COVID-19 Update – 1,063 new cases, 55.5% of NSW fully vaccinated, Moderna available for teens – Thursday, 23 September 2021

NSW recorded 1,063 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of the 1,063 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 294 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 220 are from Western Sydney LHD, 139 are from Sydney LHD, 119 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 65 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 64 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 43 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 41 are from Hunter New England LHD, 32 are from Central Coast LHD, 11 are from western NSW LHD, seven are from Far West LHD, two are from Murrumbidgee LHD, two are from southern NSW LHD, one is from northern NSW, one is from Mid North Coast LHD, nine are in correctional settings and 13 cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

There have been 50,123 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.   

There are currently 1,244 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 233 people in intensive care, 112 of whom require ventilation.

There were 139,182 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 133,839. 

Six deaths

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of six people with COVID-19 – four women and two men. Three people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.

Of those who died, four people were not vaccinated. One person – a woman in her 90s – had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person – a woman in her 50s with significant underlying health conditions – had received two doses.

A woman in her 90s from Dubbo died at St Mary’s Villa Aged Care Facility in Dubbo where she acquired her infection. This is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 266 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 322 in total since the start of the pandemic.

55.5% of NSW fully vaccinated

NSW Health administered 35,121 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,704 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park and 8,270 at Qudos Bank Arena Vaccination Centre.

Across NSW, 83.6 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 55.5 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 9,234,063 with 3,344,232 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,889,831 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is now available to kids aged 12-15 from pharmacies – parental or guardian consent is required to receive a vaccine.

28 per cent of 12-15 year olds in NSW have received their first COVID-19 vaccination.

Book your child in for Moderna through your local pharmacy 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 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.