COVID-19 Update – Merrylands supermarket on alert after 40 cases in western Sydney, 124 cases in NSW – Thursday, 22 July 2021

NSW recorded 124 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 40 in Western Sydney Local Health District.

Of these locally acquired cases, 67 are linked to a known case or cluster – 45 are household contacts and 22 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 57 cases is under investigation.

37 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 22 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 48 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 17 cases remains under investigation.

No new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Four cases reported previously, but since found to be false positives, have been excluded, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 7,164.

There have been 1,648 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are currently 118 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 28 people in intensive care, 14 of whom require ventilation.

There were 85,185 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, a new record compared with the previous day’s total of 83,477.

NSW Health administered 23,549 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,923 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 3,226,932, with 1,258,864 doses administered by NSW Health and 1,968,068 administered by the GP network and other providers.

Case details

Of the 124 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 54 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 40 are from Western Sydney LHD, 18 are from Sydney LHD, eight are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, two are from Northern Sydney LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and one is from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

As reported in a public health alert last night, a supermarket in Belrose in north-eastern Sydney and another in Merrylands, in south-western Sydney, have become venues of concern.

Anyone who attended the following venue at the times listed is a close contact and must 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:

BelroseWoolworthsGlenrose Village, 56-58 Glen StreetSaturday 10 July 8:30am to 8:40am Thursday 15 July 7:30am to 9:00am Friday 16 July 5:55am to 4:30pm Saturday 17 July 5:55am to 3:10pm Sunday 18 July 5:55am to 4:30pm Monday 19 July 6:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday 20 July 7:30am to 9:00am
Merrylands  Star City Supermarket Merrylands RoadMonday 12 July 6:45pm to 7:00pm Tuesday 13 July 5:30pm to 7:00pm Wednesday 14 July 5:30pm to 7:00pm Thursday 15 July 12:45pm to 2:15pm

Surveillance testing

NSW Health is extending its surveillance testing program to health and aged care workers who live in the Canterbury Bankstown Local Government Area (LGA).

From Friday 23 July, a person who lives in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA can only work in health or aged care outside of the LGA if they have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours.

These workers include all those who work in aged care facilities and all those who provide health services or ancillary or support services, including those such as cleaners, cooks, and security providers.


To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions are in place for the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas until 12.01am Wednesday 28 July.

Stay-at-home orders apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after Saturday 17 July. COVID-19 testing clinics are open at Bathurst, Orange, Parkes, Blayney and Molong.

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.

It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.

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.

There are 39 testing clinics in western Sydney today and more than 400 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week.

To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

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