NSW COVID death identified as Jamilie Joseph from Our Lady of Lebanon
The 53rd person to die from COVID-19 in New South Wales has been identified as Sydney grandmother, Jamilie Joseph.
Joseph, who is in her 80s, died on Wednesday in intensive care, separated from the comfort of her family.
She was an enthusiastic and active member of her community and church – Our Lady of Lebanon in Harris Park – which sits at the centre of one of the state’s key coronavirus clusters.
The church has now been linked to 25 cases of COVID-19.
A mass will be held on Friday, within the restrictions, to farewell her.
But some family members won’t be allowed to attend to say goodbye as they too are battling COVID-19 or in isolation.
“She a very, very lovely lady – and loved everyone,” one woman told 7NEWS.
“For a community that’s been through all this – and what’s happened in Lebanon as well – it’s just devastating,” another person said.
“She always walks up and down this road with her son. Every morning she comes and says good morning to me,” a man remembered.
“It’s very sad.”
She is the state’s 53rd fatality and brings the national death toll to 361.
The last coronavirus-related death in NSW was on August 1, when an 83-year-old man died.
He contracted the virus after being associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula.
There are 12 new cases tonight – five have returned from overseas – four have been traced to known outbreaks – but three have no links at all.