As at 8pm, Thursday, 2 April 2020, an additional 91 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, since 8pm 1 April, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 2,389.
There are 209 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, including 42 cases in our Intensive Care Units and, of those, 22 require ventilators at this stage. More than 50 per cent of the remainder of cases being treated by NSW Health are through Hospital in the Home services.
A 75 year-old male who was confirmed COVID-19 has sadly passed away in Wollongong Hospital. He was a passenger on Ovation of the Seas.
A 74 year-old female patient who had acquired COVID-19 overseas has also died in Albury Base Hospital overnight.
NSW Health passes on our condolences to the respective families. There have now been 12 deaths in NSW.
The 14-day isolation period for passengers from most cruise ships that came into Sydney, including Ovation of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice and Ruby Princess, is close to completion.
Current cruise ship voyages into Sydney linked to confirmed COVID-19 cases are Ovation of the Seas which docked 18 March (84 cases), the Voyager of the Seas which docked 18 March (34 cases, as well as 5 crew members), the Ruby Princess which docked 19 March (342, as well as 9 crew members), the Celebrity Solstice which docked 19 March (12 cases).
Two radiation therapists from Westmead Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.
Contact tracing is underway for these staff members, and all 14 staff and all but two of the 24 patients who have come into contact with these staff have been contacted by our public health teams. Messages and repeated calls have been made to these patients, which will continue.
Hospital operations have not been compromised and services are still fully available.
A student from St Michael’s Primary School, Belfield and a child who attended Woodport Early Learning Centre in Erina are both confirmed COVID-19 cases and contact tracing is underway.
A nurse has tested positive at Storm Village Anglican residential care facility in Taree. The facility has enforced restricted movement, and there will be no visitors. Appropriate infection control procedures are in place.
There have been a small number of cases with unknown source in Taree. Hunter New England LHD is promoting testing among symptomatic residents in the area.
NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, but call ahead first, or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19/Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practising social distancing, thorough hand washing, cough etiquette and staying home if they’re unwell.
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Note: Excludes cases notified without a date of birth and/or gender.