19 September 2021

NSW recorded 1,083 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Two cases were acquired overseas, and 18 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 51,797.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of 13 people with COVID-19 – nine men and four women.

One person was in their 40s, two people in their 50s, two people in their 60s, five people in their 70s, and three people in their 80s.

Five people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney, two people were from northern Sydney, two people were from Sydney's inner city, one person was from southern Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.

Of the 13 people who died with COVID-19, nine people were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID-19 and two people – a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, both with underlying health conditions – had received two doses.

Two people died at home. A man in his 60s from northern Sydney who died at home was being cared for in the community by Northern Sydney LHD. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 40s from western Sydney died at home and his infection was diagnosed following his death. He was not vaccinated.

A woman in her 60s from western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital. Her death is linked to an outbreak at the Gallipoli Home aged care facility. This is the first death linked to this outbreak.

A woman in her 70s died at the Holy Spirit aged care facility in Dubbo. This is the second death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health extends its deepest sympathy to their loved ones.

There have been 241 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021, and 297 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 46,151 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 1,238 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 234 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 99,782 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 120,954.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 51,797
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)297
Total tests carried out15,793,747
Total vaccinations administered in NSW8,847,518

NSW Health administered 31,934 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,163 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Across NSW, 81.9 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 51.9 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,847,518 with 3,215,891 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,631,627 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

Of the 1,083 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 302 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 293 are from Western Sydney LHD, 159 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 115 are from Sydney LHD, 64 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 48 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 26 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 20 are from Central Coast LHD, 13 are from Hunter New England LHD, 10 are from Far West LHD, eight are from Western NSW LHD, seven are from Southern NSW LHD, three are from Mid North Coast LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, eight are in correctional settings, and six 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 in sewage samples from Cowra in western NSW, Dareton in far western NSW, South Kempsey on the mid north coast, and Ballina on the north coast. Fragments were earlier detected at Eden on the southern coast, Byron Bay, Ballina and Wardell on the north coast, Balranald in far west, and Griffith in the Murrumbidgee.

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 500 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
Locally acquired1,0838,60248,245
Total 1,085 8,62251,797

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 17 September 2021 to 8pm 18 September 2021
**from 8pm 12 September 2021 to 8pm 18 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSW Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses10,5912,041,340
NSW Health – second doses 21,3431,174,551
Total 31,934 3,215,891

*notified from 8pm 17 September 2021 to 8pm 18 September 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total*
All providers – first doses81.9%
All providers – fully vaccinated 51.9%

*to 11.59pm 17 September 2021

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