• Tony Bosworth


There are 10 active cases of COVID at the moment at Richmond's Hawkesbury Living, according to an email sent to relatives of residents last night. Cases have spread to Rivera within the aged care facility which had previously been COVID-free, with 3 cases identified after weekend tests.

Those recently infected have been moved to what the home calls the Cameron Red Zone where those with COVID are being looked after. A clinical specialist has been allocated to Rivera and a GP visits everyday.

In an email to relatives, the home's manager said they were not sure how the virus had got into Rivera but they were looking at separating the air conditioning systems on the different floors.

There have been no more cases in the main building.

In the Hawkesbury in the last 24 hours there have been 11 new cases.

There are 44 new cases in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which includes the Hawkesbury,

In terms of vaccinations - NSW single dose for all those over 16 is at 82.5%, with 53% on two doses, so still a way to go before we reach 70% two doses which is when there may be a loosening of some restrictions.

In the last 24 hours there were 1022 new NSW cases.

There were 10 deaths due to COVID, none in the Hawkesbury.

One person was in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, five people were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.

Six people were from south western Sydney, one person was from western Sydney, one person was from south eastern Sydney, one person was from northern Sydney and one person was from Sydney’s north west.

Of the 10 people who died with COVID-19, six were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and two people – a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s, both with serious underlying health conditions – had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There have been 255 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since June 16, and 311 in total since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 48,061 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

There are 1266 people with COVID in hospital, with 244 people in intensive care, 118 of whom require ventilation.

There were 121,661 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 124,650.

NSW Health gave 35,216 COVID vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7413 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

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