COVID-19 Update – 67 new cases in western Sydney, 199 in NSW as people urged to get vaccinated ASAP – Tuesday, 3 August 2021

NSW recorded 199 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 88 are linked to a known case or cluster – 67 are household contacts and 21 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 111 cases is under investigation.

Seventy cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 32 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Fifty cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 47 cases remains under investigation.

Three 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 9,372.

There have been 3,832 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.   

There are currently 250 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 53 people in intensive care, 20 of whom require ventilation.

There were 104,536 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 117,009.

Case details

Of the 199 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 73 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 67 are from Western Sydney LHD, 35 are from Sydney LHD, 12 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, nine are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, and three are from Northern Sydney LHD.

Six of the new cases recorded to 8pm last night were at Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill. This includes five new cases in residents, and one additional case in a staff member.

This brings the total number of cases linked to this facility to 20, including 18 residents and two staff members, since the first case was reported on 29 July.

Westmead Hospital staff member tests positive; no impact to patient care

As reported today, a Westmead Hospital staff member has tested positive to COVID-19. The staff member worked for three days while infectious last week. The staff member was fully vaccinated.

Thirty-six staff members have been identified as close contacts and are isolating. Patient care has not been affected.

Investigations into the source of the infection indicates that it was acquired in the community.

The affected areas have been deep cleaned and there has been no further transmission associated with this case to date.

Our highest priority is always the safety of patients and our staff.

Additional rules for Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta LGAs

From 12.01am on Friday, 30 July 2021, residents of the eight Local Government Areas of concern (Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta) will be subject to new exercise, mask and shopping rules. These rules will only be applied to any LGA that is determined to be of concern now and into the future:

  • Exercise, outdoor recreation and singles bubble visits must be done within 5kms of the person’s home;
  • Individuals cannot travel more than 5kms from home for shopping, unless the goods or services are not readily available in that area; and
  • Masks must be worn at all times outside the home regardless of proximity to others.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 25,312 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,977 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 3,968,811 with 1,535,018 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,433,793 administered by the GP network and other providers.

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

Where to get your COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment in western Sydney.

Get tested

All western Sydney venues of concern can be found here.

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.

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 37 testing clinics in western Sydney today and more than 410 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.