08 January 2021

NSW recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One of these cases, from the Northern Beaches, was first reported yesterday morning but is included in today’s numbers.

Seven cases were also recorded in returned travellers, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,806.

There were 26,112 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 27,879. NSW Health continues to urge everyone throughout the state to continue to come forward with even the mildest of symptoms. High testing numbers are vital to finding undetected cases and helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,806
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,305,690

Of the four locally acquired cases to 8pm last night:

  • One remains under investigation. This is the man from the northern zone of the Northern Beaches first reported yesterday morning.
  • One is linked to the Croydon cluster, and is a close contact of a previously reported case. There are now 11 cases in this cluster.
  • Two are linked to the Berala cluster, and are close contacts of previously reported cases. There are now 20 cases in the Berala cluster, following the addition of today’s two cases and two previously reported cases which have now been linked to the cluster.

In addition, seven cases were acquired overseas.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in a sewage treatment plant at Ulladulla for the first time.

This catchment serves a population 32,000 people and takes sewage from Narrawallee, Milton, Mollymook Beach, Ulladulla, Kings Point, Burrill Lake, Dolphin Point, Lake Tabourie.

There have been no recent locally acquired cases or returned travellers who tested positive from this area.

This could mean there are undetected cases of COVID in the community or someone with the virus visited the area, so we are asking everyone in that area to be especially vigilant in monitoring for symptoms, and if they appear get tested and isolate immediately.

NSW Health last night announced new venues of concern in Avalon and Wentworthville that have been visited by confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended the Avalon Woolworths, Avalon Chemist Warehouse and Wentworthville ChemSave Day and Night Chemist on the dates and times listed on the NSW Government website must be tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any occur, get tested again.

All residents of NSW are urged to check this page regularly for new information on venues of concern visited by COVID as it emerges.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 115 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (99 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW

Likely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All cases
Overseas 7382,646
Interstate 0090
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster 3191,624
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster 00435
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing 1311
Under initial investigation 000

Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

*notified from 8pm 6 January 2020 to 8pm 7 January 2021
**from 8pm 1 January 2021 to 8pm 7 January 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 8,584
Found positive 179
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 65,734
Found positive414
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1077,947
Found positive177

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COVID-19 Update 8 January 2021