28 July 2020

Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,510.

There were 16,009 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 22,032 in the previous 24 hours.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,510
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 51
Total tests carried out 1,391,144

Six of the new cases are linked to the funeral gatherings cluster, four cases are associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park, and one case is associated with the Thai Rock restaurant at Potts Point. One case is a staff member at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point. 

In addition, one case was acquired in Victoria and is currently in isolation, and one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health announced last night everyone who attended The Apollo restaurant at Potts Point from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 July is being asked to quarantine for 14 days after their visit. Any diners who develop symptoms should be tested. All people who live in or have visited the Potts Point area in the past two weeks should get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

NSW Health also directed anyone who attended Mounties, Mt Pritchard on Thursday 23 July between 12 midnight and 3am, or on Friday 24 July between 11am to 3pm or 8pm to midnight, or on Saturday 25 July between 12 midnight to 3am to isolate for 14 days and get tested if they have any symptoms. 

NSW Health is also alerting anyone who attended the bistro of Pritchard’s Hotel, 360, Elizabeth Drive on 23 July between 7pm to 7.45pm that they should get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild.

There are now 75 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park, 56 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster, eight cases associated with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, and 15 associated with the funerals. There are 3 cases associated with Thai Rock Potts Point. 

NSW Health is calling on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading. Key messages for the community are: 

  • Avoid non-essential travel and gatherings. Of particular concern is transmission in venues such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings.
  • Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – must seek testing and self-isolate 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 
  • At all times stay 1.5 m from other people. Don’t go anywhere there is crowding.
  • Clean your hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds or use alcohol base hand rub.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don’t host, or go to, a gathering of more than 10 people at home (not withstanding that the legal limit is 20 people).
  • Don’t go to the gym unless the equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after customer use by supervising staff or yourself, and there is good spacing between machines and customers.
  • Consider using a mask in situations where you are unable to social distance, particularly indoors.

A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full period, even if they test negative. This is because early testing may not detect an infection, and release from self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community. The self-isolation period is 14 days as most people who are infected and develop symptoms will develop symptoms within 14 days of infection. 

There are 101 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. Five people in intensive care, with one being ventilated. Ninety per cent of cases are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care. In NSW, 2,800 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,021
Interstate acquired 77
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,043
Locally acquired – contact not identified 369
Under investigation 0
Total 3,510

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 4,150
Found positive 119
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 8,537
Found positive 63
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 22,229
Found positive 111