NSW latest Covid-19 update as at 3 July

​NSW recorded 35 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, of which 29 are linked to previously confirmed cases.

Five new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,737.

There have been 261 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported. Of these, 207 are now directly linked to other cases in the Bondi cluster.

There were 56,331 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 73,602.

NSW Health administered 20,332 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,037 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.  

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,332,960, with 893,021 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,439,939 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Thursday 1 July.

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Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,737
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 7,114,361
Total vaccinations administered in NSW 2,332,960

Of today’s 35 new locally acquired cases, 23 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods. A further three cases were in isolation for part of their infectious periods. Nine cases were infectious in the community.

NSW Health identified a student nurse tested positive on the evening of Tuesday June 29. This case was announced on Wednesday as she had worked whilst infectious at Fairfield and RNSH. Testing of close contacts of this case identified an additional eight cases across 3 linked households. Of those cases, five worked in aged care and healthcare, two had worked at Summit Care Baulkham Hills while infectious, one worked at Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal Ryde Rehab hospital and Fairfield Hospital whilst infectious. The others had not worked whilst infectious.

Follow up investigations at healthcare facilities have identified two further cases among health care workers at Royal North Shore Hospital, including one of today’s case who was identified as a close contact of the student nurse. This case did not work while infectious and is fully vaccinated. There are therefore two cases who acquired their infection through health care exposure, both had not worked while infectious. 

There are no further cases associated with Great Ocean Foods. The total number of cases linked to this location remains at 26, including 13 who acquired their infections at the premises and six subsequent contacts.

In light of recent community transmission in Auburn, NSW Health is advising anyone who visited Auburn Town Centre on or after 27 June to get tested for COVID-19, even if they do not have any symptoms. People with no symptoms or who have not been to close or casual venues do not need to strictly isolate while waiting for their test result, but should limit their movements outside the home to only the essentials.

To keep our community safe, please follow NSW Health advice. 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.

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.

NSW Health reminds people who have recently travelled from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria to regularly check local health websites to see if they have visited any of the venues of concern, and if so, immediately follow the relevant public health advice.

If you are in NSW and have attended any of the venues identified by interstate public health authorities at the times and dates listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the sewage systems at Penrith, Tunks Park, Maroubra, Penrith, Port Kembla and Rouse Hill.

The Penrith sewage treatment plant serves about 97,000 people in suburbs including Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Leonay, Emu Plains, Glenbrook, Penrith, South Penrith, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Regentville, Lapstone, Orchard Hills, Kingswood, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Llandilo, Sun Valley, Mount Riverview, Emu Heights, Jordan Springs, Mulgoa, Warrimoo, Blaxland and Yellow Rock, as well as the Blue Mountains National Park.

Yesterday the sewage surveillance program detected fragments in Hornsby Heights system, which takes in suburbs including Hornsby, Asquith, Mount Kuring-Gai, Mount Colah, Hornsby Heights, Berowra Heights, Cowan and Berowra.

NSW Health is not aware of recently diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Penrith or Hornsby Heights and asks anyone who lives or works in any of these areas to be particularly vigilant for the onset of any symptoms that could signal COVID-19. If they appear, please immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health wishes to thank the community for maintaining high testing numbers and continues to urge anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit the NSW Government COVID-19 testing clinics webpage or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 109 COVID-19 cases. Five of these are in intensive care and none require ventilation. Most cases (90 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Video of today’s press conference will be uploaded to the press conferences webpage.

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