COVID-19

COVID-19 guidance and support for people in NSW.

With the end of mandatory self-isolation, little things make a big difference to keep us all COVID safe.

Making sure our families are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and staying home if you have symptoms matters.

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Steps to reduce your COVID risk

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the community. To protect yourself and your loved ones:

  1. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
  2. Stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms and get tested.
  3. Wear a mask in crowded, indoor places.
  4. Talk with your doctor now if you're at higher risk of severe illness. You may be eligible for antiviral medicines.
  5. Don't visit people who are at higher risk if you have symptoms or COVID-19.

COVID-19 information

Face mask wearing

By protecting yourself, you’ll help keep your family, friends and community safe too.

image of someone holding a positive rapid antigen test

If you test positive to COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test, register your result with Service NSW.

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What to do if you think you may have COVID-19, including how to get tested and guidance on what to do if you test positive.

Holding hands with person unwell in hospital

There are some groups of people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Find information on treatments, testing methods and vaccines available to protect you.

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Staying up to date with your vaccinations and boosters is a simple step you can take to help protect yourself, your family and everyone you love.

Family at the airport

If you are arriving in NSW from overseas, the following advice can help protect you, your loved ones and everyone around you from COVID-19.

Protect yourself against flu and COVID-19

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.

Eligibility 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.

Understand antivirals

Get your additional boosters

An additional booster dose is now recommended for people aged 50 and over and people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Find out more about COVID-19 boosters

Find a COVID-19 testing clinic

If you have symptoms, self-isolate and check the testing advice. If you are at higher risk of severe illness, take a PCR test (nose and throat swab) rather than a rapid antigen test.

Who should get tested 
Find a clinic near you

Free rapid antigen tests now available

Concession, Pensioner, Health Care, and Veterans cardholders, people with disability, their carers, and immunocompromised people are eligible for free RAT tests.

Find out more about free rapid antigen tests

Latest news

A doctor in a mask giving a man in a wheelchair, who is also wearing a mask, a vaccine.
18 November 2022

NSW Health has upgraded its COVID-19 risk rating to amber requiring masks to be worn in all hospital areas and visitor numbers monitored to protect staff and patients.


New COVID-19 cases and tests in the past 7 days

Changes to COVID-19 reporting

From Friday 9 September, routine COVID-19 reports will occur weekly. NSW Health also provides detailed reporting and analysis of the latest COVID-19 data in its weekly respiratory surveillance reports

New cases*
31,531
Positive results from PCR tests
18,167
Positive results from rapid antigen tests (RATs)**
13,364
Deaths reported ***
25

Data for the past 7 days until 4pm, 24 November 2022, last updated 25 November 2022.

*Combined total of PCR positive test results and rapid antigen test (RAT) positive result registrations.

**Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are reported by individuals using the Service NSW website or app.

***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.

COVID-19 hospitalisations

Admitted to hospital
1,320
In intensive care
32

Hospitalisations as of 4pm, 24 November 2022, last updated 25 November 2022.

Need help now?

Contacts and enquiries

  • Call Service NSW 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays: 13 77 88
  • Call the National Coronavirus Helpline
    1800 020 080 (24-hour help line)
  • Get guidance for your business with the 
    Business Concierge service.

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