COVID-19 Update – One death, 262 new cases, tighter restrictions for Penrith – Sunday, 8 August 2021

NSW recorded 262 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Eighty-six cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 26 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-six cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 104 remains under investigation.

Six new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Eighteen previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation and data reconciliation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 10,728.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of a person with COVID-19. A woman in her 80s, who had been a resident at the Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill, died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. We extend our sincere sympathies to her loved ones.

This brings to 28 the number of COVID-related deaths during the current outbreak, and to 84 the number of lives lost since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 5,169 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.   

There are currently 362 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 58 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

Of the 58 cases in intensive care, five are in their 20s, seven in their 30s, four in their 40s, 17 in their 50s, seven in their 60s, 15 in the 70s and three in their 80s.

There were 95,480 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 108,449.

Cases and testing overview

Of the 262 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 88 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 88 are from Western Sydney LHD, 31 are from Sydney LHD, 21 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 17 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 12 are from Hunter New England LHD, three are from Northern Sydney LHD and two are from Central Coast LHD.

Due to a notable increase in community transmission in recent days, twelve suburbs in the City of Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) will now be part of areas of concern, along with the eight previously identified LGAs, and have additional restrictions from 5pm today (Sunday).

These suburbs, which are adjacent to the Cumberland and Liverpool LGAs, are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s.

New restrictions for Penrith

Due to a notable increase in community transmission in recent days, twelve suburbs in the City of Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) will now be part of areas of concern, along with the eight previously identified LGAs, and have additional restrictions from 5pm today (Sunday).

These suburbs, which are adjacent to the Cumberland and Liverpool LGAs, are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Marys.

In lines with the restrictions currently in place for Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta LGAs, people in these 12 suburbs must only obtain food or other goods and services, and exercise, within 5km of their home. You cannot travel to other areas for work unless you are an authorised worker. 

Masks need to be worn whenever outdoors (except when in common property such as the backyard of an apartment block). Masks do not have to be worn while travelling in a car alone or with members of your household in a car, or while exercising vigorously. Full details of the additional restrictions are available at www.nsw.gov.au 

New case locations

Three new cases have been identified on the Central Coast, all of whom are contacts of previously reported cases. Two cases are linked to Lake Munmorah Public School and one case is a household contact of a case linked to a workplace in Sydney. This brings to 12 the total number of cases on the Central Coast.

Seven new cases have been confirmed in Hunter New England LHD, bringing to 20 the number of cases in the district, three of which are in Armidale.

One new case has been confirmed in Armidale, a household contact of the two cases reported yesterday. Four new cases are in the Newcastle area are young people – two linked to the Blacksmith Beach gathering and two to the University of Newcastle. There are also new cases in a student at Morisset High School, who is a close contact of a previously reported case, and man in his 30s from Raymond Terrace – the source of his infection is under investigation.

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions have been introduced for the Armidale Regional LGA, including the towns of Armidale and Guyra, effective until 12.01am Sunday 15 August.

Following updated health advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, stay-at-home orders apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after 29 July. The rules are the same as those in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, and Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock.

Everyone in these areas must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave and they cannot have visitors in their home, except in limited circumstances. This applies to all social visits from those outside your household, including family and friends.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage systems in Dubbo and Mudgee in the state’s central west and Mittagong in the Southern Highlands. The samples were collected on 4, 5 and 6 August.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 20,612 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,523 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,400,024, with 1,657,342 doses administered by NSW Health and 2,742,682 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.

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 34 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.