COVID-19 Update – Woman in her 40s one of two deaths, 390 new cases, Blacktown, Mount Druitt areas of concern – Friday, 13 August 2021

NSW recorded 390 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 140 are linked to a known case or cluster – 118 are household contacts and 22 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 250 cases is under investigation.

Ninety-eight cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 43 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Fifty-eight cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 191 remains under investigation.

One new case was acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Seven previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 12,440.

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

A man in his 90s from Newcastle died at RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth. He acquired his infection recently as part of the outbreak at the facility linked to a COVID positive staff member.

A woman in her 40s died at home in Southwest Sydney. She was a close contact of another confirmed case.

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

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 38 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 95 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 6,874 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 391 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 63 people in intensive care, 30 of whom require ventilation.

There were 127,988 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 151,830.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 28,198 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,649 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,801,310 with 1,786,962 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 3,014,348 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

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

Case details and sewage detections across NSW

Of the 390 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 138 are from Western Sydney LHD, 123 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 47 are from Sydney LHD, 32 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 30 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, seven are from Northern Sydney LHD, six are from Western NSW LHD, five are from Hunter New England LHD and two are from Central Coast LHD.

There have been 10 new cases identified in the Western NSW Local Health District overnight. This brings the total of cases in WNSWLHD to 16. Two new cases are in Walgett (taking the total to three), and eight are in Dubbo (taking the total to 13). All new cases appear to be linked to the case in Walgett confirmed yesterday.

There are five new cases across the Hunter New England LHD, making a total of 82 in the district since 5 August. One case is associated with the Residential Aged Care Facility, RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth. The remaining four cases today are linked to previously reported cases.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the regional sewage systems in Tamworth, Bomaderry, Bathurst, Parkes and Bourke sewage treatment plants.

Tamworth serves 45,000 people in north eastern New South Wales.

The Bomaderry sewage treatment plant, which serves 18,000 people on the south coast.

Bathurst serves 36,600 people in central western New South Wales. 

Parkes serves 11,600 people and Bourke serves 2,000 people in western NSW.

As there are no known cases of COVID-19 living in these areas, NSW Health urges local residents to be particularly vigilant for the onset of symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

While there are known cases in South Lismore, NSW Health is also urging local residents to be vigilant in the region as the South Lismore sewage treatment plant has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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 over 40 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.