18 October 2020

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

Four cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,149.

There were 12,985 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 14,378 in the previous 24 hours.

Confirmed cases (including inte​​rstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,149
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 2,903,101

Of the five new cases to 8pm last night:

  • four were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine
  • one was locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.

The one new locally acquired case is a close contact of cases linked to Great Beginnings Childcare Centre in Oran Park, who were reported yesterday. There are now six cases associated with this childcare centre, and 19 in total in the Oran Park community cluster.

All staff and 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 centre has been closed since 13 October and will remain closed until 28 October.

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 73 COVID-19 cases, with one patient in intensive care. This patient does not require ventilation. Ninety-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 2,211
Interstate acquired 91
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,452
Locally acquired – contact n​ot identified 395
Under investigation 0
Total 4,149

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 5,942
Found positive 138
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 35,667
Found positive175
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1048,141
Found positive129

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