COVID-19 Alert – 97 new cases in western Sydney, 64 cases of Omicron in NSW – Monday, 13 December 2021

NSW recorded 536 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. There is a total of 64 cases of COVID-19 with the Omicron variant in NSW.

There were nine new cases confirmed with the Omicron variant of concern overnight, and more are expected as results of genomic testing are confirmed.

Seven COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 86,264.

There are currently 171 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, nine of whom require ventilation.

There were 74,997 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 90,804.

Of the 536 cases reported to 8pm last night, 140 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 97 are from Western Sydney LHD, 86 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 58 are from Sydney LHD, 29 are from Northern NSW LHD, 28 are from Hunter New England LHD, 28 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 20 are from Central Coast LHD, 20 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 14 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, seven are from Western NSW LHD, four are from Murrumbidgee LHD, one is from Mid North Coast LHD, one is in hotel quarantine and three are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

Vaccination update

Across NSW, 94.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 93.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.4 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 77.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 13,034,593, with 4,193,736 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,840,857 doses administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 11 December, 2021.    

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Venues of concern

NSW Health is concerned about the increased transmission taking place in larger social venues such as pubs, clubs, and party settings.

This includes recent outbreaks associated with the Golden Sheaf Hotel at Double Bay, the Oxford Tavern at Petersham and the Albion Hotel at Parramatta.

Anyone who attended the venues below at the times listed is considered a casual contact.

SiteAddressDate and Time
Golden Sheaf Hotel429 New South Head Road, Double BaySaturday 20 November 2.30pm – 9pm Saturday 27 November 9.15pm – 1.15am
Albion Hotel135 George Street, ParramattaSunday 5 December 4.30pm until close

Anyone who attended the venue below at the times listed is considered a close contact.

SiteAddressDate and Time
Oxford Tavern1 New Canterbury Road, PetershamTuesday 30 November, 4.00pm – 10.30pm
The Argyle House nightclub311 Wharf Rd, NewcastleWednesday 8 December, 9.00pm – Thursday 9 December, 3:00am

The transmission in these types of settings is contributing to the increase in cases in NSW and we urge people not to attend social functions if they have any symptoms, even if mild.

NSW Health also strongly encourages people to wear a mask in situations where you cannot physically distance, especially indoors.

Omicron update

Omicron continues to spread internationally and has been identified in international arrivals to NSW from southern Africa as well as travellers from other countries.

These people have likely acquired their infections both in their countries of origin and on flights shared with infectious passengers seated several rows apart.  

All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Travellers from all other countries must isolate for 72 hours, avoid high risk settings until after day seven and have a PCR test in the first 24 hours and on day six after arrival. They are also strongly encouraged to get tested 12 days after arrival.

All recent international arrivals must be vigilant for symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately should symptoms develop.  

Any passengers arriving from overseas aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated must go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).

Got symptoms? Get tested

If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the self-isolation rules.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

There are more than 450 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.