Public Health Alert – 31 new cases in NSW as western Sydney urged to get tested – Friday, 2 July 2021

NSW recorded 31 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, of which 27 are linked to previously confirmed cases.

One new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,697.

There have been 226 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported. Of these, 188 are now directly linked to other cases in the Bondi cluster.

There were 73,602 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 59,941.

NSW has now administered more than seven million COVID-19 tests. NSW Health wishes to thank the community for coming out for testing in such high numbers, and continues to urge anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health administered a record 21,289 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,057 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.  

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,280,762, with 872,689 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,408,073 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 June.

Case details

Of today’s 31 new locally acquired cases, 11 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods. A further 3 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious periods. 12 cases were infectious in the community. Five cases remain under investigation.

Eight of the cases reported today are associated with a healthcare worker announced Wednesday, June 30. This means a total of ten cases, including the first healthcare worker announced, are now linked. Nine of these cases are healthcare or aged care workers. 

More than 390 staff and patients have been identified as close contacts to date, with investigations into the source of the first case’s infection and contact tracing ongoing.

One new case today is linked to the West Hoxton birthday party. This brings the total number of cases acquired through the birthday party to 42, including 27 people who acquired their infection at the party and 15 subsequent contacts.

Three new cases are linked to Lyfe Café Bondi Beach. The total number of cases linked to this venue is now 28, seven of whom acquired their infection at the café and 21 of whom were subsequent contacts.

There were no new cases linked to the Great Ocean Foods seafood wholesaler in Marrickville. The total number of cases linked to this location remains at 19, including 13 who acquired their infections at the premises and six subsequent contacts.

One new case was linked to Joh Bailey Double Bay. The total number of cases linked to Joh Bailey is now 14, including nine people who acquired their infection at the salon and five subsequent contacts.

Two new cases were linked to Crossways Hotel. This brings the total number of cases linked to the hotel to 12, including eight people who acquired their infection at the hotel and four subsequent contacts.

Venues of concern and sewage detections

To keep our community safe, please follow NSW Health advice. If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route of concern.

In the past 24 hours, NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the sewerage systems at Ireland Park, Hornsby Heights, Dulwich Hill, Canterbury, Homebush, Cronulla and West Camden.

Homebush sewage pumping station serves about 40,500 people in suburbs including Homebush West, Strathfield, Rookwood, Concord West, Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point, Newington, Lidcombe, Homebush, Silverwater, Petersham, Liberty Grove, Rhodes, North Strathfield and Concord.

NSW Health is aware of recently diagnosed cases of COVID in all of these areas except Hornsby Heights, which takes in suburbs including Hornsby, Asquith, Mount Kuring-Gai, Mount Colah, Hornsby Heights, Berowra Heights, Cowan and Berowra.

Anyone who lives or works in any of these areas, but especially Hornsby Heights, is asked to be particularly vigilant for the onset of any symptoms that could signal COVID-19. If they appear, please immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Get tested

A full list of venues of concern in western Sydney can be found here.

We have extended hours and opened more clinics across western Sydney including in Auburn, Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, West Pennant Hills, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Merrylands, Seven Hills and Parramatta to support the community to get tested.

Opening hours, locations and details are available on the NSW Government website or by contacting your GP.

A new COVID-19 Walk-through Testing Clinic has been established at Auburn Central Town Square.

Testing is FREE and no booking or GP referral is required.

There are over 30 testing clinics in western Sydney and more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.

To find your nearest clinic visit here or contact your GP.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.