COVID-19 Update – 1,022 new COVID cases, friends bubble, over 250,000 vaccinations at Qudos Bank Arena – Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are fully vaccinated, under an easing of restrictions for school holidays.

From 12 noon today, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW will be able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions: 

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”;
  • All people older than 18 years in all the households must be fully vaccinated;
  • The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA; and
  • If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

Click here for more information on the friends bubble.

Case details

NSW recorded 1,022 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of the 1,022 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 368 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 226 are from Western Sydney LHD, 105 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 102 are from Sydney LHD, 50 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 44 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 40 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 27 are from Central Coast LHD, 18 are from Hunter New England LHD, nine are from Southern NSW LHD, seven are from Western NSW LHD, six are from Far West LHD, five are from Murrumbidgee LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, five are in correctional settings and nine cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 48,061 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 1,266 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 244 people in intensive care, 118 of whom require ventilation.

There were 121,661 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 124,650.

10 deaths

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 10 people with COVID-19 – eight men and two women. NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

One person was in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.

Six people were from south western Sydney, one person was from western Sydney, one person was from south eastern Sydney, one person was from northern Sydney and one person was from Sydney’s north west.

Of the 10 people who died with COVID-19, six were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and two people – a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s, both with serious underlying health conditions – had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the 10 deaths, a woman in her 90s from western Sydney is the third death linked to an outbreak at Hardi Guildford Aged Care Facility. She died at Westmead Hospital.

A man in his 80s from Sydney’s north west died at Hornsby Hospital, where he acquired his infection.

A man in his 80s from south western Sydney, who died at Concord Hospital, acquired his infection at Canterbury Hospital.

There have been 255 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 311 in total since the start of the pandemic.

53% of NSW fully vaccinated

NSW Health administered 35,216 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,413 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park and 8,543 at Qudos Bank Arena. Over 250,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered at Qudos Bank Arena since operations commenced in August 2021.

Across NSW, 82.5 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Sunday 19 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,981,188 with 3,274,263 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,706,925 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Sunday 19 September 2021.

All people aged 12 and up can get their COVID-19 vaccination now! Details and bookings 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 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.