Public Health Alert – Stay-at-home restrictions extended to 16 July, school restrictions in place – Wednesday, 7 July 2021

NSW recorded 27 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 18 are linked to a known case or cluster – seven are household contacts and 11 are close contacts – and the source of infection for nine cases remains under investigation.

One new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 5,836.

There have been 357 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are now 264 cases directly linked to known cases in the Bondi cluster. There are 25 cases that are unlinked to a known case or cluster, with a further 68 who are linked to these 25 unlinked cases.

There are currently 37 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with seven people in intensive care, two of whom require ventilation.

There were 45,000 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 32,136.

NSW Health administered 20,564 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,135 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,474,124, with 962,785 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,511,339 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Monday 5 July.

Stay-at-home restrictions extended to 16 July

Given the ongoing cases of community transmission and following updated health advice, the current lockdown will be extended for another week until 11:59pm on Friday, 16 July.

The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until this time.

Face-to-face learning will resume in regional NSW when school returns on Tuesday, 13 July.

Learning will be online for schools and students in Greater Sydney from Tuesday, 13 July for four days. Schools will remain open for students who need them and no child will be turned away from school.

All students will return to the classroom on Monday, 19 July.

This decision is based on health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant and will assist NSW Health’s efforts to contain the delta strain.

Our first and foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of the community.

The delta strain requires a different response to previous outbreaks, and until the majority of our population is vaccinated, we cannot live as freely as we would like to.

We would like to thank the community and businesses for their patience and understanding during this time.

Please continue to come forward for COVID-19 testing to help us find any unrecognised chains of transmission in the community.

In coming days the NSW Government will detail a plan for exiting from restrictions to give the community and businesses certainty in the coming weeks and months.

For the latest information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Case details

Of today’s 27 new locally acquired cases, 13 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods and seven cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Seven cases were infectious in the community.

Two new cases to 8pm last night are associated with SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care facility. One is a resident and one is an aged care worker.

The aged worker has received their first Pfizer dose. When this worker was identified as a close contact, they went into isolation immediately, but had worked at the beginning of their infectious period.

The resident is the wife of a previous case, who also resides at the aged care facility. She had been transferred to Westmead Hospital with her husband, who was one of five residents transferred to the hospital for observation, out of an abundance of caution, after testing positive for COVID-19. She is fully vaccinated.

This brings the total number of cases associated with the aged care facility to 10, including six residents and four aged care workers.

Three further cases have been recorded to 8pm last night linked to a gathering at the Meriton Suites Waterloo on Saturday 26 June.

These cases were contacts of people who attended the gathering, and bring the total number of cases linked to this venue to 15.

Seven people who attended the gathering have tested positive for COVID-19 and eight household contacts of these people have also tested positive.

Venues of concern

Anyone – including guests, staff and contractors – who was on any level of the Meriton Suites, 30 Danks Street, Waterloo, for any amount of time between 7pm on Saturday 26 June and 8am on Monday 5 July must immediately get tested and isolate until you receive further advice from NSW Health.

Two cases to 8pm last night are linked to the Commonwealth Bank in Roselands Shopping Centre.

If you were at the Commonwealth Bank Roselands at any of the following times, you are a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. Please also call 1800 943 553 unless you have already been contacted by NSW Health.

  • Monday 28 June, 8am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 29 June, 8am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 30 June, 8am to 3.30pm

Sewage detections

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 at a number of locations around Sydney. The detections at Minto and Marrickville  sewage treatment plants are of particular concern, as there are no known cases in these catchments. A detection in the Cronulla catchment is also of concern as it has had no new cases in the past week. People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 can continue to shed fragments of the virus for several weeks.

The Minto catchment covers about 101,300 people in suburbs including Rosemeadow, St Helens Park, Englorie Park, Ambarvale, Blair Athol, Glen Alpine, Airds, Ruse, Minto, Bow Bowing, St Andrews, Raby, Gregory Hills, Bradbury, Leumeah, Campbelltown, Woodbine, Currans Hill, Eschol Park, Eagle Vale, Blairmount, Kearns, Claymore, Mount Annan, Gilead, Menangle Park, Minto Heights, Ingleburn and Kentlyn.

The Marrickville catchment covers about 42,000 people in suburbs including Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Summer Hill, Lewisham, Ashfield, Haberfield, Stanmore, Petersham, Lilyfield and Leichhardt.

The Cronulla catchment covers about 233,000 and covers suburbs including Bundeena, Caringbah South, Burraneer, Dolans Bay, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Port Hacking, Greenhills Beach, Woolooware, Cronulla, Caringbah, Kurnell, Botany Bay, Miranda, Royal National Park, Clifton, Coalcliff, Stanwell Park, Otford, Waterfall, Lilyvale, Helensburgh, Woronora Dam, Stanwell Tops, Caringbah South, Yarrawarrah, Grays Point, Kirrawee, Woronora Heights, Barden Ridge, Gymea Bay, Sutherland, Loftus, Bangor, Yowie Bay, Woronora, Engadine, Heathcote, Maddens Plains, Taren Point, Sylvania Waters, Caringbah, Kangaroo Point, Como, Bonnet Bay, Kirrawee, Jannali, Oyster Bay, Kareela, Woronora Heights, Barden Ridge, Gymea, Sutherland, Loftus, Bangor, Woronora, Engadine, Alfords Point, Lucas Heights, Menai, Illawong, Miranda, Sylvania and Holsworthy.

Anyone who lives or works in or around these areas is asked to be particularly vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Get tested

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 at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

All other venues of concern in western Sydney can be found here – including updated venues of concern in Parramatta Westfield.

Anyone who visited Auburn Town Centre on or after 27 June to get tested for COVID-19, even if they do not have any symptoms. People with no symptoms or who have not been to close or casual venues do not need to strictly isolate while waiting for their test result, but should limit their movements outside the home to only the essentials.

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 www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.