02 November 2020

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

Six cases were also reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,243.

​Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)
​Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases​55
​Total tests carried out​3,077,355

There were 7,431 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 14,751 in the previous 24 hours.

Though lower testing numbers are generally expected over weekends, NSW Health is urging anyone with even the mildest of symptoms to come forward for testing. This particularly applies to the people of South West Sydney, where there have been a number of recent cases in the community, especially:

  • West Hoxton
  • Hoxton Park
  • Middleton Grange
  • Horningsea Park
  • Carnes Hill
  • Edmondon Park
  • Denham Court
  • Prestons
  • Busby
  • Miller

Most people receive their test results within 24 hours.

Of the seven new cases to 8pm last night:

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

The locally acquired case, reported in yesterday’s media release but included in today’s numbers as it was notified after the 8pm cut-off on Saturday night, is the sixth case linked to the Hoxton Park cluster.

This case is the second child to have likely acquired their infection at Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park while there at the same time as a positive case, also a child, on Sunday 25 October.

NSW Health is again calling for anyone, including staff and patrons who were at Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park, UB/238 Hoxton Park Rd, Prestons on Sunday 25 October 2020, from 11am to 1:50pm to immediately come forward for testing.

While infectious, today’s case attended Bambino’s Kindergarten in Horningsea Park on Thursday 29 October and Friday 30 October. Any child or staff member who attended on either or both of these days is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure, regardless of the result. The centre is closed today for deep cleaning. Contact tracing and investigations are under way.

NSW Health is again calling for anyone, including staff and patrons who were at Jasmins1 Lebanese Restaurant, 375 Macquarie Street, Liverpool, on Sunday 25 October 2020, from 2pm to 3.30pm to immediately come forward for testing.

Cases attended the restaurant while infectious on Sunday 25 October and although contact tracing is well underway, details of some people who also attended during this time were not available. Anyone at the restaurant for at least an hour at this time is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.

Containing COVID-19 requires hard work from everyone. Business have a particularly important role and must ensure that they have in place and use effective COVID Safety Plans. A critical part of that plan is that businesses are required to keep a record of all staff, patrons and contractors visiting their premises. It is an offence not to comply with the Public Health Order.

QR code check in is strongly encouraged as it is a contactless, hygienic method of collecting details digitally. A free QR code check in option is available from Service NSW for businesses and organisations that register as COVID Safe. The prompt supply of information to NSW Health makes contact tracing more efficient and helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 virus fragments were identified in sewage at a treatment plant in Liverpool yesterday, prompting renewed calls for residents in the area to get tested. The virus fragments were detected through the state’s ongoing sewage surveillance program.

Detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of known cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in recent weeks in the area served by this sewage treatment plant. However, it could also represent unrecognised cases in the area.

NSW Health is calling on people in the area to come forward for testing when they experience even the mildest symptoms, such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, or fever, which could signal a COVID-19 infection.

NSW Health is treating 76 COVID-19 cases, with one patient in intensive care, who is being ventilated. Ninety-two per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

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.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW:

​Likely source of infection​Cases past 24 hours*​Cases past 7 days**​All cases
​Locally acquired - contact of  a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster​1​8​1,466
​Locally acquired - source not identified​0​1​396

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm on 31 October 2020 to 8pm 1 November 2020

**from 8pm 26 October 2020 to 8pm 1 November 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

​Since March 2020​Count
​Symptomatic travellers tested​6,356
​Found positive​145
​Since 30 June 2020:​Count
​Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2​41,349
​Found positive​230
​Since 15 May 2020​Count
​Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 10​53,513
​Found positive​135

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