A total of 77 per cent of the entire adult population have now received one jab while and 44.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
In total 114,000 people were given a jab yesterday in NSW and 147,000 tests were conducted.
Of the eight deaths, one was a person in their 30s who died at home in western Sydney. He tested positive after his death.
The other deaths include: A man in his 70s from Western Sydney, a man in his 40s who tested positive after he died, a man in his 70s from Western Sydney, a woman in her 80s from Sydney’s south, a man in his 80s from south-western Sydney, a woman in her 80s from south-western Sydney and a man in his 50s from Western Sydney.
All had underlying health conditions, Mr Hazzard said.
A total of 1164 people are in hospital with the virus, with 221 in intensive care and 94 being kept alive by ventilators.
Asked if he was concerned people will flock to the beach in Sydney amid temperatures pushing 30C, Mr Hazzard said “no”.
“No, I am concerned about people who are not vaccinated,” he said. “Fresh air we know is the safest place to be at the present time.”
He said 900 people are being cared for in “health hotels”.
They are often used for people who can’t isolate from other family members.
Most people are catching the virus at home, with work the second most common place transmission occurs.
Western and south-western Sydney remain the main hotspots for the virus.
“So again, a message to the broader community is, please go and get vaccinated. You are doing it for yourself, for your family and for the broader community,” Mr Hazzard said.
He said while he thinks NSW will soon see cases peak, it will be dependent on people continuing to get vaccinated.
Cases in regions rise
There have been 16 new local cases in Western NSW, 12 in Dubbo and four in Bathurst.
Mr Hazzard said the “virus is highlighting some of the inequities in our community”.
When asked about the man who died at home, he said some people are reluctant to say they have the virus because they need to work.
“I think there is a reluctance, in many instances, for people to want to actually tell us that they are actually not well, because they want to go on earning income,” he said.
“I say to those people, the Federal Government and the State Government have put up economic packages, there is also lots of other support for you, and the most important thing is to stay alive.
“Please do not hesitate to contact our health system for support.”
New mum with COVID-19 ‘previously healthy’
Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine specialist Dr Brian Burns, who is in charge of distributing patients across NSW hospitals by road and by air, said so far they had moved around 90 COVID-19 positive patients on ventilators between hospitals.
He said one patient, a new mum stands out.
“The most common theme with these patients, as you have heard many times at these press conferences, is a non-vaccinated status.
“It is awful to see these patients and these conditions.
“Often they are young, previously healthy and one that stands out to me was a young woman I recently transferred who had just delivered a baby.”
He called on people to get vaccinated “and to do it now”.
That day is expected to come in mid-October, around five weeks away.
Daily briefings axed
Mr Hazzard reassured journalists that press conferences will still be given and defend the ending of the daily updates.
He said preparing for the daily events takes “hours.”
“They might not be absolutely every day. Have no fear, we will be here,” he said.
“There is a massive team of people getting ready, drawing in all the information… probably three or four hours beforehand.
“That time is taken out from the time we need to do the things you want us to do.”