So how is Covid-19 going in Wollongong?

If you are a virus, you’d say rather well.

103 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD. Dr Chant says Wollongong and Shellharbour most affected.

For the 24 hour period to 8pm Thursday, 23 September there were 103 new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Details are as follows:

  • 82 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) – 18 are linked to known cases and investigations are continuing for 64
  • 14 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA – eight are linked to known cases and six are under investigation
  • 5 cases who are resident of Shoalhaven LGA – three are linked to a known cases and two are under investigation
  • 2 cases who are residents of Kiama LGA – both are linked to known cases  

Community acquired COVID-19 cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported — 1,001.

Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 — 1,168.

From the Illawarra Mercury:

While occupants of the Piccadilly Motor Inn in Wollongong’s Crown Street have been in isolation for days, NSW’s deputy chief health officer has now officially put the building in lockdown.

A declaration that the site is a “high risk COVID-19 premises”, signed by Dr Marianne Gale, came into force at 10.30am.

The document said three rooms accommodated at least one person who had tested positive for COVID, while another 31 had an occupant deemed to be a close contact.

The motor inn contains 35 rooms in total.

Thursday’s Illawarra Mercury expanded on the story:

Pandemic hits Wollongong homeless hard as Piccadilly placed under police lockdown

Dylan Thomas doesn’t dream of going too far once lockdown ends – just down to Dicey Riley’s on Crown St to sing his usual number – Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason – at Wednesday night karaoke.

But for now, even a humble dream feels a world away.

Lockdown has been an inconvenience for many. For Mr Thomas, who is homeless, beset by medical problems and who has an intellectual disability, it has thrown an already complicated existence into total disarray.

The support services he relied on for help with groceries, cleaning and doctors’ appointments vanished when the workers were no longer able to visit. His arthritis flared due to missed medical appointments, so he couldn’t walk at all and had to be hospitalised.

The 33-year-old can’t return to the emergency accommodation he had at Wollongong’s Piccadilly Motor Inn because that place – with its close confines and communal kitchen – has birthed a COVID-19 cluster and is under day-and-night police guard, with no one allowed in or out.

As a close contact to COVID-positive residents, he now has to stay isolated at Wollongong Hospital for two weeks, alone in his room.

So that’s how it’s going here in The Gong. And with schools preparing to go back:


After this post published I saw this from NSW Health’s list of local Covid contact sites.

Yes, my doctor! I was there the day before…

Today’s figures were posted between 11am and noon:

70 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD. Down from 103 yesterday.

46 cases who are residents of Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) – 11 are linked to known cases and 35 are under investigation

13 cases who are residents of Shellharbour LGA – six are linked to known cases and seven are under investigation

11 cases who are residents of Shoalhaven LGA – two are linked to a known cases and nine are under investigation

Adding this powerful graphic from our local member of the NSW Parliament, Paul Scully. (He’s a good one too!)