17 October 2020

NSW has reported five new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Two cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,144.

There were 14,378 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 16,391 in the previous 24 hours.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,144
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 2,890,116

Of the seven new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Two were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine
  • Five were locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster

Three of today’s locally acquired cases are a family who attend the Greater Beginnings Childcare Centre in Oran Park. Another of today’s new local cases is an educator who works at this centre. All four cases are close contacts of a known case linked to the Oran Park cluster, which now numbers 18.

All staff or children who attended Great Beginnings Childcare Centre between 2 and 13 October are considered close contacts and must get tested immediately and self-isolate for a full 14 days from when they last attended. They must stay isolated for their full isolation period regardless of their test result. Contact tracing and investigations are continuing.

The fifth locally acquired case today is a student who attends Oran Park High School. Staff and students have been asked to self-isolate. Contact tracing has commenced and the school will be thoroughly cleaned over the weekend. This student is a close contact of a known confirmed case linked to the Liverpool Private Clinic cluster which now numbers 11 cases.

One new case today visited Woolworths Oran Park on Oran Park Drive, on Monday 12 October from 7pm to 7:30pm. Anyone who was at this store during this time 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:

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.

NSW Health is treating 68 COVID-19 cases, with none in intensive care. Ninety-six 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 2,207
Interstate acquired 91
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,451
Locally acquired – contact not identified 395
Under investigation 0
Total 4,144

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 travellers tested 5,923
Found positive 138
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 35,281
Found positive 174
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 47,813
Found positive 127

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