11 new cases of COVID-19 in NSW, October 15

NSW has reported six new cases of locally transmitted COVID‑19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Five cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were also diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,132.

There were 15,802 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 16,021 in the previous 24 hours.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)4,132
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)55
Total tests carried out2,859,347

Of the 11 new cases to 8pm last night:

  • Five were acquired overseas and are now in hotel quarantine
  • Four were locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster
  • Two were locally acquired with the source still under investigation

Three of the new locally acquired cases are linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, which now has 15 cases in total. All three cases are household contacts of known cases. Contact tracing and investigations into the source of the cluster continue.

One case still under investigation, announced yesterday but included in today’s numbers, lives in the Bargo area of south western Sydney. Another new case is a household contact of this case.

The other new case still under investigation lives in south east Sydney. Close contacts of this case are isolating and being tested. The investigation into the source of the infection is continuing and contact tracing is underway.

NSW Health can advise confirmed cases have recently used a range of public transport. Anyone who travelled on the following trains 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:

  • Train from Mount Druitt Station at 4pm to Auburn at 5:15pm on 8 October
  • Train from Auburn Station at 8:45pm to Rooty Hill Station at 9:30pm on 8 October
  • Train from Mount Druitt Station at 8:50am to Parramatta Station at 9:30am on 10 October
  • Train from Parramatta Station at 1:00pm to Mount Druitt Station at 1:40pm on 10 October
  • Train from Mount Druitt Station at 9:20am to Auburn Station at 10:05am on 11 October
  • Train from Auburn Station at 4:55pm to Mount Druitt Station at 5:35pm on 11 October

NSW Health strongly encourages people to wear masks when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings and on public transport, to keep everyone safe. As previously advised, when taking taxis or rideshare commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.

NSW Health can advise a previously reported case attended the Billy Bear Preschool and Early Learning Centre in Ingleburn while possibly infectious on 9 October. Contact tracing is underway.

NSW Health issued a public health alert on 14 October for ACE Tutoring, 25 George St, Parramatta after a confirmed case attended while infectious on Saturday 10 October. Further investigation has identified people who attended only one specific class between 9:30am and 1:20pm are now considered close contacts. These people are being contacted and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.

Anyone else who attended ACE Tutoring on this day is now 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.

Everyone plays an important role in helping to contain the pandemic by getting tested quickly and following social distancing rules. Get tested on the day you get symptoms – don’t wait to see if they go away. Assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test. There is no limit on how many tests you can have.

Testing is quick, free, and easy and most people receive their test result within 24 hours. If you have even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19, please come forward for testing right away.

There are over 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 69 COVID-19 cases, including one in intensive care who does not require ventilation. Ninety-three per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

COVID-19 is still likely circulating 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 when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance.
  • When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should also sit in the back

COVID-19 testing clinics can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics, or call your GP.

Confirmed cases to date:

By likely source of infection: Count
Overseas2,201
Interstate acquired91
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster1,444
Locally acquired – contact not identified396
Under investigation0
Total4,132

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 tested5,870
Found positive138
Since 30 June 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 234,556
Found positive169
Since 15 May 2020:Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at day 1047,058
Found positive127