NSW recorded 262 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and one death in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.
A woman in her 80s, who had been a resident at the Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill in Sydney’s inner west, died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
She had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 1 and was admitted to hospital that day. She was not vaccinated.
The death was the 28th during the Delta outbreak which began in June.
Of the new cases, 86 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, 26 were in isolation for part of their infectious period, and 46 were infectious in the community.
The isolation status of 104 cases remained under investigation.
Due to a notable increase in community transmission in recent days, 12 suburbs in the City of Penrith local government authority (LGA) will now have additional restrictions from 5:00pm today.
These suburbs are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s.
People in these suburbs must only shop for food or other essential goods within 5 kilometres of their home.
They cannot travel to other areas for work unless they are an authorised worker.
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The Canterbury Bankstown LGA continues to have the most cases but there was light at the end of the tunnel for the Georges River LGA, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraging more people to get tested even if they have the mildest symptoms.
“Health experts advise us that if people in the Georges River local government area come forward for higher rates of testing in the next few days that local government area is likely to be taken out of an area of concern,” she said.
The Premier urged compliance with lockdown rules.
“I urge everybody to please stick to the rules, polity health advice, and only leave home if you absolutely have to.”
The Premier said it was “positive” that more than 4.4 million vaccinations had so far been administered in the state.
“We are doing really well in terms of increasing the number of people getting vaccinated every day and can I urge everybody who has not had at least one dose of vaccine to come forward and get vaccinated,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“In terms of cases in hospital, we are seeing large numbers of people with COVID admitted to hospital,” NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said
There are 362 cases COVID cases in hospital with 58 people in intensive care, 24 of whom require ventilation.
Of the 58 cases in intensive care, five were in their 20s, seven in their 30s, four in their 40s, 17 in their 50s, seven in their 60s, 15 in the 70s and three in their 80s.
“So young people are certainly getting caught up with this disease,” Dr McAnulty said.
Traces of the virus were found in sewerage in Dubbo and Mudgee.
“So we’re asking people to come forward for testing in those communities. There are no known cases in those communities, so we need to extra vigilant,” Dr McAnulty said.
More to come