28 August 2021

NSW recorded 1,035 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One new case was acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and ten previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 23,183.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of two people who had COVID-19.

A woman in her 70s from Sydney’s Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District died at Nepean Hospital, after acquiring her infection there earlier this month. Hers is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at the hospital.

A woman in her 80s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones.

There have been 83 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021. There have been 139 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 17,582 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 778 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 125 people in intensive care, 52 of whom require ventilation.

There were 129,182 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 118,120.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 23,183
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)139
Total tests carried out12,800,559
Total vaccinations administered in NSW6,571,629

NSW Health administered 61,778 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 12,527 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 6,571,629, with 2,417,750 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 4,153,879 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11:59pm on Thursday 26 August 2021.

Of the 1,035 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 398 are from Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 316 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 100 are from Sydney LHD, 78 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 52 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD 42 are from Western NSW LHD, 25 are from Northern Sydney LHD, seven are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, four are from Far West LHD, three new cases for Hunter New England LHD, two new cases for Central Coast LHD and eight cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

Across the Western NSW Local Health District there have been 42 new cases of COVID-19 reported to 8pm last night. People in the affected areas throughout Western NSW need to be extremely vigilant and get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has established the state’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Dubbo Showground, which is also just the second of its kind in Australia. The new drive-through vaccination clinic will operate at the Ewan MacInnes Pavilion at Dubbo Showground seven days a week and is expected to initially be able to deliver upward of 200 vaccinations each day.

It will be more accessible for people with mobility issues, allow entire households to receive their vaccinations at the same time and will be much easier for parents and carers, who can accompany their kids and dependents.

Bookings are essential, and people can make a booking by visiting the WSLHD website. Bookings are available already.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plants in Brewarrina, Moree, Merimbula, Baradine, Bonny Hills.

The Brewarrina sewage treatment plant serves approximately 1,100 people, and the Moree sewage treatment plants serves about 10,000 people.

The Merimbula sewage treatment plant serves approximately 15,000 people and the Baradine serves 750 people.

The Bonny Hills sewage treatment plant serves around 7,000 people in Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills.

These detections are a concern as there are no known cases in these areas

Everyone in this area 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 460 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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Locally acquired1,0356,09019,676
Total1,0366,104 23,183

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. *notified from 8pm 26 August 2021 to 8pm 27 August 2021 **from 8pm 21 August 2021 to 8pm 27 August 2021

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COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSW Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses42,9561,550,992
NSW Health – second doses 18,822866,828
Total61,778 2,417,750

*notified from 8pm 26 August 2021 to 8pm 27 August 2021.