Here's Where You Can Get NSW Health's Daily COVID-19 Updates From Now On
Premier Gladys Berejiklian isn't giving daily COVID-19 press conferences anymore, but you can still get the latest case numbers at 11am each morning.
Since Greater Sydney first went into lockdown towards the end of June, we've all been able to set our clocks by one constant: the 11am press conference that delivers New South Wales' new COVID-19 case numbers for the past 24 hours. For as long as the city — and, for a while, the whole state — has been under stay-at-home conditions, either Premier Gladys Berejiklian or Health Minister Brad Hazzard has fronted the media to chat through the figures and the situation. Sometimes they've both been there, and they've always had NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant or another NSW Health staff member for company. Often, other speakers take the microphone as well, including health workers, emergency services workers, members of NSW Police and other ministers.
That all changed today, Tuesday, September 14 — after the Premier flagged last Friday that the NSW Government would be shaking up the usual press conference format. Berejiklian initially announced that it'd change from Monday, September 13; however, the Premier then spoke through the cases and COVID-19 situation as normal that day. Today, however, it was NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty who did the honours.
Wondering what that means for tuning in and hearing the latest — aka that thing we've all been doing with our mid-morning coffees each day for almost three months now? Thankfully, you'll still be able to watch along, with NSW Health still uploading the briefings to its Facebook page. Today's session was still streamed live, actually; however, when the Premier announced the end of her daily involvement in revealing the new cases numbers, she advised that NSW Health would be doing daily videos.
So, in the future, that might mean a return to the pre-recorded updates that were the norm before lockdown started — which were uploaded on both Facebook and Twitter. That's where you'll want to keep looking at 11am each day. NSW Health also posts the daily figures on its social media platforms at the same time, so you'll see the numbers there as well if that's all you're looking for.
Whenever the cases are delivered via livestreams, you'll still likely find them on various news media outlets' websites, live blogs and YouTube pages, and usually on the ABC News channel as well.
NSW recorded 1,127 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/QS809aYxhy
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) September 14, 2021
The Premier has advised that she and/or other ministers will still be doing press conferences "intermittently" on a "needs basis". So, expect that to happen when there's a big announcement — such as future changes to lockdown restrictions, as have already been flagged when NSW reaches the 70-percent and 80-percent fully vaxxed mark.
NSW Health posts the daily COVID-19 case numbers on its Facebook and Twitter pages at 11am daily, and you can find its livestreamed briefings on Facebook as well. For further details about the status of COVID-19 in NSW, head to the NSW Health website.
Published on September 14, 2021 by Sarah Ward