17 September 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 4,001.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,001
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 54
Total tests carried out​​ 2,538,966

There were 20,411 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 19,566 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the five new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Two are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
  • Two are locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster
  • One is locally acquired with their source still under investigation

One new case is a healthcare worker from the Concord Emergency Department. They were in isolation while infectious. There are now 21 cases associated with the Liverpool/Concord ED Cluster, including eight staff.

Another new case attended the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club. They were in isolation while infectious. There are now nine cases in this cluster.

The locally acquired case under investigation is from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. While a subsequent test on the person has produced a negative result, NSW Health is taking a cautious approach and asking the individual and close contacts to remain in isolation, while further testing is undertaken.

Anyone who attended the Five Stars Thaitanic, Casula on Saturday 12 September from 4.20pm-5.20pm is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

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.

While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours is low, the virus is likely circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains.

It’s vital that everyone who does have the virus is tested and diagnosed, in order to stop further spread to others.

NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

This is even more important with the upcoming school holidays, when people will travel across the state.

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

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • 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 on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t 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 2,118
Interstate acquired 90
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,398
Locally acquired – contact not identified 394
Under investigation 1
Total 4,001

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​ 5,133
Found positive 124
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 24,866
Fo​und positive 127
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 37,114
Found positive 120

Press conference

 

Press conference - 17 September 2020​ ​​