16 April 2020

As at 8pm, Wednesday 15 April 2020, an additional 11 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since 8pm 14 April, bringing the total to 2897.

During that time, 3200 people were tested which was more than double the number of tests compared to the previous 24 hours.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (incl. interstat​e ​residents in NSW health care facilities) 2,897
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 26
Cases tested and excluded 147,417
Total persons tested 150,314

There are currently 207 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. This includes 26 people being treated in Intensive Care Units, with 19 of those requiring ventilators.

There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

Five more residents at the Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, have tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the total to 15 cases (six staff and nine residents). Visitor restrictions remain in place and contact tracing continues.

The source of the initial infection is under investigation. All residents and staff have been tested, with results pending. Confirmed cases currently have mild, or no symptoms.

Nine additional cases on board the Ruby Princess have tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on board to 149 crew - there are 13 Ruby Princess crew members with COVID-19 in NSW Health facilities.

Areas of concern for community transmission in NSW are listed on the NSW Health website, including in Blacktown, Byron, Cumberland, Greater Taree (Manning), the Inner West, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Waverley, and Woollahra and NSW Health urges anyone in those areas who are feeling unwell with a sore throat, cough or fever to present for testing. 

In other areas, NSW Health recommends COVID-19 testing be focused on people with one or more of the key symptoms and risk factors such as contact with cases or medical history. 

Doctors may also recommend testing if there is other clinical or risk information that makes COVID-19 more likely.

Testing on people with no symptoms cannot predict whether or not the person will become unwell after exposure to a confirmed case. 

The locations of COVID-19 clinics are available.

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.