Anyone who tests positive using a rapid antigen test will now be required to register their result with Service NSW.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the new registration process was an important part of managing the pandemic.

“NSW residents can register their result with just a few clicks on the Service NSW website or by using the Service NSW app,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Registering your RAT result enables NSW Health to provide you with advice on self-isolation and managing COVID-19 symptoms at home, to connect high risk people to clinical care services and to help inform the ongoing public health response.”

People who fail to register a positive RAT result on the Service NSW app. will be fined $1000, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

Mr Perrottet said anybody who had tested positive with a RAT since January 1 needed to log their result.

There will be a grace period of one week before fines are enforced from January 19.

Most people do not need a PCR test to confirm they are positive for COVID-19.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the reporting of a positive RAT will be required under a public health order.

“Ensuring individuals are connected to the appropriate public health advice and keeping a watch on trends is the prime purpose,” Mr Hazzard said.

If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you may be able to safely manage COVID-19 at home.

Customer Service and Digital Government Minister Victor Dominello said privacy would be at the forefront of this new feature.

“This technology has been built with trust and security at its core. Service NSW will send the information directly to NSW Health, it isn’t shared with any third parties, and is then deleted from Service NSW records within days,” Mr Dominello said.

“There are more than seven million Service NSW account holders but we’re also committed to making this process inclusive for those without that access. Those who need assistance can contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.”

Most people with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover in a few days or so, with some people having no symptoms at all.

Please contact your GP or call the NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933 if you are pregnant, or if you have a chronic condition.

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Today, Hunter New England Health reported five new COVID-19 cases from the Narrabri Shire (or for people with a Narrabri Shire address).

As of 8pm on Tuesday night, the number of COVID-19 cases from the Narrabri Shire was 448.

Hunter New England Health recorded 3,410 new cases of COVID-19 in the region in the 24 hours to 8pm, Tuesday.

Of the 27,168 total active cases, 101 are receiving care in our hospitals and ten are in ICU.

“Sadly, we are reporting the death of two men from the Hunter region. A man in his 80s from the Port Stephens area and a man in his 50s from the Lake Macquarie area,” said HNELHD in a media statement.

“Our sincere condolences go out to their family and friends.”

Sadly NSW Health today reported the deaths of 21 people with COVID-19; 17 men and four women.

Seven of these deaths have been included following the conclusion of coronial investigations – four since December,23, 2021, one from September 2021 and two from October 2021.

“One person was aged in their 30s, one person was aged in their 40s, two people were aged in their 50s, four people were aged in their 60s, six people were aged in their 70s, four people were aged in their 80s, two people were aged in their 90s and one person was aged 100+,” said NSW Health in a media statement.

“Of the 21 people who died; 12 were vaccinated, eight were not vaccinated and one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Four people were from south western Sydney, four people were from the Northern Beaches, four people were from south eastern Sydney, one person was from Inner Sydney, two people were from western Sydney, two people were from the Newcastle area, two people were from the Wollongong area and two people were from northern Sydney.

“NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

“There are currently 2,242 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 175 people in intensive care, 54 of whom require ventilation.

“There were 134,411 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 71,325.

“NSW recorded 34,759 new cases of COVID-19 detected by PCR testing in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

“As increasingly people follow NSW Health’s advice to use rapid antigen tests for diagnosing COVID-19, the number of PCR tests will underestimate the true number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“One hundred and eighteen COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 535,836.

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