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Areas for increased testing and surveillance

Areas of increased testing and surveillance were updated on 20 April 2020.

COVID-19 case definition and testing advice

As of 18 April 2020, the definition of close contact has been extended to 48 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed or probable case. For more information, refer to COVID-19 case definition and testing advice - Close contact definition.

Increased COVID-19 screening at health facilties

As of 17 April 2020, as an additional measure to increase surveillence, all NSW public hospital and health services will require staff and visitors to be screened when entering a NSW Health facility. Screening will involve temperature checks and questions seeking an individual’s potential for contact with a COVID-19 positive case. These additional measures will help identify anyone who may require testing while also increasing current layers of protection for patients, their families and staff.

Flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19

As of 21 April 2020, close contact rows have been released for Qantas flight QF470 departing from Melbourne on 9 April 2020. The close contact rows include 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. See all recent flights will confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Clinical advice on self-collection of swabs for COVID-19 testing

As of 17 April 2020, advice has been issued regarding the self collection of swabs for COVID-19 testing. Refer to Clinical advice on self-collection of swabs for COVID-19 testing​.

Blood gas analysers: Cessation of pleural fluid testing

As of 15 April 2020, new advice has been released regarding the use of blood gas analysers and pleural fluid testing. Refer to Blood gas analysers during COVID-19: Cessation of pleural fluid testing for further information.

Discharging new and returning aged care residents during COVID-19

As of 15 April 2020, refer to Discharging new and returning aged care residents during COVID-19 for advice on the safe and efficient discharge from hospital of new and returning residents of residential aged care facilities.

Public Health (COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facilities) Order 2020

Frequently asked questions were published on 14 April 2020 to provide guidance on complying with the Public Health (COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facilities) Order 2020.

Release from isolation

As of 12 April 2020, refer to Release from isolation for criteria under which people can be released from hospital isolation or self-isolation at home or a hotel and what to consider when leaving isolation.

Resources

View all COVID-19 posters, fact sheets and resources

Notes

  1. Confirmed case count includes interstate residents in care in NSW. Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review. Excludes crew members of cruise ships who are not in the care of NSW Health.
  2. A surge in total number of tests performed on a particular day may occur as the test results are updated in batches and new laboratories gain testing capacity. Low test counts may also be due to a delay in importation or receipt of negative results from various laboratories.​
  3. This count includes two Queensland residents who died in NSW.
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Page Updated: Wednesday 22 April 2020
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