The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recorded 17 new COVID infections last night.
Of those, seven are from Wollongong Local Government Area, with four of those linked to known cases.
Postcodes affected are 2518, 2519, 2526 and 2530.
Eight cases are from Shellharbour, five of those are linked to a known case. Postcodes affected are 2527 and 2528.
Two are from the Shoalhaven area, postcode 2540, with neither infection linked to a known case.
Locally there are 25 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospital.
There are no new cases reported in the Kiama LGA
NSW Health has confirmed the death of two men in their 90s from the IRT Tarrawanna Aged Care Centre. A health district spokesperson confirmed they are the same deaths reported by the facility earlier this week.
There have now been 2304 local cases of COVID-19 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since the start of the current outbreak in June.
NSW recorded 283 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
No new cases were acquired overseas, and four cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 72,013.
Sadly NSW Health is reporting the deaths of seven people - five men and two women. This number includes the two IRT residents.
One person was in their 40s, one person was in their 50s, two people were in their 70s, and three people were in their 90s.
Two people were from the Wollongong area, two people were from Sydney's inner city, one person was from south western Sydney, one person was from the Maitland area and one person was from the Albury area.
Four people were not vaccinated, one person had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and two people had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A man in his 90s died at Mercy Place aged care facility in Albury where he acquired his infection. He was not vaccinated. This is the first death linked to an outbreak at this facility.
A man in his 50s from Sydney's inner city died at home. He tested positive to COVID-19 following his death. He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A man in his 40s from the Maitland area died at Maitland Hospital. He was not vaccinated.
NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to their loved ones.
There have been 486 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 542 in total since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 66,330 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.
There are currently 552 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 124 people in intensive care, 66 of whom require ventilation.
There were 88,664 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 90,597.
To 11.59pm on Monday 18 October 2021 across NSW, 92.3 per cent of people aged 16 and over had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 81.6 per cent were fully vaccinated.
In the 12-15 year old age group, 75.5 per cent have had their first dose, and 38.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 11,751,667, with 3,942,283 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 7,809,384 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11:59pm on Monday 18 October 2021.