COVID-19 update for NSW, March 23

As at 8pm, Sunday 22 March 2020, an additional 136 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since 8pm 21 March, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 669.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 669
Cases tested and excluded 56,272
Total 56,941

A confirmed case has been identified at Vaucluse Cottage childcare centre. All children and staff who attended the centre on 16 March are close contacts and are being contacted to self-isolate until midnight 30 March. The centre plans to reopen once adequate staffing levels are confirmed.

A confirmed case, a resident at Quakers Hill Nursing Home, is now at Westmead Hospital. Contact tracing is underway.

Additional cases have been confirmed among passengers on the Ovation of the Seas (5 cases), and Ruby Princess (now 27 cases in NSW and 21 cases interstate).

Overnight NSW Health issued a media statement in relation to the protocols it followed on cruise ship arrivals.

The link to this statement is here.

Confirmed cases to date:

By likely source of infection:

Source No
Overseas acquired 327
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 155
Locally acquired – contact not identified 65
Under investigation 122
Total 669

By sex and age group:

Age group Female Male Total
10-19 16 8 24
20-29 69 56 125
30-39 65 66 131
40-49 48 68 116
50-59 50 61 111
60-69 46 54 100
70-79 19 22 41
80-89 3 12 15
90-100 5 1 6
Total 321 348 669

NSW Health is alerting passengers who were close contacts on flights to monitor for symptoms, and contact their GP, but call ahead first, or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19 / Flu assessment clinic should they become unwell.

A full list of flight details can be found here.

NSW Health COVID-19 / Flu assessment clinics are up and running across the state however, we stress these clinics are for those most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever, those returning from overseas or in contact with a COVID-19 case, or people like our health workers. People without symptoms do not need to be tested.

The link for the location of these clinics is available here.

Click here to view the latest advice on social distancing.