14 November 2020

No cases of locally acquired COVID-19 were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Four cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,297 since the start of the pandemic.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)4,297
Deaths (including NSW from confirmed cases)55
Total tests carried out3,266,821

There were 17,184 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 18,941 in the previous 24 hours.

NSW Health thanks the community for its support, as every person who comes forward for testing is playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Health is treating 70 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases – 94 per cent – are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Recent arrivals from New Zealand were last night alerted to venues of concern in Auckland following a locally acquired case of COVID-19 there.

These 455 passengers – who have arrived in Sydney since Thursday 5 November – have been sent a message with NSW Health advice and are also being called to be alerted to the venues of concern in Auckland, consistent with advice being provided in New Zealand.

This advice was also provided to passengers arriving in Sydney from New Zealand on Friday evening’s flight. No passengers reported having attended the venues of concern and none had symptoms.

Airlines will ascertain if passengers have attended these venues before they leave New Zealand and if they have, they will be not allowed to travel.

All arrivals from New Zealand will be asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they feel unwell, then remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with routine advice for all people in NSW.

The risk posed by quarantine-free travel from New Zealand remains low.

NSW Health is again calling on people in the Rouse Hill area to get tested if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms after the state’s sewage surveillance program detected further traces of the virus in the area. The catchment takes sewage from approximately 120,000 people.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in samples taken on Wednesday 11 November from the sewerage system that drains parts of Quakers Hill, Castle Hill, Annangrove, Kellyville, Box Hill, Kenthurst, Glenhaven, The Ponds, Rouse Hill, North Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Beaumont Hills, Stanhope Gardens, Baulkham Hills, Glenwood, Bella Vista, Parklea, Acacia Gardens and Norwest.

Everyone in these areas is urged to immediately get tested if they have any symptoms at all that could signal COVID-19. Symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

While detection of the virus in sewage samples could reflect the presence of older cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in these areas, NSW Health is concerned there could be other active cases in the local community in people who have not been tested and who might incorrectly assume their symptoms are simply a cold.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinicsor contact your GP. Most people receive their test results within 24 hours.

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.

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 cluster00
Locally acquired – source not identified0

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 12 November 2020 to 8pm 13 November 2020
**from 8pm 7 November 2020 to 8pm 13 November 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested6,795
Found positive150
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 246,026
Found positive
Since 15 May 2020
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1058,069
Found positive140

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COVID-19 Update 14 November 2020