COVID-19 update- Saturday, 29 May 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One new overseas acquired case was reported in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,391.

There were 17,012 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 17,593.

NSW Health administered its highest-ever number of vaccines in one day, giving 14,190 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,357 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.  The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,250,445 with 411,834 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 838,611 administered by Commonwealth Government providers, including GPs, to 11.59pm on Thursday 27 May.

Victorian outbreak

Anyone who has arrived in NSW from Victoria since 4pm on Thursday 27 May is reminded that they must remain at their home or place of residence in NSW for the seven-day duration of the Victorian measures.

They are only permitted to leave their places of residence for limited reasons, including shopping for essential items, medical care including COVID-19 vaccinations, caregiving, outdoor exercise, and essential work or education, if you cannot do it from home.

Nobody subject to the stay-at-home measures in Victoria should travel to NSW unless permitted to do so.

For NSW residents living along the Victorian border, the seven-day stay-at-home requirement only applies if they have been outside the border region in Victoria since 4pm on Thursday 27 May. The border communities are defined by the map which was used for the previous ‘bubble’ arrangements.

Anyone arriving in NSW by air, rail or road from Victoria (except those travelling within the defined border region) must complete a travel declaration that confirms they have not attended a venue of concern. Anyone who has attended a venue of concern must not travel to NSW; instead, they should follow the health advice on the Victorian Health website.

The declaration form is available on the Service NSW website, and can be completed in the 24-hour period before entering NSW or on arrival. The information gathered via the travel declarations is vital in allowing NSW Health to contact travellers if necessary.

NSW Health is closely monitoring the situation in Victoria as local health authorities investigate the COVID-19 cases detected in the Greater Melbourne community.

People who have been in Victoria on and from 13 May should check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly, and immediately follow the relevant public health advice if they have been to any of the listed venues of concern. If you attended any of these venues at the specified times, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

NSW Health is grateful to those people who attended venues of concern who have contacted us so far. Thirty-five close contacts in NSW have now returned negative results. These people will continue to isolate for 14 days from their exposure date and will be tested again before the end of their isolation period.

NSW Health strongly advises against all non-essential travel to Victoria at this time. People who do choose to travel will be required to follow the Victorian stay-at-home requirements on their return to NSW.

Virus detected in Homebush sewage – get tested

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected at a sewage network site at Homebush yesterday (Friday 28 May).

This catchment area serves about 40,500 people, taking sewage from the suburbs of Homebush West, Strathfield, Concord West, Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point, Newington, Lidcombe, Homebush, Silverwater, Petersham, Liberty Grove, Rhodes, North Strathfield and Concord.

NSW Health is aware of returned overseas travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 after being in hotel quarantine, and who live in these catchment. People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can continue to shed virus fragments into the sewerage system for several weeks even after they are no longer infectious.

Nonetheless, NSW Health is asking everyone in the area to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Everyone in the state should continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe, including practising good hand hygiene, and always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues. NSW Health recommends masks be worn in any situation where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transport.

Anyone experiencing even the mildest of cold-like symptoms should come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

Get vaccinated

People aged 50 and over are encouraged to book their AstraZeneca vaccination through their GP in the first instance, but if they are unable to obtain the vaccine from their GP, appointments can also be booked in NSW Health clinics

Those aged 40-49 can now also register their interest in receiving the Pfizer vaccine. They will be contacted and invited to make a booking when there is availability at clinics.

Check when you will be eligible for the vaccine here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines in your language, please visit here.