Fourteen new COVID-19 cases in NSW

There have been 14 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,278.

Of today’s new cases, 13 are returned travellers in hotel quarantine. The remaining case is that of a man in his thirties from Albury. This case was highlighted as a probable case yesterday, and is linked to the two positive cases announced this week in Albury.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,278
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)51
Cases reported recovered2,798
Total tests carried out1,007,662

NSW Health will amend the Health Orders that came into effect on 8 July to remove confusion on interpretation of the Orders. The Government’s intent was to ensure any Victorian or anyone entering NSW from Victoria after the commencement of the Orders will be required to self-isolate.

The Government’s policy was not to be retrospective. This action follows legal advice that the Orders are open to an incorrect interpretation.

A total of 18,524 tests were notified in the reporting period, compared with 18,676 tests in the previous 24 hours. This means NSW has carried out more one million COVID-19 tests.

Today, NSW Health has also reduced the number of tests conducted in NSW by 8,598 from the total after identifying they were interstate tests incorrectly reported through the automated reporting process.

There are 77 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with one in intensive care. This person does not require a ventilator. In NSW, 2,798 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – is urged to seek testing and self-isolate. Do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19. A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available here or people can visit their GP.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.

Confirmed cases to date:

By likely source of infection: Count
Interstate acquired70
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster883
Locally acquired – contact not identified361
Under investigation0

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 2020:Count
Symptomatic travellers tested3,854
Found positive115
Since 30 June 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 23,582
Found positive33
Since 15 May 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1016,016
Found positive100