NSW reported 1022 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 10 deaths.
Hunter New England Health district registered 18 new cases, including eight from Lake Macquarie local government area, five from Newcastle, two from Maitland, one from Cessnock, one from Muswellbrook and one from Glen Innes.
Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said the new case in Muswellbrook was unlikely to send the town back into lockdown "at this stage" as the person had not been infectious in the community.
He expected household contacts of the person to test positive in coming days.
The other new Hunter cases comprised three in Mount Hutton, three in Toronto, three in Tarro and one each in Booragul, Coal Point, Mayfield, Jesmond, Metford, Aberglasslyn and Greta.
Twelve of the new cases were infectious in the community.
The region has 11 COVID patients in hospital but none are now in intensive care.
Federal government figures issued on Monday evening show double-dose vaccination rates in parts of the Hunter are 19 percentage points behind the NSW average.
The figures also show only 54 per cent of the Hunter's 20,734 indigenous people aged 15 and over have received one dose and 26.6 per cent have received both.
The new cases statewide included:
- 368 in South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD)
- 226 in Western Sydney LHD
- 105 in South Eastern Sydney LHD
- 102 in Sydney LHD
- 50 in Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
- 44 in Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
- 40 in Northern Sydney LHD
- 27 in Central Coast LHD
- 18 in Hunter New England LHD
- nine in Southern NSW LHD
- seven in Western NSW LHD
- six in Far West LHD
- five in Murrumbidgee LHD
- one in Northern NSW LHD
- five in correctional settings
- nine cases yet to be assigned to an LHD
Nineteen previously reported cases have been excluded after further investigation, and the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 53,709.
NSW Health reported that the deaths included one person in their 50s, one person in their 60s, two people in their 70s, five people in their 80s and one person in their 90s.
Six of the fatalities were from south-western Sydney, one from western Sydney, one from south-eastern Sydney, one from northern Sydney and one from Sydney's north-west.
Of the 10 people who died with COVID-19, six were not vaccinated, two people had received one dose and two people, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s, both with serious underlying health conditions, had received two doses.
NSW has recorded 255 COVID-related deaths in NSW since June 16.
Across the state, 1266 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, including 244 in intensive care.
NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in samples from Ballina and Wardell in northern NSW.