COVID cases in NSW continue to trend downward as the state recorded 935 new infections in the 24-hour reporting period.
There were also four deaths, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The central western NSW town of Cowra is going into lockdown after a primary school boy tested positive to COVID-19.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the week-long lockdown in the town of about 10,000 people would come into force at 5pm on Monday.
In a clear warning yet about the crisis looming for NSW hospitals, Gladys Berejiklian said the system "will be overwhelmed in October".
There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since mid-June 2021 and a total of 301 since the pandemic began.
One of the new cases was acquired overseas, and 28 previously reported cases have been excluded following investigation.
There are 1,207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.
The breakdown of the 935 new cases is:
- 275 are from South Western Sydney
- 219 are from Western Sydney
- 111 are from South Eastern Sydney
- 102 are from Sydney
- 50 are from Northern Sydney
- 49 are from Nepean Blue Mountains
- 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven
- 24 are from Hunter New England
- 19 are from Central Coast
- 10 are from Western
- seven are from Southern NSW
- two are from Far West
- three are from Murrumbidgee
- 10 are in correctional settings
- and nine cases are yet to be assigned.
The sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus in the far western NSW town of Dareton
There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 99,782. NSW Health administered 23,156 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.