18 July 2020

Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,361.

​Cases Count​​​
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,361
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 51
Cases reported recovered​​ 2,799
Total tests carried out 1,155,168

A record total of 27,702 tests were notified in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 24,467 tests in the previous 24 hours. There are 105 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with one in intensive care. This person does not require a ventilator. In NSW, 2,799 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

Of the fifteen new cases reported in in 24 hours to 8pm last night:

  • Four are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
  • Five are contacts of cases who attended the Crossroads Hotel
  • One is linked to the Thai Rock restaurant at Wetherill Park
  • Two cases attended the Bistro at the Soldiers Club Batemans Bay on 13 July and McDonalds Albion Park on 15 July. These cases are locally acquired and under investigation.
  • Three more cases are locally acquired cases and remain under investigation.

Additionally, since the 8pm reporting period ended last night, one case linked to the Planet Fitness gym, Casula has been identified.

In total, this now brings the number associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster to 45. This includes 14 who attended the hotel on 3 July, one who attended on 5 July, and 30 who are linked to the cluster but who did not attend the hotel on 3 July. Of those 30, several had overlapped exposures with other groups, including a freight company in Wetherill Park (nine cases), and the Planet Fitness gym, Casula (six cases who attended on the evening of 8 July).

NSW Health advises two cases attended the Bistro at the Soldiers Club Batemans Bay together on 13 July 7:00pm to 9:30pm and McDonalds Albion Park on 15 July 2:00pm to 2:30pm.

People who were at the Bistro at the Soldiers Club Batemans Bay for two hours on 13 July 7:00pm to 9:30pm are being asked to immediately self-isolate until 14 days after they were last there, watch for symptoms and get retested should any respiratory symptoms or fever occur. Even if you get a negative test stay in isolation for 14 days.

Anyone who was at McDonalds Albion Park on 15 July 2:00pm to 2:30pm should watch carefully for symptoms, and if they occur isolate themselves and immediately come forward for testing.

In total, three cases attended the Thai Rock restaurant in Stockland Mall Wetherill Park in mid-July. One was a staff member and two were customers. These cases have not been linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster

Anyone who attended the Planet Fitness gym at Casula from 4 -10 July must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days since they were last on the premises even if they return a negative result. They should also continue to monitor for symptoms.

As case investigations continue, they have found a number of venues have been attended by cases. See full information on venues

>Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – is urged to seek testing and self-isolate. Do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19.

NSW has more COVID-19 testing sites than any other State or Territory. All South Western Sydney clinics are open and will continue to operate while there is demand/need. The full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

People who work in high-risk settings such as health care facilities or aged care homes must not to attend work if they have symptoms and must get tested immediately. People should also not visit relatives in these settings if they have even the mildest of symptoms or have recently returned from Victoria or attended affected venues.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overs​​eas 1,9​89
Interstate acquired 75
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 934
Locally acquired – contact not identified 362
Under investigation 1
Total 3,361

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 4,003
Found positive 118
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 5,781
Found positive 45
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 19,532
Found positive 107​
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