NSW has reported six new cases 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 4,132.
There were 15,802 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 16,021 in the previous 24 hours.
Of the 11 new cases to 8pm last night:
Three of the new locally acquired cases are linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, which now has 15 cases in total. All three cases are household contacts of known cases. Contact tracing and investigations into the source of the cluster continue.
One case still under investigation, announced yesterday but included in today’s numbers, lives in the Bargo area of south western Sydney. Another new case is a household contact of this case.
The other new case still under investigation lives in south east Sydney. Close contacts of this case are isolating and being tested. The investigation into the source of the infection is continuing and contact tracing is underway.
NSW Health can advise confirmed cases have recently used a range of public transport. Anyone who travelled on the following trains is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received:
NSW Health strongly encourages people to wear masks when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings and on public transport, to keep everyone safe. As previously advised, when taking taxis or rideshare commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.
NSW Health can advise a previously reported case attended the Billy Bear Preschool and Early Learning Centre in Ingleburn while possibly infectious on 9 October. Contact tracing is underway.
NSW Health issued a public health alert on 14 October for ACE Tutoring, 25 George St, Parramatta after a confirmed case attended while infectious on Saturday 10 October. Further investigation has identified people who attended only one specific class between 9:30am and 1:20pm are now considered close contacts. These people are being contacted and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.
Anyone else who attended ACE Tutoring on this day is now considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.
Everyone plays an important role in helping to contain the pandemic by getting tested quickly and following social distancing rules. Get tested on the day you get symptoms – don’t wait to see if they go away. Assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test. There is no limit on how many tests you can have.
Testing is quick, free, and easy and most people receive their test result within 24 hours. 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, please come forward for testing right away.
There are over 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.
COVID-19 is still likely circulating in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.