Updates to Public Health Orders
As of 18 September 2020, a Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020 continues the restrictions on Aged Care Facilities until 17 December 2020. The Order retains the restrictions in relation to influenza vaccinations and specifies that a person must not enter a residential aged care facility if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher.
As of 31 August 2020, an Public Health (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) Order (No 4) 2020 continues the restrictions on who can enter or leave Lord Howe Island and self-isolation requirements until 28 November.
As of 27 August 2020, an exemption is in place under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020. The exemption is for places of public worship, to allow weddings with up to 150 persons subject to the 4 square metre rule, and, where there is more than one building on the premises, to allow each building to have up to 100 persons (or up to 150 for a wedding) subject to the specific conditions as outlined in the exemption.
On 25 August 2020, an amendment was made to the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 with regard to party buses. The amendment states that a vehicle being used as a party bus is not an exempt gathering and the four square metre rule applies. The occupier of the party bus must have a COVID-19 safety plan that addresses the matters in the checklist for commercial vessels.
Flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19
As of 23 September, close contact rows have been released for Japan Airlines flight JL408 departing from Tokyo on 20 September 2020 and arriving in Sydney on 21 September 2020. The close contact rows are 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
As of 23 September, close contact rows have been released for United Airlines flight UA839 departing from Los Angeles on 18 September 2020 and arriving in Sydney on 19 September 2020. The close contact rows are 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36.
As of 17 September, close contact rows have been released for Emirates flight EK414 departing from Dubai and arriving in Sydney on 5 September 2020. The close contact rows are 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
As of 17 September, close contact rows have been released for Air India flight AI302 departing from Delhi and arriving in Sydney on 13 September 2020. The close contact rows are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
As of 17 September, close contact rows have been released for Air New Zealand flight NZ103 departing from Auckland and arriving in Sydney on 13 September 2020. The close contact rows are 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46.
See all recent flights will confirmed cases of COVID-19.
COVID-19 update webinar
A recording of the latest RACGP NSW and ACT and NSW Health webinar is available at NSW COVID-19 update webinar - Tuesday 31 August 2020.
As of 17 August, advice for screening patients prior to elective surgery has been updated to consider various risk levels of COVID-19 exposure. For more information, refer to COVID-19: Elective surgery.
Advice from the Chief Health Officer
See the latest advice from the Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant:
Areas of increased testing
NSW Health encourages people who live in, or have visited any of the areas for increased testing in the last two weeks to get tested, even if they have the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have visited a venue with a confirmed COVID-19 case you may need to take further action. See the list of locations where visitors are advised to self-isolate and get tested immediately or monitor for symptoms.
Victorian residents at boarding schools in NSW
Advice has been issued for Victorian residents at boarding schools in NSW.
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