17 August 2021

NSW recorded 452 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 129 are linked to a known case or cluster – 105 are household contacts and 24 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 323 cases is under investigation.

One hundred and one cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 24 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Thirty cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 297 cases remains under investigation.

Two new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Sixteen previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation and data reconciliation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 14,227.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the death of one person who had COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A woman in her 70s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

This brings the number of COVID-related deaths to 57 since June 16, and the number of lives lost to 113 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There have been 8,654 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 447 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 69 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.

There were 151,767 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 156,495.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 14,227
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)113
Total tests carried out11,122,726
Total vaccinations administered in NSW5,237,678

NSW Health administered a record 36,817 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 9,767 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 5,237,678 with 1,896,563 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 3,341,115 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Sunday, 15th August 2021.

Of the 452 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 189 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 132 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 32 are from Sydney LHD, 25 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 24 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 18 are from Western NSW LHD, 13 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 10 are from Hunter New England LHD, one is from Central Coast LHD, one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and seven cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Lennox Head sewage treatment plants in recent days. The Lennox Head sewage treatment plant serves about 7,700 people.

This detection is of particular concern, as there are no recent known cases of COVID-19 in this area. 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 440 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 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 293,387
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster1291,2456,799
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster08486
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing3231,5923,464
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 August 2021 to 8pm 16 August 2021

**from 8pm 10 August 2021 to 8pm 16 August 2021

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COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSW Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses24,3891,166,813
NSW Health – second doses 12,428729,750
Total 36,817 1,896,563

*notified from 8pm 15 August 2021 to 8pm 16 August 2021

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