 4% compared to the previous week. Cases diagnosed by PCR increased by 4% and by RAT increased by 4%. Reinfections comprised 23% of total cases this week, compared with 20% last week.

There was a 2% decrease in PCR tests conducted compared to the previous week, with a 7-day average test positive rate for PCR tests of 23.2%.

The moving seven-day average case rates per 100,000 population increased in all regions except the Metropolitan region. The seven-day average case rate for the Perth metropolitan area (67 cases/100,000 population) was approximately 70% higher than the Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) regions combined (40 cases/100,000 population).

The highest seven-day average age-specific rates were in the 50 – 69 years age group (74 cases/100,000 population), with the lowest rates in the 0 – 9 years age group (28 cases/100,000 population).

Nationally, the moving seven-day average case rates increased across all jurisdictions, with Tasmania having the highest rate (107 cases/100,000 population) and Queensland the lowest rate (34 cases/100,000 population).

The 7-day average of hospitalised cases increased by 13% from 188 last week to 213 this week. Intensive care unit cases increased from 5 in the last reporting week to 7 this week.
Deaths increased by 60% this reporting week with 24 deaths compared to 15 last week.

This week, 355 cases were reported in the Aboriginal population, an 18% increase compared to last week. Case rates in the Aboriginal population were lower compared to the non-Aboriginal population, with the 7-day average rate ratio sitting at 0.73 this reporting week. No deaths were reported in the Aboriginal population this week.


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