NSW recorded 356 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 147 are linked to a known case or cluster – 119 are household contacts and 28 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 209 cases is under investigation.
One hundred and two cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 40 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Fifty-seven cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 157 remains under investigation.
Four new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Three previously reported cases were excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is now 11,369.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of four people who had COVID-19.
A man in his 80s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. He acquired his infection as part of the Liverpool Hospital outbreak.
There have now been six deaths linked with this outbreak. NSW Health and the staff at Liverpool Hospital extend their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these patients.
A woman in her 80s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. She is not linked to the Liverpool Hospital outbreak. A man in his 70s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital.
A man in his 80s from northern NSW died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He acquired his infection overseas and is not linked to the current outbreak.
NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these patients.
This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 32 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost since the beginning of the pandemic is now 89.
There are currently 357 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 60 people in intensive care, 28 of whom require ventilation.
There have been 95,037 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 133,840.
Of the 356 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 121 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 113 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 40 are from Sydney LHD, 38 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 24 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 13 are from Hunter New England LHD and seven are from Northern Sydney LHD.
NSW Health administered a record 29,160 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,684 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,492,372 with 1,697,829 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,794,543 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Sunday 8 August 2021.
To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.
Byron Bay and surrounds in lockdown
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions have been introduced for the Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina Shire Local Government Areas, until 12.01am Tuesday 17 August.
Following updated health advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after 31 July 2021.
The rules for these areas will be the same as those already in place across Greater Sydney, as well as Tamworth, Armidale, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock.
Everyone in these areas must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.
People still can have one visitor at one time to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together.
People also cannot enter the Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore, and Ballina Shire Local Government Areas, without a reasonable excuse to do so.
All western Sydney venues of concern can be found here.
NSW Health was notified this evening that fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in the Mannering Park Sewage Network.
NSW Health is asking everyone in this area to be especially vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear get tested and isolate immediately until a negative result is received.
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.