23 September 2021

NSW recorded 1,063 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One new case was acquired overseas, and one new case was acquired interstate, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 55,773.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of six people with COVID-19 – four women and two men. Three people were from western Sydney, two people were from south western Sydney and one person was from Dubbo.

Of those who died, four people were not vaccinated. One person – a woman in her 90s – had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person – a woman in her 50s with significant underlying health conditions – had received two doses.

A woman in her 90s from Dubbo died at St Mary's Villa Aged Care Facility in Dubbo where she acquired her infection. This is the fourth death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 266 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 322 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 50,123 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 1,244 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 233 people in intensive care, 112 of whom require ventilation.

There were 139,182 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 133,839.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 55,773
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)322
Total tests carried out16,313,079
Total vaccinations administered in NSW9,234,063

NSW Health administered 35,121 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,704 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Across NSW, 83.6 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 55.5 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 9,234,063 with 3,344,232 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 5,889,831 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Of the 1,063 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 294 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 220 are from Western Sydney LHD, 139 are from Sydney LHD, 119 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 65 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 64 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 43 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 41 are from Hunter New England LHD, 32 are from Central Coast LHD, 11 are from western NSW LHD, seven are from Far West LHD, two are from Murrumbidgee LHD, two are from southern NSW LHD, one is from northern NSW, one is from Mid North Coast LHD, nine are in correctional settings and 13 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 Grafton in northern 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 more than 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 infection Cases past 24 hours* Cases past 7 days** All cases
Locally acquired1,0637,66352,217
Total 1,065 7,673 55,773

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 21 September 2021 to 8pm 22 September 2021
**from 8pm 16 September 2021 to 8pm 22 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSW Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses12,0102,087,191
NSW Health – second doses 23,1111,257,041
Total 35,121 3,344,232

*notified from 8pm 21 September 2021 to 8pm 22 September 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total*
All providers – first doses83.6%
All providers – fully vaccinated 55.5%

*to 11.59pm 21 September 2021

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