NSW recorded 291 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 120 are linked to a known case or cluster – 95 are household contacts and 25 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 171 cases is under investigation.
91 were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 48 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 48 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 104 cases remains under investigation.
No new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One previously reported case was excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 10,157.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of a person with COVID-19. A woman in her 60s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. We extend our sincere sympathies to her loved ones.
The number of COVID-related deaths during the current outbreak is now 22. There are now a total 79 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Of the 291 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 123 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 84 are from Western Sydney LHD, 30 are from Sydney LHD, 24 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 13 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, eight are from Central Coast LHD, five are from Northern Sydney LHD and four are from Hunter New England LHD.
Update for students
Today, the NSW Premier announced students who live in the eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern will not be able to have any face-to-face learning for the foreseeable future until otherwise advised.
Outside of those LGAs of concern, there will be a flexible model for HSC students. HSC trials will be completed at home.
From Monday next week, HSC students from the eight LGAs will be invited to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at the Qudos Bank Arena NSW Vaccination Centre operated by WSLHD.
Students will receive information about how to book online directly.
Cases and testing overview
There are currently 304 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 50 people in intensive care, 22 of whom require ventilation.
There were 109,547 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 106,954.
Today, NSW Health can confirm two new cases of COVID-19 in the Newcastle area, bringing the number of cases in the area to seven. There were no new cases on the Central Coast, following the nine cases announced yesterday.
Of the two new cases in the Hunter, a woman in her 60s is linked to the known Central Coast household cases announced yesterday. A woman in her 20s is a household contact of a case in the Newcastle area announced yesterday.
Twelve staff members at KFC Punchbowl in Sydney’s south-west have tested positive to COVID-19. Anyone who attended the venue at 1323/1325 Canterbury Road at any time in the seven days from Tuesday 27 July to Monday 2 August inclusive is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway.
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the sewage systems in Shortland and Burwood Beach in the Newcastle area and Mudgee in the state’s central west.
New case locations
NSW Health has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID‑19.
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result. NSW Health sends a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information. We also make a follow-up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements. If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553.
|Jesmond||HealthSure Medical Centre||Stockland Jesmond Shopping Centre, Blue Gum Road||Monday 2 August 3.20pm to 3.55pm|
|Thornton||Jump N Swim Academy||6 Sandringham Avenue||Wednesday 4 August 5pm to 5.30pm|
Anyone who attended the following location at the times listed is a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received. Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days. If your exposure at this venue was in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms appear, get tested and isolate again.
|Mascot||Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal 2||Keith Smith Avenue||Monday 2 August 6:00am to 7:00am Wednesday 4 August 9:45am to 10:45am|
NSW Health administered 24,894 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,495 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,221,181, with 1,610,578 doses administered by NSW Health and 2,610,603 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.
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.
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.