NSW recorded 283 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
106 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 42 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 64 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 71 remains under investigation.
Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Two previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 11,012.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of a person with COVID-19. A woman in her 90s from northern Sydney died at Greenwich Hospital yesterday. We extend our sincere sympathies to her loved ones.
This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 29 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 85 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 349 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 67 people in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.
NSW has reached the major milestone of 10 million tests, with a record 133,840 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 95,480.
New case locations
There are six new cases in the Hunter New England Local Health District, making a total of 26 in the district.
A further case has been notified overnight in a young woman who had been exposed in Newcastle and travelled to Tamworth while infectious.
A number of contact venues have been identified in Tamworth. Please check the NSW website for updated information. As a precaution anyone in the Tamworth area should immediately isolate and have a COVID-19 test if they have even the mildest of symptoms.
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for the Tamworth Local Government Area, from 5pm today until 12.01am Tuesday 16 August.
Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after 5 August 2021.
The rules for this area will be the same as those already in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Armidale, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock.
We are asking people not to seek exceptions to the rules, but to ensure they comply with them so we do not see further cases of COVID-19 in the community.
A case has been notified overnight in a man in his 50s in the Byron area. Investigations are underway into the source of his infection and venues he may have visited in the area.
As a precaution everybody who is in the following local government areas should immediately isolate and have a COVID-19 test if they have even the mildest of symptoms: Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Lismore, Kyogle and Ballina.
Due to a notable increase in community transmission in recent days, twelve suburbs in the City of Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) are now part of areas of concern, along with the eight previously identified LGAs, and have additional restrictions in place.
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.
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. Full details of the additional restrictions are available at www.nsw.gov.au
NSW Health administered 11,327 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 2,940 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
NSW Health administered 158,963 vaccines in the week ending Sunday 8 August, including 52,244 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,449,056 with 1,668,669 doses administered by NSW Health and 2,780,387 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.