14 August 2020

Nine new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,747.​

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,747
Deaths (in NSW ​​from confirmed cases)53
Total tests carried out1,781,498

There were 29,696 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 24,621 in the previous 24 hours. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, maintaining high rates of testing is vital at this time, and NSW Health urges anyone with even the mildest symptoms to come forward for testing.

Of the nine new cases reported to 8.00pm last night:

  • Five were locally acquired and linked to known cases, including:
    • one who worked at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club (this follows a case in a co-worker who was reported on 10 August)
    • one student from Tangara School for Girls 
    • two household contacts of known cases
    • one staff member at Liverpool hospital. This follows a case in a co-worker who was reported on 11 August. 
  • One was locally acquired, with a source not identified at this point
  • Three are returned travellers from overseas.

Overnight a new case has been identified in a student who attends St Vincent’s College at Potts Point. The school is today closed for deep cleaning while investigations and contact tracing are underway. 

As previously stated, there is no evidence of any ongoing risk to patients and staff from recent cases at Liverpool Hospital and patients should continue to visit to receive the medical care they need. People who were at Liverpool Hospital at the same time as the cases are advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms develop.

Following the second case in a person who worked at the Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, NSW Health is advising anyone who attended the Club at the same time as the cases  is now considered a close contact and they must self-isolate for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19 and monitor their health. Details of the times cases were at Liverpool Hospital and Dooleys can be found in yesterday's Public health alert.

For a list of locations associated with known cases and advice on testing and isolation, see NSW Government - Latest new and updates

There are currently 131 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are six COVID 19 patients in intensive care and five are ventilated. Eighty-nine per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

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. 

See the full list of COVID-19 testing clinics, or people can visit their GP.

All people should get a COVID-19 test immediately should symptoms occur. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full 14 days, even if they test negative during this time. 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. People who are infected and develop symptoms will generally do so within 14 days of exposure.

Of the known clusters, there are now:

  • Three cases linked to Our Lady of Mercy School Parramatta
  • 21 cases linked to Tangara School Cherrybrook cluster
  • 11 cases linked to Soldiers Club Batemans Bay
  • 116 cases linked to Thai Rock Restaurant Wetherill Park
  • 70 cases linked to the July funeral events in the Bankstown area
  • 34 cases linked to Thai Rock Restaurant Potts Point
  • 58 cases linked to Crossroads Hotel Casula
  • Two cases linked to Dooley’s Lidcombe Catholic Club 

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infectionCount
Interstate acquired88
Locally acquired – co​ntact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,225
Locally acquired – contact not identified381
Under investigation0

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 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested4,465
Found positive​120
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travell​ers screened at a day 213,037
Found positive79
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1026,610
Found positive118

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