NSW recorded 344 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 115 are linked to a known case or cluster – 97 are household contacts and 18 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 229 cases is under investigation.
143 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 36 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 65 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 100 remains under investigation.
No 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 11,713.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of two deaths of people with COVID-19.
A man in his 30s from northern Sydney died at Northern Beaches Hospital.
A man in his 90s from south west Sydney died at Concord Hospital.
We extend our sincere sympathies to their loved ones.
This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 34 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 91 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 374 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 62 people in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.
There have been 119,256 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 95,037.
Of the 344 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 112 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 110 are from Western Sydney LHD, 43 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 29 are from Sydney LHD, 23 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 14 are from Hunter New England LHD, seven are from Northern Sydney LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD.
There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD). These cases, who are members of the same household, will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.
There are 14 new cases in the Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD). Eleven are linked to previously reported cases, and the source of three cases is still under investigation.
Seven of these cases are in the Newcastle area, six are in Lake Macquarie, and one is in the Maitland area.
This brings the total number of cases in the District to 53.
There are two new cases in the Central Coast LHD. The source of these infections is under investigation. This brings the total number of cases in the District to 23.
One new case is in the Shellharbour area. Investigations are ongoing.
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Wollongong sewage treatment plant. The sewage treatment plant serves 56,000 people.
Lockdown for Dubbo
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for the Dubbo Local Government Area (LGA), which includes Wellington, Wongarbon, Geurie, Brocklehurst, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Eumungerie, effective from 1pm today until the beginning of 19 August 2021.
Following updated health advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Dubbo LGA or have been there on or after 1 August 2021.
The rules for this area will be the same as those already in place across Greater Sydney, as well as Tamworth, Northern Rivers, 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 social 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 Dubbo LGA without a reasonable excuse to do so. Dubbo residents are urged to limit their movements in the community at this time and to come forward for testing for even the mildest of symptoms.
NSW Health administered a record 30,510 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,100 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,532,296 with 1,728,339 doses administered by NSW Health and 2,863,627 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.
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.