18 October 2021

NSW recorded 265 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One new case was acquired overseas, and seven cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 71,469.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of five people with COVID-19 – four women and one man.

A woman in her 30s from the Cessnock area died at John Hunter Hospital. She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 50s from Sydney’s Inner West died at Concord Hospital. He was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

A woman in her 60s from Sydney’s Inner West died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was not vaccinated.

A woman in her 70s from south western Sydney died at Concord Hospital. She had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A woman in her 80s from the Wollongong area died at Wollongong Hospital. She had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 475 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 531 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 65,786 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.  

There are currently 606 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 132 people in intensive care, 71 of whom require ventilation.

There were 60,273 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 69,107.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 71,469
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 531
Total tests carried out
Total vaccinations administered in NSW11,644,223

To 11.59pm on Saturday 16 October 2021 across NSW, 92 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 80.3 per cent were fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 74.5 per cent have had their first dose, and 34 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 11,644,223, with 3,910,844 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 7,733,379 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Of the 265 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 65 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 63 are from Hunter New England LHD, 33 are from Western Sydney LHD, 21 are from Sydney LHD, 18 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 18 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 16 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 10 are from Central Coast LHD, 5 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 5 are from Southern NSW LHD, 4 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 2 are from Western NSW LHD, 1 is from Northern NSW LHD, 1 is in a correctional setting, and 3 are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

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
Overseas 1 6 3,479
Interstate 0 1 110
Locally acquired 265 2,465 67,880
Total266 2,472 71,469

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 16 October 2021 to 8pm 17 October 2021
 **from 8pm 11 October 2021 to 8pm 17 October 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW HealthDoses past 24 hours*All doses
NSW Health – first doses1,274 2,181,618
NSW Health – second doses 12,113 1,729,201
NSW Health – third doses6 25
Total13,393 3,910,844

*notified from 8pm 16 October 2021 to 8pm 17 October 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total*
 All providers – first doses92%
 All providers – fully vaccinated 80.3%

*to 11.59pm 16 October 2021

Video of today’s update