Eight new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven are among 123 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday.
Of the Shoalhaven cases there were two in the 2541 area, three in 2540, two in 2539 and one in the 2535 area.
There were also four new cases on Kiama, 19 in Shellharbour and 92 in the Wollongong local government area.
That's Wollongong's biggest daily case number in months.
The number of COVID patients in the district's hospitals is also on the rise to 11, from eight two days ago when the figure was last published.
There have been 3146 COVID-19 cases reported in the health district since June 16, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
The local case number increase reflects what is happening across NSW, which recorded a record 5,715 new cases in the 24 hours.
NSW Health says most of the new cases are likely due to the Omicron strain.
And which Omicron is said to be less dangerous than the previous Delta strain, the number of COVID patients being treated in the state's hospitals continues to grow to 347, up from 302 the previous day.
The number of COVID patients in intensive care is up by five to 45, while an extra person requires ventilation.
They bring the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 112,307.
The 24 hours also brought the death of an unvaccinated man in his 40s from western Sydney who had underlying health conditions.
NSW Health continues to remind everyone to practise COVID-safe behaviours, including recommending people wear a mask in settings where they cannot physically distance.