COVID-19 Update – 189 new cases in western Sydney, one death at Westmead Hospital, 452 cases across NSW – Tuesday, 17 August 2021

NSW recorded 452 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 129 are linked to a known case or cluster – 105 are household contacts and 24 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 323 cases is under investigation.

One hundred and one cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 24 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Thirty cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 297 cases remains under investigation.

Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Sixteen previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation and data reconciliation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 14,227.

We want to call out the following seven suburbs and we ask everybody in those suburbs to be especially careful. Do not leave home unless you have to and please come forward for vaccination – Blacktown, Seven Hills, Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Bankstown and Greenacre.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of one person who had COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 57 since June 16, and the number of lives lost to 113 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Case details

Of the 452 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 189 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 132 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 32 are from Sydney LHD, 25 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 24 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 18 are from Western NSW LHD, 13 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 10 are from Hunter New England LHD, one is from Central Coast LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and seven cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 8,654 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 447 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 69 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

There were 151,767 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 156,495.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 9,767 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,237,678 with 1,896,563 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 3,341,115 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Sunday, 15th August 2021.

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

Get tested

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 more than 40 testing clinics in western Sydney today and more than 440 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.