NSW latest coronavirus data as at 16 September

​​Ten new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and one previously reported case has now been excluded after further investigations, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,996.

CasesCount
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,996
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)54
Total tests carried out​​2,518,555

There were 19,566 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 8,835 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the ten new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Six are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine
  • Four are locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster

One of the new cases is a close contact of a previously confirmed case linked to the CBD cluster. They had completed self-isolation prior to becoming symptomatic and had previously tested negative. Contact tracing is underway.

Three of the new cases are linked to a staff member from Concord Emergency Department. They include:

  • a student at Blue Mountains Grammar School who attended school while infectious late last week
  • a household contact of the above case who did not attend school while infectious.
  • a close contact of the above student who is not at school.

Contact tracing is underway. Blue Mountains Grammar School senior school (years 10, 11, 12) has moved to online learning until after the school holidays.

Two of the cases above visited the Springwood Sports Club, 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood, and anyone who attended on 12 September from 1 pm to 2 pm time is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

These cases also visited Lawson oval, Lawson. Anyone who attended on 13 September from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm is also considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

People who attended the above venues who are identified as close contacts are being contacted by NSW Health. Close contacts must immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19 and remain in isolation for a full 14 days after their contact, even if the test result is negative.

One of the cases reported today attended the Hunters Hill Bowling Club on Tuesday 8th September from 6:50pm to 9pm. NSW Health is contacting all patrons who were at the venue at this time to review their exposure and identify any close contacts. Anyone who was at the venue at this time should be alert for symptoms and immediately get tested if any develop or have developed since this exposure, and stay isolated until a negative test result is received.

One of the cases reported today attended the JB HIFI Penrith Plaza on Sunday 13 September from 4pm to 4.30pm. Anyone who was at the venue at this time should be alert for symptoms and immediately get tested if any develop or have developed since this exposure, and stay isolated until a negative test result is received.

NSW Health is also advising that a previously reported case attended Anytime Fitness, Casula on Friday 11 September from 10:15am to 12pm. All people who attended the gym during this time are considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found at NSW Government – Latest new and updates.

While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours is low, the virus is likely circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains.

It’s vital that everyone who does have the virus is tested and diagnosed, in order to stop further spread to others.

NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to come forward and get tested, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

This is even more important with the upcoming school holidays, when people will travel across the state.

NSW Health is treating 92 COVID-19 cases, including five in intensive care, three of whom are being ventilated. Eighty-eight per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. 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 on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance.

A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available or people can visit their GP.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely ​source of infectionCount
Overseas2,116
Interstate acquired90
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,397
Locally acquired – contact not identified393
Under investigation0
Total3,996

Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhanced surveillance activities.

Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to date

Since 29 March 2020Count
Symptomatic travell​ers tested​5,110
Found positive124
Since 30 June 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 224,526
Fo​und positive125
Since 15 May 2020Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1036,778
Found positive120

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