22 October 2020

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

Six cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,174.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,174
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)​ 55
Total tests carried out 2,947,715

There were 15,329 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 14,932 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the new cases to 8pm last night: 

  • Six were acquired overseas and are now in hotel quarantine 
  • One was locally acquired and is linked to a known case and cluster. 

Today’s locally acquired case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case in South Western Sydney linked to the Liverpool private clinic cluster. There are now 13 cases linked to this cluster.

NSW Health is treating 75 COVID-19 cases, with no patients in intensive care. Ninety-three per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care. 

Remnants of the COVID-19 virus were detected in raw sewage from Bathurst sampled on Monday. NSW Health is calling on anyone who visited Bathurst including the Bathurst 1000 motor race on the weekend, as well as residents of Bathurst with any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 to get tested as soon as possible. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

The sample comprises wastewater from over the past weekend and could indicate current or a previous infection in someone who attended or worked at the Bathurst 1000 motor race, a visitor to Bathurst, or even a local resident. There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted via wastewater systems.

NSW Health is urgently undertaking investigations, which include reviewing lists of all those known to have had the virus who attended or worked at the race.

NSW Health recently alerted the public to a positive case of COVID in the South Eastern Sydney area on 15 October and advised investigations into its source were underway.

These investigations have now revealed this case may be linked to a person who NSW Health has identified as someone who likely had unrecognised COVID-19 infection during September and has since recovered.

Anyone who was at the following venues must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms have occurred in the last few weeks. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received:

  • Souths’ Juniors Club, Anzac Parade Kingsford, in the poker machine room or the high roller room at any time between Saturday 26 September and Friday 2 October.
  • Century 21 Dixon Real Estate, Anzac Parade Kingsford, at any time between Saturday 26 September and Friday 9 October, inclusive.
  • The Shed Café Royal Randwick Shopping Centre on Saturday 3 October between 3pm and 5pm.

NSW Health continues to appeal to the community to come forward for testing right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19. This is particularly important in South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and South Eastern Sydney, where there have been locally transmitted cases recently.

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. 

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas​ 2,232
Interstate acquired 90
Loca​lly acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,458
Locally acquired – contact not identified 394
Under investigation 0
Total 4,174

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
Symptomati​c travellers tested 6,035
Found positive 140
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers sc​reened at day 2 37,158
Found positive 190
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10 49,500
Found positive 129