COVID-19 Update – 38 new cases as Sydney urged to stay at home and avoid other households – Thursday, 8 July 2021

NSW recorded 38 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 26 are linked to a known case or cluster – 13 are household contacts and 13 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 12 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 5,875.

There have been 395 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are now 279 cases directly linked to known cases in the Bondi cluster. There are 29 cases that have not been directly linked to a known case or cluster, with a further 87 who are linked to these 29 unlinked cases.

There are currently 40 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 11 people in intensive care, three of whom require ventilation.

There were 39,733 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 45,000.

NSW Health administered 19,768 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,773 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,525,322, with 982,553 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,542,769 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Tuesday, 6 July 2021.

Case details

Of today’s 38 new locally acquired cases, 17 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods and nine cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Eleven cases were infectious in the community. One case remains under investigation.

One new case to 8pm last night is an aged care worker from SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care facility. They have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. When this worker was identified as a close contact, they went into isolation immediately, and this has resulted in no further exposures for residents at the facility.

This brings the total number of cases associated with the aged care facility to 11, including six residents and five aged care workers.

Five 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 21.

Of the 38 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 21 are from south-western Sydney and transmission in this area continues to be of great concern.

You cannot visit friends and family

We understand that it’s hard, but we simply cannot visit family and friends right now. Please use phone calls or digital options to stay in touch instead. It is vital that everybody stays home unless it is absolutely essential to leave the house.

When it is essential to leave, only one person should be going shopping per day, and only one person should be making care and compassionate visits.

Visits to family and friends are not an essential reason to leave the house. It’s important to remember that once one person has COVID-19, we are quickly seeing everyone in their household infected as well.

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.

NSW Health is urging anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to be immediately tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.

All other venues of concern in western Sydney can be found here.

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.