26 August 2020
​​Six new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,808. 

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,808
Deaths (in NSW from confirm​​ed cases) 54
Total tests carried out 2,052,542

There were 25,874 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 10,375 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the six new cases reported to 8pm last night:

  • One case was acquired overseas and is in hotel quarantine
  • Five cases are locally acquired with the source not identified at this point

Of the locally acquired cases:

  • Two, a man and woman in their 40s from Western Sydney, are household contacts of each other
  • Two unrelated cases, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s are from South Eastern Sydney 
  • One is a woman in her 30s from Sydney 

Two of the new cases attended City Tattersalls Fitness Centre on Pitt Street. Anyone who attended this venue on August 19, 21 or 23 should be alert for symptoms, and if any develop get tested and self-isolate immediately.

NSW Health is working closely with City Tattersalls Fitness Centre to directly contact close contacts. The fitness centre has been closed for cleaning.

NSW Health is also alerting people who may have been to another building, 300 George Street Sydney, on August 19, 20, 21 or 24 to be alert for symptoms, and if any develop to get tested and self-isolate immediately, after one of the new cases worked here while infectious.

One of the new cases attended the Apple Store, Broadway whilst infectious on Saturday 22 August from 3.40pm-4.40pm. Anyone who attended the store at this time should be alert for symptoms, and if any develop get tested and self-isolate immediately.

One of the new cases is a trainee bus driver who had limited contact with passengers. He worked one day whilst infectious and was wearing a mask. NSW Health is working with Transport for NSW to identify anyone who may be considered a contact.

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

There are currently 72 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are seven COVID-19 patients in intensive care and four are ventilated. 86 per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

While case numbers have remained low this week, the virus continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus. 

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

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. If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all, assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise – isolate and get tested right away; don’t delay.

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.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,065
Interstate acquired 89
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,264
Locally acquired – contact not identified 390
Under investigation​ 0
Total 3,808

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Si​nce 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 4,714
Found positive 122
Since 30 June 2020 Count
As​ymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 16,779
Found positive 86
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 29,887
Found positive 119
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Current as at: Wednesday 26 August 2020