18 September 2020

Six new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,007.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,007
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 54
Total tests carried out​​ 2,555,809

There were 16,843 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 20,411 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the six new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Five are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
  • One is locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster

One new case was a household contact of a previous case who attended Liverpool Hospital. They have been in isolation. There are 21 cases linked to Liverpool Hospital dialysis cluster.

NSW Health advises further assessments and testing continue on the case from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District notified yesterday. NSW Health is taking a cautious approach and the individual and close contacts will remain in isolation, while further testing is undertaken.

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.

While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours is low, the virus is likely circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains.

It’s vital that everyone who does have the virus is tested and diagnosed, in order to stop further spread to others.

NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

This is even more important with the upcoming school holidays, when people will travel across the state.

NSW Health is treating 85 COVID-19 cases, including four in intensive care, two of whom are being ventilated. Eighty-seven per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. 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 on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t 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 infection Count
Overseas 2,123
Interstate acquired 90
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,399
Locally acquired – contact not identified 394
Under investigation 1
Total 4,007

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 2020 Count
Symptomatic travell​ers tested​ 5,152
Found positive 124
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 25,175
Fo​und positive 132
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 37,480
Found positive 120