17 November 2020

NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Four cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,313 since the start of the pandemic.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,313
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 3,299,669
There were 8,588 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 7,034 in the previous 24 hours. 

NSW Health is treating 61 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases – 93 per cent – are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

NSW Health is contacting people who have recently arrived on flights from South Australia following the emergence of the Parafield COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide.

Passengers on recent flights to both Sydney and Broken Hill are being provided with NSW Health advice and alerted to a number of venues of concern in Adelaide.

NSW Health is screening passengers arriving on flights and buses from South Australia and is asking people if they have attended any of the venues of concern. The details of locations and times of these venues, and the associated health advice, are available from SA Health – Contact Tracing.

People can contact NSW Health on 1300 066 055 if they have any queries or would like assistance in accessing testing if they have been at any venues or sites identified by SA Health.

All people travelling from South Australia, particularly Adelaide, to NSW, including recent arrivals, are asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they appear.  They must remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with routine advice for all people in NSW.

Though there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW for the past 10 days, in the past cases have appeared following several days without cases because of transmission among people with mild symptoms. If people don’t come forward for testing, outbreaks can easily be missed early on when they can be more readily controlled. 

Now is not the time to drop our guard. Everyone needs to continue to be alert to the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19, to keep practising physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and most importantly to get tested and isolate if they feel unwell. Symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19.

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. Most people receive their test results within 24 hours.

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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 427
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 001,475
Locally acquired – source not identified 00395

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 14 November 2020 to 8pm 15 November 2020
**from 8pm 9 November 2020 to 8pm 15 November 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 6,879
Found positive 152
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 47,183
Found positive260
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1059,222
Found positive140