20 November 2020

NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Three cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,328 since the start of the pandemic.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,328
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 55
Total tests carried out 3,355,267

There were 18,391 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 20,160 in the previous 24 hours.

NSW Health is treating 63 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases, 97 per cent, are being treated by NSW Health in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in samples taken on Tuesday 17 November from the sewerage system that serves Batemans Bay as part of the state’s sewage surveillance program. The catchment takes sewage from approximately 21,000 people.

The positive sewage result can be due to shedding of the virus by someone who may have previously had the illness, with the virus ‘shedding’ through their system for up to six to eight weeks later.

While this positive result may be explained by a previous case who is no longer infectious, as a precaution, NSW Health is calling on people in the Batemans Bay area to get tested if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms.

NSW Health is asking people coming to NSW from South Australia, by whatever mode of transport, to complete a declaration form to check if they have visited any of the venues of concern identified by the South Australian authorities and provide contact details if follow-up is required. This also applies people who have been in South Australia within the past 14 days.

Anyone who has been in South Australia since Friday 6 November should regularly monitor the SA Health alert page for venues of concern and follow the advice of SA Health. They must immediately self-isolate if they have been to any venues where this is advised, and get tested if even the mildest of symptoms appear.

Travellers who are not NSW residents who have visited any of these venues will not be permitted to travel to NSW until the 14-day period has elapsed.

NSW Health continues to advise NSW residents to defer non-essential travel to Adelaide, while people from Adelaide should defer non-essential travel to NSW.

Although there have been no new locally acquired cases in NSW for the past 13 days, new cases have appeared in the past after several days of no reported cases because transmission can occur among people with mild or no symptoms. If people don’t come forward for testing, outbreaks can easily be missed early on when they can be more readily controlled.

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 3332,368
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 001,437***
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00433
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 000
Under initial investigation000

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.
*notified from 8pm 18 November 2020 to 8pm 19 November 2020
**from 8pm 13 November 2020 to 8pm 19 November 2020
*** includes an old case that was reported this week, whose onset was likely earlier in October

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 6,988
Found positive 153
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 48,301
Found positive265
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1060,499
Found positive144

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