15 August 2021

NSW recorded 415 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 139 are linked to a known case or cluster – 122 are household contacts and 17 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 276 cases is under investigation.

Seventy-six cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 24 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-two cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 273 remains under investigation.

Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night and seven previously reported cases were excluded following further investigation. This brings the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 13,314.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of four people who had COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A woman in her 50s from south-western Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital.

A woman in her 80s from south-western Sydney died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

A man in his 80s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

A woman in her 70s from south-western Sydney died at Royal North Shore Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 48 during the current outbreak, and the number of lives lost to 104 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 7,745 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 381 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 62 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

There were 126,790 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 129,352.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 13,314
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 104
Total tests carried out 10,814,464
Total vaccinations administered in NSW5,009,457

NSW Health administered 24,419 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,347 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,009,457, with 1,840,778 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 3,168,679 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 13 August 2021.

Of the 415 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 167 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 98 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 42 are from Sydney LHD, 36 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 31 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 21 are from Western NSW LHD, nine are from Hunter New England LHD, six are from Northern Sydney LHD, two are from Central Coast LHD and the addresses of three cases are to be verified.

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions are now in place for all of regional NSW until 12:01am Sunday 22 August.

Everyone in NSW must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends. People still can have one visitor at one time to fulfil carers' responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together.

In addition, in Greater Sydney and other lockdown areas, the 10-kilometre rule will be reduced from 12.01am tomorrow (Monday 16 August), with shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation to be done in a person’s local government area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA, within 5 kilometres of home. LGAs of concern must still exercise and shop within 5 kilometres from home only.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Bourke, Lennox Head, Parkes and Wallacia sewage treatment plants.

The Bourke sewage treatment plant serves about 2,000 people, the Lennox Head sewage treatment plant serves about 7,700 people, Parkes serves about 11,600 people and the Wallacia sewage treatment plant serves about 6,882 people from Warragamba, Mulgoa, Silverdale and Wallacia.

These detections are of particular concern, as there are no recent known cases of COVID-19 in these areas. Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested 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.

There are more than 420 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: COVID-18 clinics or contact your GP.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas  2103,383
Interstate 0091
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 1391,1306,348
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster07483
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 2761,3823,009
Under initial investigation000
Total 4172,52913,314

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. *notified from 8pm 13 August 2021 to 8pm 14 August 2021 
**from 8pm 8 August 2021 to 8pm 14 August 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses16,8611,127,439
NSW Health – second doses 7,558713,339
Total24,419 1,840,778

*notified from 8pm 13 August 2021 to 8pm 14 August 2021

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