01 October 2020

There have been no recently acquired locally transmitted cases in NSW in the last 24 hours.

NSW has today reported one case that is believed to be an old case which will be added to the total number of cases today. The epidemiological and laboratory investigations indicate the infection likely occurred two months ago.

Two cases of returned travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,038

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,038
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)​​ 55
Total tests carried out 2,711,773

The locally acquired case is a man in his 50s from South Western Sydney. As the case was not previously diagnosed, it is included in the total numbers for NSW but all indications, including a repeat negative swab test, positive serology results that show he has an immune response to the virus and a history of illness 2 months, are that it is an old case most likely acquired when the virus was circulating at low levels in South Western Sydney around July.

There were 13,072 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 13,575 in the previous 24 hours.

NSW Health thanks the community for all they have done towards reducing COVID-19 numbers and continues to ask people to remain vigilant and come forward for testing immediately if symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, cough or fever appear.

This is particularly important with school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be at NSW Government - Latest news and updates.

NSW Health is treating 50 COVID-19 cases, including three in intensive care, none of whom are being ventilated. Eighty-two 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. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.

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​ 2,150
Interstate acquired 90
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,405
Locally acquired – contact not identified 393
Under investigation 0
Total 4,038

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

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 Marc​h 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 5,511
Found positive 127
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic ​travellers screened at day 2 29,573
Found positive 147
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptoma​tic travellers screened at day 10 42,382
Found positive 122

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