21 July 2020

Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night, and two cases were excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,410.

As cases resulting from community transmission continue to be reported, NSW Health is calling on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading.

Everyone needs to be aware that there has been transmission in venues such as hotels and restaurants, gyms and social gatherings and therefore they should exercise particular caution in those situations. While it is not a legal requirement, it would be preferable and safer for the time being to avoid all non-essential travel, and not host or attend gatherings of more than 10 people at home (not withstanding that the legal limit is 20 people). Everyone should observe social distancing and hygiene measures and consider wearing a face mask in situations where social distancing is not possible.

It is critical that anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – seeks testing and self-isolates until they get the result. Stay at home, and do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19.

All South Western Sydney clinics are open and will continue to operate while there is a need. A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,410
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 51
Cases reported recovered 2,799
Total tests carried out 1,218,155

There were 15,903 tests carried out in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 21,167 tests in the previous 24 hours. There are 90 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with two in intensive care. Neither is now ventilated, though one is on ECMO. In NSW, 2,799 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

The 13 new cases are:

  • Ten people associated with the Thai Rock Restaurant in Stockland Mall Wetherill Park: four people who dined at the restaurant and six contacts of people who dined there. The two cases reported on Monday at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral are contacts of a diner at Thai Rock.
  • Two people who were contacts of cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster.
  • One overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

There are now 50 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 26 cases associated with the Thai Rock restaurant and eight cases associated with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.

NSW Health does not comment on suspected cases of COVID, only confirmed cases that pose an ongoing public health risk.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 attends a venue when they may be infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed and whether there is a public health risk.

NSW Health notifies the venue if it is deemed there is a public health risk and advises them of the actions they need to take, for example, closure for deep cleaning.

As case investigations continue, we have found a number of venues have been attended by cases. Information on all venues is available at NSW Government - Latest news and updates.

People who work in high-risk settings such as healthcare 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
Overseas 1,999
Interstate acquired 76
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 970
Locally acquired – contact not identified 365
Under investigation 0
Total 3,410

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 4,031
Found positive 119
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 6,545
Found positive 48
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 20,320
Found positive 110

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