20 September 2021

NSW recorded 935 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One case was acquired overseas, and 28 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 52,705.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of four people with COVID-19.

Two men in their 60s from south western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital.

A man in his 80s from western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital. His death is the second linked to an outbreak at Uniting Edinglassie Lodge Residential Aged Care Facility in Penrith.

A woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 301 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 47,058 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 1,207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 99,782.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 52,705
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 301
Total tests carried out
Total vaccinations administered in NSW8,922,349

NSW Health administered 23,156 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 739 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park and 6,480 at the vaccination centre at Qudos Bank Arena.

Across NSW, 82.2 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 52.7 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Saturday 18 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 8,922,349 with 3,239,047 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,683,302 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Of the 935 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 275 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 219 are from Western Sydney LHD, 111 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 102 are from Sydney LHD, 50 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 49 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 24 are from Hunter New England LHD, 19 are from Central Coast LHD, 10 are from Western NSW LHD, seven are from Southern NSW LHD, two are from Far West LHD, three are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 10 are in correctional settings and nine 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 Dareton in far western NSW.

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 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
Overseas 1 9 3,455
Interstate 0 1 98
Locally acquired 935 8,353 49,152
Total936 8,363 52,705

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. *notified from 8pm 18 September 2021 to 8pm 19 September 2021
**from 8pm 13 September 2021 to 8pm 19 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses7,945 2,049,285
NSW Health – second doses 15,211 1,189,762
Total23,156 3,239,047

*notified from 8pm 18 September 2021 to 8pm 19 September 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total*
 All providers – first doses82.2%
 All providers – fully vaccinated 52.7%

*to 11:59pm 18 September 2021

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