An additional seven cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed as at 2pm today bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 47.
|Cases under investigation||476|
|Cases tested and excluded||7848|
These figures refer to people who are in NSW and have been investigated for or have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID -19).
The new cases are:
- A 14 year old boy and 15 year old girl, both in Year 10, who attend St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas, along with their fathers, both in their 50s. These cases were found as part of the investigation of an ongoing cluster associated with Defence personnel and links to the Dorothy Henderson Aged Care Facility and Ryde Hospital.
- A 12 year old girl in Year 7, who attends Willoughby Girls High School. This case is under investigation.
- A female in her 50s, the mother of the 12 year old girl. She has not travelled overseas.
- A female in her 30s was very recently notified having returned from the Philippines. NSW Health is establishing her travel movements and identifying any contacts who may require self-isolation and testing if symptoms develop.
- NSW Health is continuing to make good progress in tracing contacts of previously identified cases and, in the majority of new cases, can track the chain of transmission within families, friends, and close contacts.
NSW Health has completed contact tracing for 77 delegates at a medical conference in Liverpool on February 18. No further cases have been identified and the two week quarantine period has now passed.
Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer said: “The vast majority of new cases can be traced to existing cases. This is reassuring as it means we are tracking how COVID-19 has been transmitted and in general we are not seeing random cases occur in the community at large.”
NSW Health is continuing to find and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community.