28 August 2020

Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,830. 

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,830
Deaths (in NSW from confirm​​ed cases)54
Total tests carried out2,112,997

There were 30,282 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 30,173 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the thirteen new cases to 8pm last night:

  • One is a returned traveller who is in hotel quarantine
  • Six are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster
  • Four are locally acquired with their source still under investigation
  • Two are close contacts of previously reported cases who have not been linked to known clusters.

One of the new cases is a student of St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School in Smithfield. Additionally, a staff member from Ryde Secondary College was confirmed to have COVID-19 late last night; this case will be included in tomorrow’s numbers. 

Both St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School and Ryde Secondary College are closed today for on-site learning and are being cleaned. All staff and students of both schools have been asked to self-isolate while close contacts are identified and contacted.

Two new cases are household contacts of previously reported cases who have not been linked to a known cluster.

Wyndham College Quakers Hill, Schofields Public School and Riverstone High School have been cleaned and are re-opening today. Close contacts are in self-isolation.

Further investigations have found that anyone who attended City Tattersalls Club Fitness Centre​ on Monday 24 August from 8am-2pm is a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days and remain isolated, even if the test result is negative.

One of today’s cases attended Anytime Fitness gym in Marrickville on Monday 24 August from 7pm to 8pm. Anyone at the gym at this time is considered a close contact and is required to immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days until 8 September.

People who have attended the following venues are considered casual contacts and advised to monitor for symptoms, and immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19 should symptoms develop:

  • The Matterhorn, Turramurra - Saturday 22 August 6pm-8pm (NSW Health has identified and contacted close contacts)
  • Parish of Holy Name, Wahroonga - Sunday 23 August 9.30am-10.15am
  • Liquorland, Marrickville, 269-271 Marrickville Rd - Sunday 23 August 5.15pm-5.30pm​
  • Eat Fuh, Marrickville - Sunday 23 August 5.20pm-5.40pm
  • Metro Petroleum - Hurlstone Park - Monday 24 August 10.20am-10.30am

Following diagnosis of COVID-19 in a person who lives in Victoria, two NSW residents are in isolation for 14 days from the date of last contact with this case. Murrumbidgee LHD contacted these two people and are continuing to monitor them while they remain in isolation. 

NSW Health is treating 69 COVID-19 cases, including six in intensive care and four who are ventilated. 83 per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Data reported in this week’s COVID-19 Weekly Surveillance in NSW report shows that almost half of the cases who acquired their infection in Sydney had a test more than three days after their symptoms began.  This causes more transmission of the virus because of the delay in isolation of people with the infection. It is critically important people get tested the day their symptoms present and self-isolate immediately.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus. 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.

Anyone identified as a close contact and directed to undertake 14 days self-isolation 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 will generally develop symptoms within 14 days of exposure. If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all, assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise – isolate and get tested right away; don’t delay.

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. 

A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infectionCount
Interstate acquired89
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,282
Locally acquired – contact not identified393
Under investigation​0

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Si​nce 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested4,740
Found positive122
Since 30 June 2020Count
As​ymptomatic travellers screened at a day 217,437
Found positive87
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1030,523
Found positive119​

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