12 October 2020

NSW has reported one new case of locally transmitted COVID‑19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Five cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,094.

​​Cases Count
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,094
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 2,818,918

The locally acquired case is a household contact of a case reported yesterday. These cases are linked to another two previously reported cases, the source of which remains under investigation.

There were 7,391 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 12,823 in the previous 24 hours.

Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern as it limits our ability to find people with COVID-19 early and contain further spread. NSW Health is appealing to the community to come forward for testing right away if you have even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.

This is important throughout the state, and particularly the Western and South Western Sydney areas.

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

NSW Health is treating 54 COVID-19 cases, including one in intensive care who does not require ventilation. Eighty-seven per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

COVID-19 is still likely circulating 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 when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back.

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.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,187
Interstate acquired​​ 91
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,420
Locally acquired – contact not identified 396
Under investigation 0
Total 4,094

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 5,777
Found positive 135
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asympto​matic travellers screened at day 2 33,426
Found positive 161
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 46,023
Found p​ositive 126

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COVID-19 update - 12 October 2020​​​​​​​