COVID-19 Update – Restrictions the same across Sydney, pools to open, 1,083 new cases, numbers “promising” – Sunday, 19 September 2021

Restrictions in local government areas of concern will start to align with other lockdown areas, as vaccination rates continue to rise in Sydney’s West and South-West.

From 12.01am Monday, 20 September, the following restrictions will ease for those who live in LGAs of concern:

  • No limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation (previously a two-hour limit);
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home (previously only fully vaccinated household members could gather outdoors, or up to two fully vaccinated people from different households);
  • Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done 5km from home or within your LGA (previously only 5km from home);
  • Attend a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in Greater Sydney as a guest (previously only allowed in their LGA); and
  • A person’s single’s bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney (previously must have resided within 5km of a person’s home). A person from a LGA of concern can also now be a buddy for someone in Greater Sydney.

Nearly all restrictions in the LGAs of concern are now aligned with other lockdown areas, with the main differences being authorised worker conditions and travel permit requirements which remain in place in the LGAs of concern.

From 12.01am Monday, 27 September outdoor pools across NSW will be able to open, provided councils have a stringent COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health. Natural pools are already permitted to be open.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked those in Sydney’s west and south west who have come forward and received their COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has come forward to get a jab, helping bring first dose vaccination rates in some LGAs up to 90 per cent,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“There’s still more work to do to push those vaccination rates higher and everyone must continue to follow the lockdown rules until we reach that 70 per cent double dose target when further restrictions can be eased for those who are fully vaccinated.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that after all the hard work getting vaccinated and complying with lockdown requirements, it’s fantastic that some restrictions can now be relaxed.

“The NSW Government is determined to ensure everyone can benefit from increasing vaccination rates. Outdoor pools are part of Australian life, and enjoying a Summer splash no matter where you live is a big plus for families.”

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Case details

NSW recorded 1,083 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Two cases were acquired overseas, and 18 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 51,797.

Of the 1,083 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 302 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 293 are from Western Sydney LHD, 159 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 115 are from Sydney LHD, 64 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 48 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 26 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 20 are from Central Coast LHD, 13 are from Hunter New England LHD, 10 are from Far West LHD, eight are from Western NSW LHD, seven are from Southern NSW LHD, three are from Mid North Coast LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, eight are in correctional settings, and six cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 46,151 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 1,238 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 234 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 99,782 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 120,954.

13 deaths

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 13 people with COVID-19 – nine men and four women.

One person was in their 40s, two people in their 50s, two people in their 60s, five people in their 70s, and three people in their 80s.

Five people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people were from Sydney’s inner city, one person was from southern Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.

Of the 13 people who died with COVID-19, nine people were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID-19 and two people – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both with underlying health conditions – had received two doses.

Two people died at home. A man in his 60s from northern Sydney who died at home was being cared for in the community by Northern Sydney LHD. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 40s from western Sydney died at home and his infection was diagnosed following his death. He was not vaccinated.

A woman in her 60s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital. Her death is linked to an outbreak at the Gallipoli Home aged care facility. This is the first death linked to this outbreak.

A woman in her 70s died at the Holy Spirit aged care facility in Dubbo. This is the second death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathy to their loved ones.

There have been 241 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021, and 297 in total since the start of the pandemic.

51.9% of NSW 16+ fully vaccinated

NSW Health administered 31,934 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,163 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Across NSW, 81.9 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 51.9 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,847,518  with 3,215,891 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,631,627 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

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Got symptoms? 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 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.