NSW records 12 cases and one death, as elderly Sydney woman dies from COVID-19

Testing vital: NSW Health has encouraged people to continue coming forward for testing to ensure community transmission remains low.
Testing vital: NSW Health has encouraged people to continue coming forward for testing to ensure community transmission remains low.

NSW has recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the overnight figures, and only seven of those were acquired through community transmission.

However, amid this more positive news after two days of slightly higher numbers, there has been one more death due to the coronavirus.

NSW Health said a woman in her 80s who had COVID-19 died on Wednesday, taking the state's toll to 53.

Her infection was linked to the Our Lady of Lebanon cluster, the department said, passing its condolences to her family, friends and the Our Lady of Lebanon community.

NSW Health also reported that four of the new locally acquired cases were linked to existing cases, and three had not been linked to a known source.

There were 24,621 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 20,104 in the previous 24 hours, the department said.

NSW Health advised that a previously reported case linked to Our Lady of Mercy College attended two venues in South-Western Sydney whilst infectious with COVID-19.

Patrons and staff at Westfield Liverpool and the 5th Avenue Beauty Bar in Wetherill Park are considered to be casual contacts and advised to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. They should immediately self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 should symptoms develop, however mild.

The infectious person visited:

  • Westfield Liverpool on Friday 7 August from 10.30am to 11am and 12.30pm-1pm
  • 5th Avenue Beauty Bar, Wetherill Park on Saturday 8th August from 2pm-3pm

There are currently 135 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health.

Seven patients are in intensive care and six are ventilated, while 89 per cent of cases being treated are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Meantime in Victoria, there have been 278 new cases of coronavirus and another eight deaths overnight.

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