COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit

Rapid, evidence-based insights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living evidence

High level summaries of key studies and emerging evidence, reviewed regularly and updated as soon as new evidence and information is published.

Evidence checks

A rapid review outlining the available evidence on a discrete topic or question relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence includes grey and peer review literature.

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Risk monitoring dashboard

A dashboard focusing on transmission risk in healthcare settings. The dashboard brings together data on cases, clusters, the public health response, and the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce. An expert panel reviews the dashboard and assigns a risk rating. For details on infection prevention and control recommendations, please refer to the CEC framework.

Please note: given the current COVID-19 situation, the dashboard will be produced fortnightly until further notice.

22 Mar 2023 - Risk Monitoring Dashboard (PDF 485.1 KB)

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Evidence digest

A summary of new evidence and reports from international sources. From 27 May, the digest will be produced on a weekly basis.

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24 Mar 2023 - Thromboprophylaxis after COVID-19 hospitalisation, SARS-CoV-2 effect on respiratory features and mortality, surveillance testing in nursing homes. (PDF 172.0 KB)

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COVID monitor

The final issue of the COVID-19 Monitor was published by the Agency for Clinical Innovation on Thursday 26 May 2022. Previous editions will remain accessible on this website.

The COVID-19 Monitor provides a snapshot of topical data and graphs – drawn from international and national sources. The content changes in line with emerging themes and current areas of debate and discussion.

May 2022 - COVID-19 monitor 2022-05-26 (PDF 1.2 MB)

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Intelligence brief

The CIU Intelligence Brief is a report that focuses on key issues in health. It draws on a range of different types of evidence – research, data and experiential.

Jul 2022 - COVID-19 Update - Omicron variants in NSW (PDF 453.5 KB)

About the CIU

The NSW Health Critical Intelligence Unit provides rapid, evidence-based insights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its operations focus on systems intelligence, clinical intelligence and evidence integration.

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