18 June 2021

NSW recorded two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,442. These cases were announced yesterday.

No new overseas-acquired case was recorded in the same period.

NSW Health has also been notified of a new locally acquired case overnight. This case will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.

There were 21,678 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 23,145.

NSW Health administered 17,030 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,092 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 1,817,255, with 648,926 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,168,329 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 June.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)5,442
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out6,377,482
Total vaccinations administered in NSW1,817,255

The two locally acquired cases counted in today’s figures are those announced yesterday.

The woman in her 70s from Sydney’s inner west has been confirmed as a case. She is linked to the airport transport driver through a venue they both attended.

The second case announced yesterday, a man in his 40s from Sydney’s north-west, has low virus levels and is not yet linked to any known cases. An expert panel convened by NSW Health yesterday (Thursday) evening reviewed the results of additional testing and was unable to rule out the possibility he had COVID-19. His three household contacts have all returned negative results to date.

One new case will be included in tomorrow’s numbers. He is a man is his 50 who lives in the eastern suburbs area. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway into how this man acquired his infection.

All of the man’s household contacts have tested negative to COVID-19 to date and are in isolation.

NSW Health has been notified of a number of venues of concern visited by this case.

The following are close contact venues. Anyone who attended the following venues at the time listed must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from the date they were at the venue, regardless of the result:

​Venue​Address​Date and time
Redfern​The Twisted Olive​684 Bourke Street​Sunday 13 June, 12.20am - 1.30am

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until you receive further information from NSW Health:

​Venue​Address​Date and time
North Sydney​Greenwood Grocer​Greenwood Plaza, Lower Level, 71/36 Blue StreetTuesday 15 June, 5pm - 5.20pm

If you were at the following venues at the time listed, you must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and self-isolate until you receive further information from NSW Health:

​Venue​Address​Date and time
The AlkalizerCampbelltown Council Building, 91 Queen StreetTuesday 15 June, 9am - 10am
NewtownAdora Handmade Chocolates
2/325 King StreetSunday 13 June, 2pm - 3.30pm

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have visited a number of venues in areas including Bondi Junction, Vaucluse, Zetland, North Ryde, and Northmead while potentially infectious.

NSW Health has contacted more than 1,100 people who are getting tested and self-isolating pending further advice from NSW Health. It is also very important for all household members of any of these contacts to also self-isolate until the contact receives a negative result.

Further venues of concern are being identified as case investigations continue, and the list of venues is continuing to be updated. Please check the NSW Health website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern.

Given the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice, NSW Health is asking people in the Sydney and Blue Mountains (excluding the Central Coast and Wollongong and the Illawarra) area to follow updated health advice from 4pm today until 12.01 am Thursday 24 June 2021:

  • avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day.
  • masks will be mandatory on public transport from 4pm today
  • masks are strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff.

NSW Health’s ongoing Sewage Surveillance Program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Camellia North and Camelia South pumping stations in Sydney’s western suburbs.

These catchments serve about 109,600 people and covers suburbs including Camellia, Harris Park, Granville, South Granville, Mays Hill, Merrylands, Merrylands West, North Parramatta, Parramatta, South Wentworthville, Westmead, Guildford West, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Holroyd, Clyde, Auburn, Old Guildford, Guildford, Silverwater, Rosehill, Rydalmere.

People who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may continue to shed virus fragments into the wastewater system for several weeks after they are no longer infectious.

A number of people in these catchments have recently been released from hotel quarantine after recovering from COVID-19.

However, NSW Health urges everyone in these areas to be especially vigilant for any cold-like symptoms. If they appear, please immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Investigations are continuing into the source of a COVID-19 case diagnosed in hotel quarantine, which has an identical viral sequence to two cases who were staying in an adjacent room at the Radisson Blu hotel.

Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 37 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (97 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
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster111,646
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00451
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing122
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 16 June 2021 to 8pm 17 June 2021
**from 8pm 11 June 2021 to 8pm 17 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses7,436431,739
NSW Health – second doses9,594217,187

* notified from 8pm 16 June 2021 to 8pm 17 June 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.