COVID-19 UPDATE 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

  • There were 1,284 new local cases in NSW.

  • 1,245 in hospital.

  • 228 in intensive care.


The Statewide vaccination rates confirmed by NSW Health are:

  • 80.7% first dose

  • 49.6% second dose (fully vaccinated)

HNE Health have confirmed 24 new cases COVID-19 for the New England Health Area.


The 24 new cases take the total number in the current outbreak to 391. There are currently 219 active cases.

  • 1 is from Maitland LGA - 1 in Rutherford

  • 10 are from Newcastle LGA - 3 in Wallsend - 3 in Elermore Vale - 1 in Mayfield - 1 in North Lambton - 1 in Bar Beach - 1 in Mayfield East

  • 8 are from Lake Macquarie LGA - 2 in Toronto - 1 in Wangi Wangi - 1 in Balcolyn - 1 in Mount Hutton - 1 in Edgeworth - 1 in Glendale - 1 in Belmont South

  • 2 are from Port Stephens LGA - 1 in Nelson Bay - 1 in Tanilba Bay

  • 2 are from Singleton LGA - 2 in Singleton

  • 1 is from Glen Innes Severn LGA - 1 in Glen Innes

  • 11 of the total active cases are currently being cared for in hospital. 2 are in ICU. Sadly, a man in his 60s with COVID-19, died at John Hunter Hospital yesterday.

  • 14 are linked. 5 are unlinked, and 5 are still under investigation. 12 were infectious in the community. - 7 were isolating while infectious. - 5 is still under investigation.

  • 417 close contacts are in isolation.


To see vaccination rates by postcode visit https://bit.ly/Vaccination_by_postcode. To view the case location map for NSW visit https://bit.ly/NSW_CaseLocations.


NSW Health sends a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information.

HNE Health also make a follow-up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements. If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553.