COVID-19 Update – 1,218 new cases in NSW, 466 in western Sydney, six deaths including two at Westmead – Sunday, 29 August 2021

NSW recorded 1,218 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Three new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and eight previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 24,396.

Of the 1,218 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 466 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 421 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 96 are from Sydney LHD, 67 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 66 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 28 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 25 are from Western NSW LHD, 13 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, seven are from Hunter New England LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD, two are from Far West LHD, and 25 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 18,792 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 813 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 126 people in intensive care, 54 of whom require ventilation.

Six deaths

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

A man in his 80s from south-west Sydney died at Nepean Hospital, after acquiring his infection there earlier this month. His is the fifth death linked to an outbreak at the hospital.

A man in his 80s from Sydney’s inner west died at Concord Hospital. He acquired his infection at the Wyoming Aged Care facility, and is the fifth death linked to this outbreak.

Two men in their 70s from south-west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

A man in his 70s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.

A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

There have been 89 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021, and 145 in total since the start of the pandemic.

Get vaccinated

There were 106,038 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 129,182.

NSW Health administered 49,849 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 11,734 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 6,703,717, with 2,467,599 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 4,236,118 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

Please use the following links for bookings:

Anyone aged 16-49 who live in LGAs of concern can book at Qudos Bank Arena here

Authorised workers who live in LGAs of concern

Childcare, disability, and food workers who live or work in LGAs of concern

More cases in regional NSW

Across the Western NSW Local Health District there have been 25 new cases of COVID-19 reported to 8pm last night. People in the affected areas throughout Western NSW need to be extremely vigilant and get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plants in Trangie, Byron Bay, Temora, Cooma and Tamworth. These detections are a concern as there are no known cases in these areas.

The sewage treatment plant at Trangie serves about 1,200 people and the sewage treatment plant at Byron Bay serves about 9,000 people. The sewage treatment plant at Temora serves about 6,200 people, the sewage treatment plant at Cooma serves about 8,000 people and the sewage treatment plant at Tamworth serves about 45,000 people.

There was also a detection at the sewage treatment plant in Toukley, where there has been a recent case. It serves 29,000 people.

Everyone in all of 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.

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 over 30 clinics open in western Sydney today and more than 460 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.