NSW recorded 77 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 55 are linked to a known case or cluster – 39 are household contacts and 16 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 22 cases remains under investigation.
Thirty-two cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and nine cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Thirty-three cases were infectious in the community, and three cases remain under investigation.
Five new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 6,054.
Sadly, a woman in her 90s from south west Sydney died yesterday at Liverpool Hospital. She was a close contact of a locally acquired case and was tested for COVID-19 on Friday, returning a positive result early yesterday morning. NSW Health extends its sincere sympathies to her family.
There are currently 52 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 15 people in intensive care, five of whom require ventilation.
Tougher restrictions in place
People in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave. We cannot have visitors to our homes and everyone is reminded that your household only includes those who live with you, not any other family members.
We are asking people not to seek exceptions to the rules, but to ensure they comply with them so we reduce the number of infectious cases of COVID-19 in the community.
Stay up to date with restrictions on the NSW Government website.
Of the 79 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 52 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 11 are from Sydney LHD and 10 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD. Transmission in these areas continues to be of great concern.
Eleven further cases have been recorded to 8pm last night linked to a gathering at the Meriton Suites Waterloo on Saturday 26 June. This brings the total number of cases linked to this venue to 46, seven people who attended the gathering and 39 subsequent contacts.
The majority of the 77 new locally acquired cases reported today are linked to known cases and are particularly prominent among family members, friends and other close contacts, such as work colleagues.
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in a number of sewerage systems in Sydney. Of particular concern are detections at Castle Hill-Cattai, Penrith and Port Kembla, which currently have no known cases. This is the third time Penrith has tested positive with no known cases.
Penrith sewage treatment plant serves about 97,000 people in suburbs including Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Leonay, Emu Plains, Glenbrook, Penrith, South Penrith, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Regentville, Lapstone, Orchard Hills, Kingswood, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Llandilo, Sun Valley, Mount Riverview, Emu Heights, Jordan Springs, Mulgoa, Warrimoo, Blaxland and Yellow Rock, as well as the Blue Mountains National Park.
Castle Hill-Cattai sewage treatment plant serves approximately 8,400 people in suburbs including Glenhaven, Dural, Kenthurst, Kellyville and Castle Hill.
Port Kembla sewage network serves about 49,000 people in suburbs including Windang, Lake Heights, Cringila, Warrawong, Koonawarra, Brownsville, Dapto, Berkeley, Kanahooka, Horsley, Avondale, Cleveland, Unanderra, Kembla Grange, Primbee and Port Kembla.
People in these areas are asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of any cold-like symptoms, and if they appear, to be tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.
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.
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.