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One death and another record day for Covid cases



The latest coast figures form part of the state’s 12,226 new cases to 8pm on Wednesday night.NSW health has also announced the death of a woman in her 70s who died at Wyong Hospital. The woman was a resident of the Hakea Grove Aged Care facility, where authorities say she acquired her infection. She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.There are now 746 people in hospital with the virus across NSW, 63 of which are in intensive care.On Wednesday, there was only one case in ICU on the Central Coast.There has been slight relief at testing sites today as some private testing facilities open back up and the criteria around who should be lining up for testing was clarified on Wednesday. However demand continues for rapid antigen testing kits.It comes as Peninsula Villages announced it is in lockdown with several staff members testing positive to Covid.“Unfortunately we have had several staff who have tested positive to Covid-19 which means under public health direction, we have had to declare an outbreak and implement our lockdown procedures,” the retirement facility stated.“Keeping our residents and staff safe is our top priority and thankfully, due to our vigorous infection control procedures and our staff completing a rapid antigen test before each shift, we are happy to report all residents have tested negative to date.”Peninsula Villages is restricting visitors to essential services and end-of-life situations only, while keeping Zoom sessions available. The Mariners were also forced to cancel their New Year’s Eve match and fireworks display at Gosford due to Covid spreading through the team camp.

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