NSW recorded 141 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 87 are linked to a known case or cluster – 71 are household contacts and 16 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 54 cases is under investigation.
Sixty-five cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 24 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Thirty-eight cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 14 cases remains under investigation.
No new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is now 7,603.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of two COVID-related deaths in the early hours of this morning.
A woman in her late 30s from Sydney CBD died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. A woman in her 70s from south west Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital. NSW Health expresses its deepest condolences to the loved ones of both women. There has now been eight COVID-related deaths in NSW during this current outbreak.
There are currently 141 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 43 people in intensive care, 18 of whom require ventilation.
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A record 102,233 COVID-19 tests were reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 93,910.
NSW Health administered 20,413 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,480 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 3,434,545, with 1,330,199 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,104,346 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Friday 23 July 2021.
Of the 141 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 62 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 46 are from Western Sydney LHD, 19 are from Sydney LHD, 10 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, three are from Central Coast LHD and one is from Northern Sydney LHD.
Southern Highlands sewage detection
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plant at Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands. There are no known cases in this area.
Moss Vale sewage treatment plant serves about 9,000 people in the area.
Everyone in the area is asked to be especially vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.
NSW Health continues to urge everyone throughout NSW, to get tested immediately if they have even the mildest of symptoms and isolate until they receive a negative result. High rates of testing are critical to detecting transmission and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the community.
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.