16 November 2020

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.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,309
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 3,291,081

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:

  • 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
Overseas 2282,349
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 001,475***
Locally acquired – source not identified 00395

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

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 6,856
Found positive 152
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 46,825
Found positive257
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1058,811
Found positive140