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