31 August 2020

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,861.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,861
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 54
Total tests carried out​​ 2,171,487

There were 14,232 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 19,626 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the ten new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Six are returned travellers in hotel quarantine
  • Four are locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster

All four locally acquired cases are linked to the CBD cluster. These include:

  • Two who are household contacts of previously reported cases
  • Two who are a close contact of previously reported cases

One previous case from South Eastern Sydney whose source was under investigation has also been linked to the CBD cluster. The case was a passenger on the X39 bus at the same time as another previously reported case and may have shared other exposures. Further investigation is underway. There is now a total of 34 cases associated with this cluster.

NSW Health urges everyone to wear a mask while on public transport.

NSW Health is treating 66 COVID-19 cases, including six in intensive care and four who are ventilated. 86 per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Anyone who attended the following venues is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received:

  • Woolworths Balmain, 276 Darling St Balmain – Thursday 27 August, 10-11am
  • Chemist Warehouse Balmain, 293 Darling St Balmain – Friday 28 August, 2-2.30pm
  • Sushi Rio, 345 Victoria Ave Chatswood – Thursday 27 August, 5.45-7.30pm
  • Coles, St Ives Shopping Centre – Friday 28 August, 1-2pm

One case worked at Reddam Early Learning Centre at Lindfield for three days on 25-27 August before becoming unwell in the evening of  27 August. The centre has been closed while cleaning and contact tracing are underway.  

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. It is vital people get a test as soon as they develop symptoms – not two or three days later. People should ensure that they stay at least 1.5m from others and that they wear a mask in situations - especially on public transport - where physical distancing is difficult.

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found at NSW Government - Latest new and updates.​

Anyone identified as a close contact and directed to undertake 14 days self-isolation must stay in isolation for the full 14 days, even if they test negative during this time.

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 2,074
Interstate acquired 89
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,309
Locally acquired – contact not identified 389
Under investigation 0
Total 3,861

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 travell​ers tested 4,785
Found positive 122
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 18,421
Fo​und positive 92
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 31,449
Found positive 120

Press conference

 

Press conference - 31 August 2020