For the ninth day in a row, NSW has recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Two cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
One additional case has been added to the NSW total today but it is an old infection. The person from Western Sydney, who is linked to an earlier case, was tested for COVID-19 on 23 October, but returned a negative result. However, subsequent serological testing, has indicated that this person previously had COVID-19, most likely earlier in October. Investigations to date have not identified any further transmission from this case.
This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,309 since the start of the pandemic.
There were 7,034 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 17,226 in the previous 24 hours.
NSW Health is treating 64 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.
With the weather warming up and people attending 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.
NSW Health encourages all beachgoers to ‘Keep 1.5 metres (at least a beach towel length) between you’ and anyone not from the same household. If you arrive at a beach, check whether you will be able to maintain physical distancing, and if not, don’t risk it - reconsider your plans.
Though there have been no new 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.
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:
Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 14 November 2020 to 8pm 15 November 2020
**from 8pm 9 November 2020 to 8pm 15 November 2020
*** includes the old case reported today, whose onset was likely in October
COVID-19 Update - 16 November 2020