Meanwhile, the NSW government has set out its health advice, rules and penalties for when the state reopens at the 70 percent double dose vaccination target.
Statewide, 88.1 percent of people age 16 and older received their first vaccine, and 66.5 percent were fully vaccinated by midnight Friday.
Companies will be responsible for taking “reasonable measures to prevent unvaccinated people from entering the premises”, such as having prominent signs, QR code requirements and accepting only valid proofs of vaccination.
Hospitality, retail stores, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons will be monitored by authorized officials and fines of $1,000 will be imposed on the spot for those who violate the rules or use fraudulent vaccination records.
Companies can be fined $5,000 for violating the rules.
Under the advice, which may change as case numbers and evidence do, vaccinated close contacts of a positive case should be tested, isolate for seven days, retest on the sixth day and, if negative, end isolation after day seven.
They should work from home all week whenever possible and should not visit catering establishments or high-risk establishments, even if this is their place of work.
Unvaccinated close contacts of a positive case should be tested and isolated for 14 days, retested after 12 days, and if a negative result is received, the isolation may be terminated after two weeks.
Anyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, with COVID-19 symptoms has been urged to get tested and self-isolate.
Those who test positive will have to isolate for another 14 days.
Case tally dips below 700
NSW reported 667 new locally acquired cases and 10 deaths on Sunday, the first time the daily number of cases has fallen below 700 since Aug. 19.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned people to exercise caution and respect restrictions while enjoying the NRL grand finale to avoid super-spreading events.
“You shouldn’t have people at home,” he told reporters.
“Your home remains one of the most dangerous places to transmit the virus.”
Although the rugby league decider will be held out of state for the first time in Queensland, Sydney fans will be cheered on by two local teams taking part in the event – South Sydney and Penrith.
Of the 10 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, four people had not been vaccinated, four had received one dose and two had been fully vaccinated.
The dead take the toll for the current outbreak to 372.
Child from scratch on IC
There are 981 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in NSW, with 195 in intensive care units and 93 on ventilators.
Hazzard said a child aged 0-9 was in intensive care, as were three people aged 10-19.
He said the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian has not changed the lockdown roadmap for NSW.
“She has been absolutely crucial to the team,” Hazzard said.
“But that doesn’t mean the health team and the rest of the government won’t continue to do what we need to do.”
88,210 tests were conducted until 8pm on Saturday, compared to a total of 98,266 the day before.
NSW Health has detected virus fragments in sewage at Tweed Kingscliff and Tweed Banora Point in northern NSW.
Casino is on lockdown, with home orders applicable to anyone who has visited the northern NSW town since September 24th.
Meanwhile, non-emergency day treatment will restart on Tuesday at NSW private health facilities as transmission rates continue to decline. However, non-emergency procedures in NSW public hospitals continue to be postponed.