21 May 2021

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There were also no new cases acquired overseas, meaning the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 5,378. The last time there were no new cases of COVID‑19 reported in NSW was the 24 hours to 8pm on 1 April 2021.

There were 14,691 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 16,178.

NSW Health administered its highest number of vaccines in one day with 11,950 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,171 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now more than one million, 1,030,428, with 326,563 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 703,865 administered by Commonwealth Government providers, including GPs, to 11:59pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,378
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 5,933,756
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,030,428

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected at a sewage network site at Homebush.

This catchment area includes about 40,500 people and takes sewage from the suburbs of Homebush West, Strathfield, Rookwood, Concord West, Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point, Newington, Lidcombe, Homebush, Silverwater, Petersham, Liberty Grove, Rhodes, North Strathfield, Concord.

NSW Health is aware of recent COVID-19 cases, several returned overseas travellers, who live in this catchment. People who are recently recovered from COVID-19 can continue to shed virus fragments into the sewerage system for several weeks even after they are no longer infectious.

Nonetheless, NSW Health is asking everyone in the area to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear get tested and isolate immediately until they receive a negative result.

NSW Health urges everyone in NSW to continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe, including practising good hand hygiene and always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues.

Anyone experiencing even the mildest of cold-like symptoms should come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit: COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 51 COVID-19 cases, one of whom is in intensive care and being ventilated. Most cases (96 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 0133,192
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,645
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
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 19 May 2021 to 8pm 20 May 2021
**from 8pm 14 May 2021 to 8pm 20 May 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 13,256
Found positive 262
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2106,029
Found positive682
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12* 38,003
Found positive42

* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses9,387 232,703
NSW Health – second doses 2,56393,860
Total 11,950 326,563

*notified from 19 May 2021 to 8pm 20 May 2021

Note: NSW Health’s vaccination clinics generally operate Monday to Friday. Therefore, there may be limited or no vaccines administered on weekend days and public holidays due to planned closures.

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