26 September 2021

NSW recorded 961 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Three new cases were acquired overseas, and 16 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 58,742.

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

One person was in their 40s, two in their 60s, two in their 70s, and four in their 80s.

Eight people were unvaccinated, and one had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Three people were from south western Sydney, four people were from western Sydney, one was from Sydney’s inner west, and one was from Sydney’s inner city.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 297 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 353 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 53,088 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 1,146 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 222 people in intensive care, 117 of whom require ventilation.

There were 106,451 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 108,105.  

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)58,742
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)353
Total tests carried out
Total vaccinations administered in NSW9,619,956

NSW Health administered 33,776 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,032  at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Across NSW, 85.2 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 59.2 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 9,619,956 with 3,446,709 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 6,173,247 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

Of the 961 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 246 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 206 are from Western Sydney LHD, 102 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 96 are from Sydney LHD, 82 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 75 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 45 are from Hunter New England LHD, 36 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 30 are from Central Coast LHD, 21 are from Western NSW LHD, 11 are from Southern NSW LHD, five are from Far West LHD, two are in correctional settings and four 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 Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter region, Grafton North and South, and Wardell on the north Coast, and Dareton in the far west.

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 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 acquired9617,02055,182

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 24 September 2021 to 8pm 25 September 2021
 **from 8pm 19 September 2021 to 8pm 25 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSWDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses9,2052,115,708
NSW Health – second doses24,5711,331,001

*notified from 8pm 24 September 2021 to 8pm 25 September 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rateTotal*
 All providers – first doses85.2%
 All providers – fully vaccinated59.2%

*to 11.59pm 24 September 2021

A video of today's press conference will be uploaded to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - press conferences and video updates.