COVID-19 Update – 350 of 818 new cases are in western Sydney, three more deaths, NSW hits 5.9 million vaccinations – Monday, 23 August 2021

NSW recorded 818 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 120 are linked to a known case or cluster – 94 are household contacts and 26 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 698 cases is under investigation.

47 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 15 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 42 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 714 cases remains under investigation.

Of the 818 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 350 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 237 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 74 are from Sydney LHD, 56 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 35 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 24 are from Western NSW LHD, 19 are from Northern Sydney LHD, three are from Far West LHD, two are from Hunter New England LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD, two are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, and 14 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

We remain concerned particularly about transmission in the south-western Sydney and western Sydney area, and again call on the populations of the following suburbs to please be vigilant for symptoms, please follow public health orders, and please get vaccinated. They are people from Blacktown and surrounding suburbs, Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Greystanes, Greenacre and Bankstown.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale

No new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and 15 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 18,611.

There have been 13,022 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

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

A man in his 80s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital, where he acquired his infection. His is the 11th death linked to an outbreak at the hospital’s geriatric ward.

A man in his 80s from Newcastle died at John Hunter Hospital, having acquired his infection at the RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village in Edgeworth. This is the second death linked to an outbreak at this aged care facility.

A woman in her 80s from south-west Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 74 since 16 June, and the number of lives lost to 130 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are currently 586 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 100 people in intensive care, 32 of whom require ventilation.

What has worried us over recent weeks as the increasing number of patients admitted to intensive care who are younger. They are staying in intensive care for longer, and they are needing care that cannot be provided anywhere else on the wards. There are those who are on breathing machines and on heart and lung machines. What is really worrying is the number of young patients who are coming in. Up to 25% have been less than 40.

Dr Huong Nguyen, intensive care specialist

There were 311,083 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 206,193.

Around 140,000 of these tests form part of a now cleared backlog of negative results which were unable to be processed on the day they were notified.

Get vaccinated

NSW Health administered 42,147 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 10,952 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. 

NSW Health administered a record 299,205 vaccines in the week ending Sunday 22 August, including 76,206 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,951,886, with 2,158,951 doses administered by NSW Health and 3,792,935 administered by the GP network and other providers.

The Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre is vaccinating anyone aged 16-39 from a local government area of concern. There are 120,000 Pfizer doses at Qudos Bank Arena next week alone and bookings are open now. Book here.

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 and over 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit here or contact your GP.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, visit nsw.gov.au.