COVID-19 Update – Two deaths as NSW records 345 new cases, Cumberland on high alert – Thursday, 12 August 2021

NSW recorded 345 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 128 are linked to a known case or cluster – 101 are household contacts and 27 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 217 cases is under investigation.

116 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 34 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 57 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 138 remains under investigation.

Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Three previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 12,056.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of two people who had COVID-19.

A man in his 90s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. He acquired his infection as part of the Liverpool Hospital outbreak.

There have now been seven deaths linked with this outbreak.

A man in his 90s died at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was a resident at Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these patients.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 36 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 93 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 6,491 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 374 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 62 people in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.

Of the 62 cases in intensive care, three are in their 20s, seven are in their 30s, five are in their 40s, 13 are in their 50s, 13 are in their 60s, 19 in their 70s and two in their 80s.

There was a record 151,830 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 119,256.

Case details

Of the 345 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 120 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 85 are from Western Sydney LHD, 61 are from Sydney LHD, 25 are from Hunter New England LHD, 24 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 19 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, seven are from Northern Sydney LHD, two are from Western NSW LHD and two have unknown addresses.

Due to increasing concerns about community transmission, Burwood, Strathfield and Bayside Local Government Areas (LGA) will now have additional restrictions from 5pm today, in line with previously identified LGAs of concern and 12 suburbs in Penrith LGA.

Suburbs in Bayside LGA include Botany, Brighton le-Sands, Bexley, Banksia, Kogarah, Mascot, Rockdale and Sans Souci.

People in these LGAs 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 

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions are now in place for the local government areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren. Effective until the beginning of 19 August, stay-at-home orders apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after 5 August.

The same restrictions have also been introduced for Dubbo LGA which includes Wellington, Wongarbon, Geurie, Brocklehurst, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Eumungerie. Effective until the beginning of 19 August, stay-at-home orders apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after 1 August.

There have been three new cases identified in Dubbo overnight. These cases are linked to the cases reported yesterday. This brings the total of cases in Western NSW to six.

There are 24 new cases across the Hunter New England LHD, making a total of 77 in the district since 5 August.

Twelve are associated with the Residential Aged Care Facility, RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth, including eleven residents and one staff member. The remaining 12 cases today are linked to previously reported cases.

The current stay-at-home orders across Hunter New England will be extended for one week until 12:01am Friday, 20 August. These rules apply to people in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock.

There has been one new case of COVID-19 in Nepean Mental Health Centre in a staff member.  This brings the total cases linked to the centre to 10, which includes nine consumers and one staff member.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Bomaderry sewage treatment plant, which serves 18,000 people on the south coast.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 30,425 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,552 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,698,473, with 1,758,764 doses administered by NSW Health and 2,939,709 administered by the GP network and other providers.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.

Get tested

All western Sydney venues of concern can be found here.

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 43 testing clinics in western Sydney today and more than 420 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.