14 February 2021

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

Two new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,949.

There were 16,302 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 13,088.

Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 4,949
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56
Total tests carried out 4,794,714

This is the 28th consecutive day with no reported locally acquired cases. This is the first time NSW has gone 28 days without a locally acquired case since the beginning of the pandemic.

The previous longest stretch without local cases was 26 days, when there were no cases diagnosed in the reporting cycles between 8pm on 6 November and 8pm on 2 December 2020.

While this milestone is pleasing, it does not mean we can drop our guard. Cases are present in other states and are regularly being detected among international travellers arriving from overseas.

It is therefore vital that we continue to follow public health advice and continue to maintain social distancing and good hygiene, wear masks on public transport, and come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms.

NSW strongly advises against all non-essential travel to Victoria at this time. People subject to the restrictions in Victoria should not be travelling to NSW unless they are permitted to do so.

NSW Health would like to thank everyone who has recently arrived from Victoria for cooperating with the requirements of the Public Health Order, and for coming forward for testing if they have been at venues of concern.

Under the provisions of the Order, anyone who arrived in NSW from Victoria from midnight on Friday must comply with the five-day stay-at-home requirements in the order. People subject to the order are permitted to leave their place of residence if they have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include: shopping for essential items, medical and other care and caregiving, outdoor exercise, emergencies and essential work.

For NSW residents living in the border region, the stay-at-home requirement does not apply. The border region is defined as the area covered by the border ‘bubble’ in place in November last year.

Other people in NSW who have been in Victoria in the past two weeks are asked to monitor the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for updated information on venues of concern, and to follow the advice provided if they have visited any of those sites. Currently, different advice applies according to which of these places people attended; reflecting the assessed risk.

NSW contact tracers have now spoken directly to over 95% of the approximately 7,000 people who attended any of the Melbourne Airport terminals from 7 to 9 February, and who subsequently arrived in NSW, to provide the relevant health advice. Calls to the remainder are continuing.

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 NSW COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 33 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (97 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 infection Cases past 24 hours* Cases past 7 days** All cases
Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster001,642
Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00442
Locally acquired – investigation ongoing003
Under initial investigation011
Total 2 18 4,949

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

*notified from 8pm 12 February 2021 to 8pm 13 February 2021

**from 8pm 7 February 2021 to 8pm 13 February 2021

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020 Count
Symptomatic travellers tested 9,846
Found positive 193
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 74,470
Found positive478
From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623
Found positive182
Since 13 January 2021 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*7,943
Found positive9

* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12.