COVID-19 alert for The Hills as four cases detected in Sydney

NSW Health is investigating whether a new case of COVID-19 detected in The Hills district is a false positive, an old case or linked to three new cases in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

NSW recorded two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One new overseas-acquired case was also recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,440.

NSW Health has now also been notified overnight of an additional two locally acquired cases of COVID-19. These cases will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.

There were 23,145 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 10,524.

NSW Health administered 16,425 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,054 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,777,193, with 631,896 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,145,297 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Tuesday 15 June.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)5,440
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out6,355,804
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,777,193

NSW Health is undertaking urgent investigations into the source of all new locally acquired infections. Contact tracing underway, as is genome sequencing.

Two locally acquired cases, reported yesterday, are those of a man in his 60s who works as a driver, including transporting international flight crew. The second case is a household contact of the man.

Investigations are underway into the two new locally acquired cases which will be included in tomorrow’s numbers and:

  • A woman in her 70s from Sydney’s inner-west who attended the Belle café in Vaucluse announced yesterday. She sought testing yesterday morning as she was symptomatic and was also identified as a close contact at the cafe.
  • A man in his 40s from Sydney’s north-western suburbs who is not yet linked to any active cases. He has low viral levels and the timing and source if infection is being urgently investigated through additional testing and interviews. 

NSW Health has contacted more than 700 people who are getting tested and self-isolating pending further information. It is also very important for all household members of any of these contacts to also self-isolate until the contact receives a negative result.

Further venues of concern have also been identified.

If you were at the following venues of concern at the time listed, you are a close contact and must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and self-isolate until you receive further information from NSW Health:

VaucluseBelle Cafe  103 New South Head Road  Sunday 13 June 10.20am-11.45am    
Castle HillSpotlight12 Victoria AveTuesday 15 June 11am to 11.20am
Castle HillContents International Design and Luxury Store  19/20C Hills Super Center North,
18 Victoria Avenue  
Tuesday 15 June 11.20am to 11.45am

Anyone who attended the following venues at the listed times is considered a casual contact who should monitor for symptoms and if they appear, isolate and get tested until a negative result is received:

VaucluseNielsen Park  6 Steele Point RoadSunday 13 June 11.45am to 2pm  

The locally acquired cases announced yesterday visited a number of venues in areas including Bondi Junction, Vaucluse, North Ryde and Zetland while potentially infectious.

Please check the NSW Health website regularly, as the list of venues of concern will be updated as investigations continue:

Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

A new pop-up testing clinic has opened at the Albion Street Centre Laverty Pathology, 150 Albion Street (Crown Street entrance), Surry Hills. It is open 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.

A number of other clinics have had their opening hours extended:

  • Bondi Beach drive-through, Parks Drive, North Bondi (enter on the junction of Campbell Parade and Beach Road) – open 7.30am to 10pm, seven days a week
  • Prince of Wales Hospital, enter via Building 14B, Avoca Street, Randwick – open 9am-8pm until Friday initially
  • Bondi Junction Laverty drive-through, Level 2, car park, 38 Waverley Street, Bondi Junction – open  8am to 8pm, seven days a week
  • Rose Bay Laverty drive-through, Lyne Park, Vickery Avenue car park, Rose Bay – open 8am to 10pm, seven days a week
  • St Vincent’s Hospital, East Sydney Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton Street, Darlinghurst (access from Palmer Street entrance) – open 8am to 10pm, seven days a week
  • North Ryde Laverty drive-through, 60 Waterloo Road, North Ryde – open 7.30am to 8pm, seven days a week

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit or contact your GP.

Investigations are also continuing into the source of a COVID-19 case diagnosed in hotel quarantine, which has an identical viral sequence to two cases who were staying in an adjacent room at the Radisson Blu hotel.

Out of an abundance of caution, 22 returned travellers who were on the same floor of the Radisson Blu hotel between 1 June  and 5 June and were subsequently discharged have been asked to get tested immediately and self-isolate pending further advice from NSW Health. These 22 travellers all returned negative results on Day 12 of their quarantine period.

NSW Health has also asked all staff who worked on the fourth floor between 1 June and 5 June to get tested immediately and isolate.

NSW Health is treating 37 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (97 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW:

Likely source of infectionCases
past 24 hours*
Cases past 7 days**All cases
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster111,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing111
Under initial investigation000

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 15 June 2021 to 8pm 16 June 2021

**from 8pm 10 June 2021 to 8pm 16 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses6,038424,303
NSW Health – second doses10,387207,593

* notified from 8pm 15 June 2021 to 8pm 16 June 2021

Note: NSW Health’s vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.

Vision of today’s press conference will be uploaded here: