COVID-19 Update – 112 cases, 34 infectious in the community as Sydney at “critical phase” – Monday, 12 July 2021

NSW recorded 112 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 64 are linked to a known case or cluster – 41 are household contacts and 23 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 48 cases remains under investigation.

Forty-eight cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 12 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Thirty-four cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 18 cases remain under investigation.

Four new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 6,170.

There have been 678 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are currently 63 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 18 people in intensive care, four of whom require ventilation.

There were 46,478 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 48,754.

NSW Health administered 11,467 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,532 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

NSW Health administered 131,401 vaccines in the week ending Sunday 11 July, including 47,978 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,703,690, with 1,053,060 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,650,630 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 10 July.

Case details

Of the 112 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 84 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 16 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 7 are from Western Sydney LHD and 5 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

While there are a large number of cases and exposure venues in south west Sydney, particularly the Fairfield area, we are now seeing cases of COVID-19 and exposure venues throughout many parts of Greater Sydney, particularly in retail settings.

You must stay at home

People in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave. You should only be shopping for essential items and only leaving the house for as short a period of time as possible. We encourage people to shop online or use click and collect options. If you do leave home for an essential reason, remember to check in anywhere you attend.

Transmission in workplaces remains a concern. Everyone should work from home if possible. For essential workplaces:

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.

Venues of concern and transmission in apartments

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

Three cases reported to 8pm last night are linked to Imedic Icare Medical Centre in Fairfield.

Anyone who attended the Medical Centre on Thursday 8 July from 11am to 3pm, and Friday 9 July from 1pm to 6.30pm is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health.

Four 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 50.

NSW Health is working with residents of an apartment block in the Eastern Suburbs where eight cases of COVID have been identified in recent days across five different households.

These cases reinforce the need for everyone to wear a face mask in a shared foyer or lobby, lifts, stairwells and corridors, and shared laundry facilities of apartment complexes. This advice applies to everyone, including residents, visitors, building managers, concierge staff, contractors, delivery drivers and cleaners.

Get tested

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 thanks the community for coming forward for testing. High testing numbers are vital in detecting cases of COVID-19 in order to prevent further transmission, and to keep our friends and families safe. We continue to urge anyone with even the mildest of symptoms to be tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, be tested and isolate again.

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.

We have also opened new clinics at The Granville Centre and Guildford Swimming Centre.

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.