13 August 2020

Twelve new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,738.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,738
Deaths (in NSW ​​from confirmed cases)53
Total tests carried out1,751,803

There were 24,621 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 20,104 in the previous 24 hours. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, maintaining high rates of testing is vital at this time, and NSW Health urges anyone with even the mildest symptoms to come forward for testing.

NSW Health sadly reports the death of a woman in her 80’s who had COVID-19. Her infection was linked to the Our Lady of Lebanon cluster. There have now been 53 deaths in NSW from confirmed COVID-19. NSW Health passes its condolences to her family, friends and the Our Lady of Lebanon community.

Of the 12 new cases reported to 8.00pm last night:

  • four were locally acquired and linked to known cases
  • three were locally acquired, without a known source
  • five are returned travellers from overseas.

NSW Health can today advise a previously reported case linked to Our Lady of Mercy College attended two venues in South-Western Sydney whilst infectious with COVID-19. Patrons and staff at these venues are considered to be casual contacts and advised to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and immediately self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 should symptoms develop, however mild:

  • Westfield Liverpool on Friday 7 August from 10.30am to 11am and 12.30pm-1pm
  • 5th Avenue Beauty Bar, Wetherill Park on Saturday 8th August from 2pm-3pm

For a list of locations associated with known cases and advice on testing and isolation, see NSW Government - Latest new and updates

There are currently 135 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are seven COVID 19 patients in intensive care and six are ventilated. 89 per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19: 

  • If you are unwell, stay in, get tested and isolate.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others. 
  • Wear a mask in situations where you cannot physically distance. 

See the full list of COVID-19 testing clinics, or people can visit their GP.

Some cases in recent days have been acquired in Victoria. People who have arrived from Victoria must be in mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days, unless they have a special exemption. Returned travellers are tested before release from quarantine.

All people should get a COVID-19 test immediately should symptoms occur. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full 14 days, even if they test negative during this time. 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. People who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infectionCount
Interstate acquired88
Locally acquired – co​ntact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,220
Locally acquired – contact not identified380
Under investigation0

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 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested4,439
Found positive​120
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travell​ers screened at a day 212,850
Found positive76
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1026,386
Found positive118

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