28 October 2021

NSW recorded 293 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

No new cases were acquired overseas, and 11 cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 74,445.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the deaths of two people.

A woman in her 90s died at the Tarrawanna aged care facility, north of Wollongong, where she acquired her infection. She had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and is the third death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

A man in his 70s from south-western Sydney died at St George Hospital. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.

There have been 508 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 564 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 68,756 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are currently 381 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 82 people in intensive care, 38 of whom require ventilation.

There were 89,678 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 89,875.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 74,445
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 564
Total tests carried out 19,487,363
Total vaccinations administered in NSW 12,162,947

To 11:59pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021 across NSW, 93.3 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 86 per cent were fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 78.5 per cent have had their first dose, and 54.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 12,162,947 with 4,022,792 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,140,155 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Of the 293 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 79 are from Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD), 51 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 30 are from Murrumbidgee LHD, 26 are from Western Sydney LHD, 22 are from Sydney LHD, 18 are from Mid North Coast LHD, 14 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 12 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 11 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, nine are from Northern Sydney LHD, six are from Western NSW LHD, five are from Southern NSW LHD, four are from Central Coast LHD and six 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 collected from across NSW, including Barraba, Moree, and Uralla.

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 haven't received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don't delay. Even if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you should get vaccinated.

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.

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
Overseas 0 43,485
Locally acquired 2932,08370,850
Total 293 2,087 74,445

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 26 October 2021 to 8pm 27 October 2021

**from 8pm 21 October 2021 to 8pm 27 October 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW Health Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses9652,194,174
NSW Health – second doses 6,3831,828,366
NSW Health – third doses74252

*notified from 8pm 26 October 2021 to 8pm 27 October 2021

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total* (ages 16 and over) Total* (ages 12-15)
All providers – first doses93.3%78.5%
All providers – fully vaccinated 86.0%54.8%

*to 11.59pm 26 October 2021

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