An additional COVID-19 winter booster is strongly recommended for people aged 50 and over, and other people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, such as:
- older people
- people living in aged care
- people living in disability care
- Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander peoples, after discussion with their doctor or clinician
- people over the age of 16 who are immunocompromised, as defined by their doctor or clinician
- pregnant women aged 30 to 50 after discussion with their doctor or clinician.
Anyone aged 30 and over can get a winter booster if they wish.
Know if you're eligible for COVID-19 antivirals
COVID-19 antiviral medicines help reduce the severity of illness for people at higher risk of getting really sick. They work best when taken within 5 days of symptoms starting. Find out if you're eligible and make a plan with your doctor today.
By protecting yourself, you’ll help keep your family, friends and community safe too.
If you test positive to COVID-19, find out your next steps and how you can look after your illness at home
Protect yourself against flu and COVID-19
During winter our risk of catching viral illnesses is higher. Staying up to date with your vaccinations is a simple step you can take to help protect yourself and everyone you love. It’s safe and convenient to get your COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time. Visit your local GP, pharmacy, or Aboriginal Medical Service to get vaccinated now.
Get your flu shot
It's free for people aged 65 and over, children aged 6 months to under 5 years, Aboriginal people, pregnant women and people at higher risk of serious illness from flu.
The NSW Productivity Commission has found keeping beneficial COVID-19 regulatory reforms would see a $3.1 billion boost to the NSW economy over the next decade.
Take steps to stay healthy and safe, while helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
New COVID-19 cases and tests in the past 24 hours
Positive results from PCR tests
Positive results from rapid antigen tests (RATs)**
New PCR tests
Data for the past 24 hours until 4pm 16 August 2022, last updated 17 August 2022.
Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths
Current active cases*
Admitted to hospital
In intensive care
Deaths reported in the past 24 hours**
Active cases and hospitalisations as of 4pm, 16 August 2022, last updated 17 August 2022. Deaths for past 24 hours up until 4pm, 16 August 2022, last updated 17 August 2022.
*Active COVID-19 cases are defined as people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. This has been updated from the previous definition of 28 days following an expert panel review recommendation. Cases who are in hospital are considered active. Active cases include PCR results and positive rapid antigen test (RAT) registrations.
**As per the national surveillance definition, deaths are reported as COVID-19 deaths if a person died with COVID-19, not necessarily because COVID-19 was the cause of death. Deaths are only excluded if there is a clear alternative cause of death that is unrelated to COVID-19 (e.g. trauma).
COVID-19 related deaths are notified to NSW Health from a range of sources and not all deaths reported by NSW Health occurred in the week in which they are reported, as there is sometimes a delay between a death occurring and it being notified to NSW Health.