NSW recorded 466 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Of these locally acquired cases, 121 are linked to a known case or cluster – 101 are household contacts and 20 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 345 cases is under investigation.
Seventy-six cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 19 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Sixty-eight cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 303 remains under investigation.
One new case was acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Four previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 12,903.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of four people who had COVID-19.
A man in his 70s from south western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.
A man in his 80s from south western Sydney died at Concord Hospital.
A woman in her 40s from northern Sydney also died at Concord Hospital.
A woman in her 70s from south western Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital.
NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.
This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 43 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 99 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 378 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 64 people in intensive care, 29 of whom require ventilation.
There were 129,352 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 127,988.
Of the 466 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 166 are from Western Sydney LHD, 106 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 59 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 37 are from Sydney LHD, 30 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 26 are from Western NSW LHD, 16 are from Hunter New England LHD, 15 are from Northern Sydney LHD, five are from Central Coast LHD, two are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and four currently have unknown addresses.
To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.
NSW Health administered 29,397 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,988 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,908,840 with 1,816,359 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 3,092,481 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Thursday, 12 August 2021.
Regional lockdown extensions
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions will be extended for the Armidale Regional Local Government Area, including the towns of Armidale and Guyra, until 12.01am Sunday 22 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 29 July 2021.
The rules for this area will be the same as those already in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, and Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock.
NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Ballina and Broken Hill sewage treatment plants.
The Ballina sewage treatment plant serves about 31,100 people and the Broken Hill sewage treatment plant serves about 9,900 people.
These areas are of particular concern, as there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Ballina or Broken Hill. Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
While there are known cases in Raymond Terrace, NSW Health is also urging local residents to be vigilant in the area as the Raymond Terrace sewage treatment plant has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Raymond Terrace sewage treatment plant in the Hunter region serves about 35,000 people.
A number of new western Sydney venues of concern were announced overnight in Auburn, Blacktown, Merrylands and Seven Hills.
We have new testing clinics in both Blacktown and Northmead.
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.