15 December 2021

NSW recorded 1,360 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

A total of 110 cases of COVID-19 with the Omicron variant of concern have been confirmed in NSW.

Thirteen COVID-19 cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 88,406.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the death of a woman from south western Sydney in her 90s who died at the Gillawarna Village Aged Care Facility in George's Hall, where she acquired her infection. She had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions. This is the third death linked to an outbreak at this facility.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to her loved ones.

There are currently 166 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 24 people in intensive care, seven of whom require ventilation.

There were 104,501 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 86,562.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 88,406
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)643
Total tests carried out23,001,692
Total vaccinations administered in NSW13,076,443

Across NSW, 94.8 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 93.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.4 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 77.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 13,076,443, with 4,210,815 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,865,628 doses administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Monday 13 December 2021.

NSW Health remains concerned about the escalation in COVID-19 transmission in the Newcastle area, with venues linked to cases who are likely to have the Omicron variant of concern.

It is likely that the overwhelming majority of the cases in Newcastle will be the Omicron variant of concern.

Anyone who attended Finnegan's Hotel from 6.30pm Friday 10 December to 2.30am Saturday 11 December, is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 7 days.

Anyone who attended The Argyle House nightclub from 9pm on Wednesday 8 December to 3am on Thursday 9 December has been assessed as a close contact and must immediately get tested, and isolate for 7 days. Please then minimise your mixing with other people and avoid high-risk settings for the next 7 days.

Given the high transmission of COVID-19 at these venues, we ask household contacts of anyone who attended to also immediately get tested and isolate until they and the close contact tests negative.

With most COVID-19 restrictions eased today, we are urging everyone across the community to continue to practice COVID-Safe behaviours.

The Omicron variant continues to spread internationally and has been identified in arrivals to NSW. NSW also has local transmission of Omicron.

Fully vaccinated arrivals from the eight southern African countries of concern will no longer have to enter 14 days hotel quarantine, bringing all international arrivals under the same requirements.

Fully vaccinated people from the countries of concern who are already in hotel quarantine on Wednesday, 15 December will have to remain there until at least 72 hours after their arrival in NSW.

All fully vaccinated international arrivals into NSW must isolate for 72 hours, avoid high risk settings until after day seven and have a PCR test in the first 24 hours and on day six after arrival. They are also strongly encouraged to get tested 12 days after arrival because the risk of infection extends to up to two weeks after exposure.

All recent international arrivals must be vigilant for symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately should symptoms develop.

Any passengers arriving from overseas aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated must go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).

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.

Everyone aged 18 years and older may now receive a booster five months after receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The emergence of the Omicron variant is a timely reminder of the importance of booster shots in maintaining a high level of protection against the COVID-19 virus.

We urge people to get their booster dose as soon as they are eligible, to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

We also strongly recommend that people aged 12 years and over who are severely immunocompromised have a third primary dose of vaccine from two months after their second dose. Talk to your GP for more advice.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Of the 1,360 cases reported to 8pm last night, 424 are from Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD), 195 are from South Western Sydney LHD, 174 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 162 are from Western Sydney LHD, 115 are from Sydney LHD, 100 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 49 are from Central Coast LHD, 45 are from Northern NSW LHD, 26 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 19 are from Western NSW LHD, 17 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, eight are from Mid North Coast LHD, seven are from Murrumbidgee LHD, two are from Southern NSW LHD, one is from Far West LHD, and 16 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 self-isolation rules.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms it is still important that you have a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

There are 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.

COVID-19 vaccination update

NSW COVID-19 vaccination rate Total* (ages 16 and over) Total** (ages 12 – 15)
All providers – first doses94.8%81.4%
All providers – fully vaccinated 93.2%77.8%

* to 11.59pm 13 December 2021

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered by NSW Health Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses3912,198,578
NSW Health – second doses 9211,927,227
NSW Health – third doses9,11985,010
Total 10,431 4,210,815

* notified from 8pm 13 December 2021 to 8pm 14 December 2021

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