New COVID case numbers in the Shoalhaven and Kiama are down today, compared to the weekend.
However the number of COVID patients hospitalised in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has climbed to 66, up from 53 on Friday night.
In the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday there were 92 new COVID cases in the Shoalhaven - 20 in the 3541 postcode, 63 in 3540, five in 2539, one in 2538 and three in 2535.
This compares to 207 new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, and 415 to 8pm Friday.
Today's figures also revealed 75 new cases in Kiama, including 59 in the 2533 area and 16 in 2534.
In the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday there were 69 new cases in Kiama, and 99 to 8pm Friday.
Numbers across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District also fell in the figures released this morning, with 888 new cases compared to 1386 Sunday morning, and 1728 the day before.
The number of new COVID cases detected across the state in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday also fell significantly to 20,293 - partly reflecting a reduction in testing numbers as more people seek out rapid antigen tests.
However it was also the deadliest day of the pandemic in the state, with 18 COVID-related deaths including a child under five from south western Sydney who had significant underlying health conditions.
Also losing their lives were six women and 11 men - one aged in their 30s, three aged in their 60s, four aged in their 70s, seven aged in their 80s and two aged in their 90s.
Four people were from south western Sydney, three were from western Sydney, two were from the Hunter region, two were from southern Sydney, two were from Sydney’s inner west, one was from northern Sydney, one was from Sydney’s inner city, one was from eastern Sydney, one was from the Riverina region, and one person was from Penrith.