15 August 2020

Nine new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,756.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,756
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)53
Total tests carried out1,808,887

There were 27,389 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 29,696 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.

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

  • one is a staff member of Chopstix Asian Cuisine in Smithfield RSL, whose source is unknown at this point
  • one, another staff member at Chopstix Asian Cuisine, is likely a secondary infection from the above case
  • one is a student from Tangara School for Girls
  • one attended Mounties club at Mount Pritchard
  • five are close contacts of known cases.

Anyone who dined at Chopstix Asian Cuisine restaurant from Friday 31 July to Saturday 9 August is considered a casual contact who must monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and self-isolate if symptoms occur.

A case dined at Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook on Saturday, 1 August. Anyone who was at the restaurant on this night between 8pm and 10.30pm for at least one hour is considered a close contact and must get tested for COVID-19 right away and self-isolate until midnight tonight or until they have received a negative result, whichever is later.

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 129 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are seven COVID 19 patients in intensive care and five are ventilated. Eighty-eight 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. 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 generally do so within 14 days of exposure.

Of the known clusters, there are now

  • 4 cases linked to Our Lady of Mercy School Parramatta
  • 22 cases linked to Tangara School Cherrybrook cluster
  • 11 cases linked to Soldiers Club Batemans Bay
  • 116 cases linked to Thai Rock Restaurant Wetherill Park
  • 73 cases linked to the July funeral events in the Bankstown area
  • 37 cases linked to Thai Rock Restaurant Potts Point
  • 58 cases linked to Crossroads Hotel Casula
  • 2 cases linked to Dooley’s Lidcombe Catholic Club

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infectionCount
Interstate acquired88
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,233
Locally acquired – contact not identified381
Under investigation1

ounts 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 tested4,484
Found positive120
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 213,371
Found positive79
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1026,839
Found positive118

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