NSW latest Covid update as at 4 August

​NSW recorded 233 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these locally acquired cases, 103 are linked to a known case or cluster – 79 are household contacts and 24 are close contacts – and the source of infection for 130 cases is under investigation.

Ninety-two cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 21 were in isolation for part of their infectious period. Forty-seven cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 73 cases remains under investigation.

One new case was acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Two previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigations, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,604.

Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of the deaths of two people who were confirmed COVID-19 cases.

A woman in her 80s from Sydney’s inner west died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital yesterday. This is the 16th COVID-related death during the current outbreak.

A man in his 20s from south-west Sydney died at his home yesterday. He was a confirmed case of COVID-19 and was isolating at home. His death has been referred to the NSW Coroner.

NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their families and friends.

There have been 4,063 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this recent outbreak was reported.

There are currently 286 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 53 people in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation.

There were 105,578 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 104,536.

Cases​Count​
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 9,604
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 72
Total tests carried out 9,509,942
Total vaccinations administered in NSW 4,053,592

NSW Health administered 25,470 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 8,078 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 4,053,592, with 1,560,488 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 2,493,104 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Monday 2 August 2021.

Of the 233 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night, 93 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 65 are from Western Sydney LHD, 54 are from Sydney LHD, nine are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, eight are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, two are from Northern Sydney LHD and two are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage systems in Newcastle and on the central coast, mid north coast and central west, including Newcastle’s Burwood Beach, Shortland and Belmont on the central coast, Coffs Harbour and Bonny Hills on the mid north coast and Mudgee in the central west.

None of these have known cases of COVID-19 living in any of the areas they serve.

The Burwood Beach sewage treatment plant serves about 225,800 people from Newcastle City area and surrounding suburbs of Dudley, Charlestown, Jesmond, Lambton, New Lambton, Mayfield, Elermore Vale, Wallsend, Kotara, Garden Suburb, Adamstown Heights, Kahibah, Highfields, Merewether, Waratah West, Georgetown and Carrington. This is the first detection since April 2021.

The Belmont sewage treatment plant serves about 115,000 people from suburbs including Belmont, Warners Bay, Gateshead, Tingira Heights, Bennetts Green, Jewells, Redhead, Eleebana, Croudace Bay, Valentine, Marks Point, Blacksmiths, Pelican, Swansea, Swansea Heads, and Caves Beach.

The Shortland sewage treatment plant near Lake Macquarie serves about 60,000 people from Cameron Park, Fletcher, Maryland, Shortland, Mayfield West, Stockton, Sandgate, Callaghan, Kooragang, Fern Bay, Minmi, Birmingham Gardens and Fullerton Cove.

The Coffs Harbour sewage treatment plant serves about 57,400 people from the urban areas of Coffs Harbour, while Bonny Hills serves around 7,010 residents of Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area.

The Mudgee sewage treatment plant serves around 12,000 residents of the urban areas of Mudgee.

NSW Health urges everyone in all of these areas to be particularly vigilant for the onset of symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health is investigating possible transmission of COVID-19 between returned travellers in Sydney’s CBD.

Results of whole genome sequencing shows possible transmission between two separate groups of returned travellers staying on different floors of the Adina Town Hall in mid-July.

Two members of one family, who arrived at the hotel on 13 July, tested positive for COVID-19 on 15 July. They were transferred to Special Health Accommodation shortly after.

One member of a second family staying on a separate floor of the Adina Town Hall tested positive to COVID-19 six days later. They had arrived on 9 July. That family was then also transferred to Special Health Accommodation.

NSW Health’s routine genome sequencing now shows the infection of both families is an identical match. The virus is the Delta strain and different to the strain circulating in Sydney. No other cases in the Adina Town Hall have the same viral sequence.

Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission.

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 410 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit: COVID-19 testing 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
Overseas1123,358
Interstate0091
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster  1038394,471
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster09469
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing  1306251,215
Under initial investigation000
Total 234 1,485 9,604

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

*notified from 8pm 2 August 2021 to 8pm 3 August 2021 

**from 8pm 28 July 2021 to 8pm 3 August 2021

COVID-19 vaccination update

COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in NSW Doses past 24 hours* All doses
NSW Health – first doses12,875964,479
NSW Health – second doses  12,595596,009
Total 25,470 1,560,488

*notified from 8pm 2 August 2021 to 8pm 3 August 2021  

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