Ten new COVID-19 cases in NSW

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,338. Of the new cases, four are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)3,338
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)51
Cases reported recovered2,799
Total tests carried out1,102,999

A total of 22,836 tests were notified in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 17,660 tests in the previous 24 hours. There are 89 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, with one in intensive care. This person does not require a ventilator. In NSW, 2,799 people are known to have recovered from COVID-19.

There are three cases reported today under investigation and not currently linked to the Crossroads Hotel. These include a female in her 40s from Western Sydney, a female in her 40s from South Western Sydney, and a man in his 30s from the Wollongong area. All three cases are currently isolating at home. Investigations to identify the source of infection and contact tracing are underway.

Three cases reported today are associated with the Crossroads Hotel. None of these attended the Crossroads Hotel. These include:

  • a man in his 20s, spent time with a known case,
  • another man in his 30s acquired their infection at Planet Fitness
  • a woman in her 30s is the spouse of a previously reported case.

Since 8pm last night an additional 4 cases have been reported linked to the hotel cluster, bringing the total number associated with the cluster to 40. These include:

  • a child of a previously known case
  • a man in his 30s who is a contact of a previously known case
  • a man in his 80s who attended Crossroads Hotel on 5 July
  • a woman in her late teens who attend Hurricane Grill with a previously known case

There is an additional case reported since 8pm last night not associated with the Crossroads Cluster, a person who travelled to Northern NSW from Melbourne. They arrived at Ballina airport on Sunday, 12 July on Jetstar flight JQ466.

The individual was screened on arriving at Ballina airport and since arriving they have been in mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Any potential close contacts are being followed up.

Testing clinics near the Queensland border are located at:

  • Byron Central Hospital – 54 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale, 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week
  • Grafton Base Hospital – Arthur Street, Grafton, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week
  • Lismore Base Hospital – Uralba Street, Lismore, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week
  • The Tweed Hospital – Powell Street, Tweed Heads, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week

Contact tracing is continuing for staff and patrons who attended the Crossroads Hotel from 3-10 July. These are being contacted and advised to self-isolate for 14 days and seek testing.

NSW Health is urging anyone who attended the Crossroads Hotel at Casula between Friday 3 July and Friday 10 July to immediately self-isolate until 14 days after they were last there, attend a clinic for testing even if they have no symptoms, watch for symptoms and get retested should any respiratory symptoms occur. Even if you get a negative test stay in isolation for 14 days.

Planet Fitness gym in Casula was deep cleaned on 12 July 2020 and remains closed. Other venues attended by cases in the Crossroads Hotel cluster are under investigation. These include

  • Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield, 5-10.30pm July 10
  • Hurricanes Grill in Brighton Le Sands, 6.30-8.30pm July 11
  • Rashays in North Wollongong, 7-9.30pm July 11

Further assessment and contact tracing as required is underway for these venues. Full information on venues is available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.

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: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx or people can visit their GP.

It’s essential that we all take the risk of transmission very seriously and take steps to protect ourselves and loved ones:

  • If you have even mild symptoms, a cold or cough, get tested and stay home until you’re cleared.
  • Keep your distance from others at all times even if you are well.
  • If you have been in Victoria, don’t mix with other people until two weeks has passed.

People who work in high-risk settings such as health care facilities or aged care homes must not to attend work if they have symptoms and must get tested immediately. People should also not visit relatives in these settings if they have even the mildest of symptoms or have recently returned from Victoria or attended affected venues.

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
Overseas1,983
Interstate acquired77
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster920
Locally acquired – contact not identified361
Under investigation0
Total3,338

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 tested3,967
Found positive115
Since 30 June 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 25,278
Found positive42
Since 15 May 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 1018,976
Found positive105