15 November 2020

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

Nine cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,306 since the start of the pandemic.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)4,306
Deaths (including NSW from confirmed cases)55
Total tests carried out3,284,047

There were 17,226 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 17,184 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.

With the weather becoming warmer and people starting to attend more social gatherings, NSW Health is calling on the community to maintain the COVID safe behaviours that have been key to stopping the spread of the virus.

Though there have been no locally acquired cases in NSW in recent days, now is not the time to drop our guard. Everyone needs to continue to be alert to the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19, to keep practising physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and most importantly to get tested and isolate if they feel unwell.

NSW Health is treating 72 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases – 93 per cent – are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

NSW Health is again calling on people in south western Sydney and north west Sydney to get tested if they have even the mildest symptoms after the state’s sewage surveillance program detected further traces of the virus in these areas.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken on Thursday 12 November from the sewerage system that drains parts of Leppington, Catherine Field, Gledswood Hills, Varroville, Denham Court, West Hoxton, Hoxton Park, Middleton Grange, Horningsea Park, Carnes Hill, Edmondson Park, Prestons and Miller. The catchment takes sewage from approximately 180,000 people.

Additionally, fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were also 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. The catchment takes sewage from approximately 120,000 people.

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.

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.

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. 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 infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster001,474
Locally acquired – source not identified00395

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review
*notified from 8pm 13 November 2020 to 8pm 14 November 2020
**from 8pm 8 November 2020 to 8pm 14 November 2020

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested6,826
Found positive152
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 246,429
Found positive256
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1058,420
Found positive140

Video update

COVID-19 update - 15 November 2020