COVID-19 Update – 935 new COVID cases, 219 in western Sydney, 52.7% of NSW fully vaccinated – Monday, 20 September 2021

NSW recorded 935 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of the 935 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 275 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 219 are from Western Sydney LHD, 111 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 102 are from Sydney LHD, 50 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 49 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 24 are from Hunter New England LHD, 19 are from Central Coast LHD, 10 are from Western NSW LHD, seven are from Southern NSW LHD, two are from Far West LHD, three are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 10 are in correctional settings and nine cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 47,058 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 1,207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 99,782.

4 Deaths

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of four people with COVID-19.

Two men in their 60s from south western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

A man in his 80s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital. His death is the second linked to an outbreak at Uniting Edinglassie Lodge Residential Aged Care Facility in Penrith.

A woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 301 in total since the start of the pandemic.

Restrictions ease from today

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.

The following restrictions have eased 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.

52.7% of NSW fully vaccinated

NSW Health administered 23,156 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 739 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park and 6,480 at the vaccination centre at Qudos Bank Arena.

Across NSW, 82.2 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 52.7 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Saturday 18 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,922,349 with 3,239,047 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,683,302 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Did you have your first dose of AstraZeneca more than 4 weeks ago? You can get your second dose at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre TODAY- regardless of where you got your first dose.

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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.