16 August 2020

Five new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,761. NSW Health sadly reports the death of a man in his 80s who had COVID-19. NSW Health passes its condolences to his family and friends. There have now been 54 deaths in NSW from confirmed COVID-19.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including i​​nterstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,761
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 54
Total tests carried out 1,832,980

There were 24,093 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 27,389 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 five new cases reported to 8pm last night:

  • Three are linked to the Tangara School for Girls cluster
  • One, a man in his 40s form Western Sydney is locally acquired and still under investigation
  • The other is a close contact of this person

The three cases linked to the Tangara cluster are all close contacts of previous cases.

Previous cases have attended the below venues. Anyone who attended these venues at the following dates and times are considered to be casual contacts, and should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and isolate if symptoms occur, however mild:

  • Crust Pizza, Concord on Thursday 6 August between 4pm and 8pm or Friday 7 August between 5pm and 9pm
  • Den Sushi Rose Bay on Saturday 8 August between 7:15pm and 8:45pm
  • Café Perons Double Bay on Saturday 8 August between 1pm and 2pm.
  • Horderns Restaurant at Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral on Sunday 2 August between 7:45pm and 9:15pm.

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 119 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.

A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP. All people should get a COVID-19 test immediately should symptoms occur, however mild. 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
  • 25 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 infection Count
Overseas 2,053
Interstate acquired 88
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,241
Locally acquired – contact not ide​ntified 378
Under investigation 1
Total 3,761

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
Sympto​matic travellers tested 4,496
Found positive 120
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 13,644
Found posit​ive 79
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 ​27,065
Found positive 118

Today’s update with Dr Jeremy McAnulty

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