She thanked well-wishers for their support, with messages and flowers left piled against the wall of her office.
“It’s been an enormous comfort to know people care,” she said.
“I’m going to read every single card and every single message.”
She said Mr Perrottet, who was sworn in as Premier yesterday, would be an “outstanding” leader as NSW continued to fight its COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr Perrottet earlier said he has “incredible confidence” about the future of the state.
“The September quarter for this year will probably show negative growth but I expect us to bounce back very quickly,” he said.
“I think we’re going to have a very bright summer.”
Although he yesterday indicated the state’s “freedom day” would remain Monday, October 11, Mr Perrottet did signal other parts of NSW’s roadmap out of lockdown could change.
Compulsory mask-wearing in offices is set to remain until December 1, but Mr Perrottet admitted the rule was an “impediment” to returning workers.
“I’m meeting with health officials today to go through the roadmap,” he said.
“There are a number of areas within the roadmap that can be looked at.”
He cited getting people back into the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs as a priority.
“It’s important to get people back into town, we want to breathe life into Sydney, we want to breathe life into Parramatta,” he said.
Among those areas, Mr Perrottet said he would “definitely” look at hospital visitation rules, with a number of Sydney hospitals still maintaining bans on loved ones visiting.
“I’ve raised that with (Health Minister Brad Hazzard) already,” he said.
He said priorities would need to be balanced, with compassionate needs measured against protecting the elderly and sick most at risk of COVID-19.