Tuesday, September 28, 2021

NSW: More than half of today’s 145 new COVID cases not linked to known clusters

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

NSW has recorded 145 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19, with the source of 79 new cases not linked to a known case or cluster.

Fifty-eight cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 25 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period, Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant confirmed today.

“Fifty-one cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 11 cases remains under investigation,” Dr Chant said.

Sadly, NSW Health was notified of two COVID-related deaths, which were announced yesterday. There have now been eight COVID-related deaths in NSW during this current outbreak.

“There are currently 156 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 44 people in intensive care, 18 of whom require ventilation,” NSW Health said in a statement.

There were 98,158 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 102,233.

NSW Health administered 15,448 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 5,754 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

Of the 145 cases reported to 8pm last night, 72 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 32 are from Western Sydney LHD, 23 are from Sydney LHD, 10 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, five are from Northern Sydney LHD, one is from Central Coast LHD, one is from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD and one is from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD.

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has also detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the sewage treatment plant at Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands.

“There are no known cases in this area,” NSW Health said.

Moss Vale sewage treatment plant serves about 9,000 people in the area.

“Everyone in the area is asked to be especially vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again.”

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