21 October 2020

NSW has reported two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.  

Eight cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed. One previously reported case from March has been excluded after further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,167.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,167
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)​ 55
Total tests carried out 2,932,386

There were 14,932 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 7,401 in the previous 24 hours.

Anyone with symptoms of a cold should assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test. Get tested on the day you get those symptoms – don’t wait to see if they go away. 

Of the new cases to 8pm last night: 

  • Eight were acquired overseas and are now in hotel quarantine 
  • Two were locally acquired, both linked to a known case and cluster 

Both of today’s locally acquired cases are close contacts of a confirmed case linked to a person who attended the Great Beginnings childcare centre at Oran Park. There are now 22 cases linked with the Oran Park community cluster.

NSW Health can today advise a confirmed case of COVID-19 linked to the Oran Park cluster visited Bavarian Macarthur in Macarthur Square, 200 Gilchrist Dr, Campbelltown, on Saturday 10 October from 7pm to 9pm. 

Anyone who was inside the restaurant for an hour or more during this time is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days and stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received.

Anyone who dined outside the restaurant or was there for less than one hour 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.

NSW Health is treating 72 COVID-19 cases, with one patient in intensive care. This patient does not require ventilation. Ninety-three per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

The only way to find undiagnosed cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing.

NSW Health continues to appeal to the community to come forward for testing right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19. This is particularly important in South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and South Eastern Sydney, where there have been locally transmitted cases recently.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

COVID-19 is still likely circulating 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 when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back. 

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

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas​ 2,226
Interstate acquired 90
Loca​lly acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,457
Locally acquired – contact not identified 394
Under investigation 0
Total 4,167

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
Symptomati​c travellers tested 6,003
Found positive 138
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers sc​reened at day 2 36,761
Found positive 187
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 49,128
Found positive 129