Nearly 1400 people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District tested positive for COVID via PCR swabs in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, but that number is expected to be dwarfed by rapid antigen test results.
Across the state there were 92,264 new COVID cases including 61,387 that came via positive rapid antigen tests completed since January 1 but reported yesterday as part of new reporting requirements, and included in the daily figures for the first time today.
At this stage the RAT results have not been broken down into geographical areas or health districts.
The PCR results included 208 new cases in the Shoalhaven - the vast majority centred on the 2541, 2540 and 2539 areas.
There were 83 new cases in Kiama, 345 in Shellharbour and 760 in Wollongong.
The number of COVID patients being treated in the district's hospitals has grown to 96.
Across the state there are 2,383 COVID patients being treated in hospital, including 182 people in intensive care, 60 of whom require ventilation.
In the 24 hours to 8pm last night there were 22 COVID-related deaths in NSW.
One person was aged in their 60s, eight were aged in their 70s, seven were aged in their 80s, five were aged in their 90s and one had past 100 years.
Of those 14 were vaccinated and eight were unvaccinated.
Seven people were from south western Sydney, seven were from Northern Sydney, three were from south eastern Sydney, two were from Inner Sydney, one was from the Eastern Suburbs, one was from the Central Coast and one was from the Cessnock area.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 799.
The number of children aged five to 11 who have received the first dose of a vaccine had reached four per cent of all possible youngsters by 8pm last night, while the number of adults vaccinated remains stagnant at 95.1 per cent having received on dose, and 93.7 per cent having two.