Key points from NSW Health on COVID-19 for 17 September 2021

  • We are getting closer to our 70% double vaccination target. We are currently at 80.7% single dose and will reach 50% double dose today.
  • Thank you to the community for coming out in such strong numbers, especially in LGAs of concern. Please encourage your friends and family and book your vaccination today at nsw.gov.au
  • NSW recorded 1,284 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Regrettably, twelve people have died. This is a constant reminder of how deadly and contagious this disease is.
  • We remain concerned about areas with positive sewage detection and encourage people in Uralla, Inverell, Hunter Karuah, Coffs Harbour, Cowra, Narooma and Young to be vigilant for symptoms, look out for public health advice and come forward for testing. We have identified positive cases and exposure sites in Young.
  • Greater Western Sydney and Southwest Sydney continue to have a high burden of cases. Sydney suburbs of most concern are Greenacre, Guildford Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands, Blacktown and Liverpool.
  • We are also seeing increasing cases in the Central Coast and Illawarra. We ask communities in those areas to please come forward and get tested but also to make sure they’re sticking to the COVID restrictions.
  • Please make sure you know the restrictions in your area https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules
  • Vaccination is our ticket to freedom. We are working with businesses and industry to ensure there is clarity about what will happen when we reach our 70% double vaccination target. We have started to develop our plan for 80% double vaccination.
  • At the end of September we will trial a seven-day home quarantine for 175 fully vaccinated travellers. This represents a significant step towards being able to travel overseas to see friends and family.