17 July 2021

NSW recorded 111 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 59 are linked to a known case or cluster – 47 are household contacts and 12 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 52 cases remains under investigation.

Sixty-nine cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and ten cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Twenty-nine cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of three cases remains under investigation.

Six new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is now 6,644.

Sadly, a man in his late-80s from south-eastern Sydney died yesterday. NSW Health extends its sincere sympathies to his family.

There have been 1,137 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

There are currently 75 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 18 people in intensive care, six of whom require ventilation.

There were a record 81,970 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 77,587.

NSW Health administered a record 23,715 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,722 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,975,525 with 1,158,879 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,816,646 administered by the GP network and other providers, to 11.59pm on Thursday, 15th July.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 6,644
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 59
Total tests carried out 7,846,759
Total vaccinations administered in NSW2,975,525

Of the 111 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 83 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 11 are from Western Sydney LHD, eight are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, seven are from Sydney LHD and two are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

People in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave. You should only be shopping for essential items, and only leaving the house for as short a period of time as possible. We encourage people to shop online or use click and collect options. If you do leave home for an essential reason, remember to check in to and out of anywhere you visit.

We are asking people not to seek exceptions to the stay-at-home rules, but instead to ensure they comply with them, in order to reduce the number of infectious cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Transmission in workplaces remains a concern. Everyone should work from home if possible. For essential workplaces:

  • Limit the interaction and mixing of employees, prevent meetings and gatherings, and reduce the size of the groups.

  • Masks are mandatory – including indoors and outdoors on construction sites.

  • Remind everyone in the workplace that they must not attend if they have any cold-like symptoms. They need to get a test immediately and isolate until they get a negative result. They also need to check the NSW Government website every day for updated venues of concern in case they are a contact.

The high number of COVID-19 cases and exposure venues in the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA) means Fairfield residents who work in other LGAs must now be tested for COVID-19 every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

People who don't have symptoms who will be travelling outside of the Fairfield area for work must now get tested every three days. Asymptomatic people do not need to wait for a negative test before going to work although they must carry proof of the test.

At this time, it is most important to focus on anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or is a close or casual contact of confirmed cases. These people must immediately get tested as soon as possible. We ask you to please stay in the line when testing clinics are busy and identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in a number of catchments in Sydney, including Minto, where there are no known cases of COVID-19. People in Minto are asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of any cold-like symptoms, and if they appear, to be tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

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.

Anyone travelling to NSW who has been in Victoria after 12.01am today (17 July) will be required to follow the stay-at-home rules.

The previous exemption for NSW border region residents remains in place. NSW border residents do not have to follow the stay-at-home rules if the only place they have been in Victoria is in the border region.

Declaration requirements are still in place for people who have been in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory in the previous 14 days, with the exception of those living and travelling in the NSW/Victoria border region.

There are more than 400 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.

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 6223,321
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 594662,568
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster01452
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 52172212
Under initial investigation000

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 15 July 2021 to 8pm 16 July 2021
**from 8pm 10 July 2021 to 8pm 16 July 2021

Video of today’s press conference will be uploaded to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - press conferences and video updates.