COVID case numbers in the Illawrra Shoalhaven Health District continue to climb, with 71 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday - the highest daily tally in months.
Three of the new cases are in the Shoalhaven - spread across the 2540, 2541 and 2539 areas.
There are also eight new cases in the Kiama local government area, seven in Shellharbour and 53 in Wollongong, bringing the district's tally to 3023 cases since the outbreak began on June 16.
Across the state there were 3,763 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the NSW tally since the beginning of the pandemic to 106,621.
There are currently 302 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 40 people in intensive care, 12 of whom require ventilation.
The number hospitalised across the state has been steadily growing in recent days from 215 Friday to 261 on Monday, 284 Tuesday and 302 today.
Similar increases have been seen in the numbers in intensive care and requiring ventilation.
The 24 hours to 8pm last night also brought the COVID-related deaths of two people - a woman in her 80s from south eastern Sydney who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions, and an unvaccinated woman in her 70s from south western Sydney who also had underlying health conditions.
NSW Health continues to remind everyone to practice COVID-safe behaviours, including recommending people wear a mask in settings where they cannot physically distance.
It says people should get tested and stay home if they have the mildest of symptoms - do not visit family, friends or go to social events if you are unwell, and wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
If you do not have symptoms, consider using a rapid antigen test before going out.