COVID case numbers in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have increased dramatically in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with the 48 new cases double the previous day's tally of 24.
The daily case number is the largest for more than two months when Delta was at its peak.
One of the new cases was in the Shoalhaven's 2540 area, there were two in the Kiama local government area, 11 in Shellharbour and 34 in Wollongong.
Only five of the 48 new detections were linked to known cases.
The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals has grown by two to eight, and there have been 2952 COVID-19 cases in the district since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
The number of COVID cases across the state since the start of the pandemic has topped 100.000, on the back of a new record 3,057 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday night.
The 24 hours also saw the COVID-related deaths of two people - a man in his 80s from Sydney’s southern suburbs who had received two vaccine doses and had underlying health conditions, and an unvaccinated woman in her 70s from the Central West who also had underlying health conditions.
There are currently 284 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals across NSW, with 39 people in intensive care, 11 of whom require ventilation.