Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,451.
There were a record 36,169 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 24,640 in the previous 24 hours.
The seven new cases are:
Of the six Thai Rock cluster cases, three are linked to Our Lady of Lebanon church, and three are close contacts of other cases, including two at a work place.
A previously reported case visited Costco at Marsden Park for 3 hours on 19 July from 11am to 2pm. Other patrons who were present at that time are encouraged to seek testing if they develop symptoms.
There were no new cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel today. There are now 56 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 52 cases associated with the Thai Rock restaurant and eight cases associated with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
Given the current context of local transmission, NSW Health has directed all public hospitals that health workers must now wear a surgical mask if they are within 1.5m of patients.
Patients are also required to wear a mask, where possible. This advice applies to hospital and community health settings and comes into effect today.
While most cases have been linked to known clusters, community transmission continues and NSW Health is calling on people across the state to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading.
Key messages for the community are:
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COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.
If people have been directed to undertake a full 14 self-isolation period, they must stay in isolation for the full period, even if they undertake a test that comes back negative. This is because 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. The self-isolation period is 14 days as most people who are infected and develop symptoms will develop symptoms within 14 days of infection.
People who work in high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities or aged care homes must not to attend work if they have symptoms and must get tested immediately. People should also not visit relatives in these settings if they have even the mildest of symptoms or have recently returned from Victoria or attended affected venues.
There are 96 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with three in intensive care. One is being ventilated and on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). In NSW, 2,799 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.
Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.