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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

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UPDATED: August 11, 6:56am

NSW Update August 11

Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm, August 9, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,686.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,686
Deaths (in NSW ​​from confirmed cases) 52
Total tests carried out 1,693,821

There were 19,920 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 31,681 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the 14 new cases reported to 8pm, August 9:

  • one is a returned traveller from overseas
  • one was interstate acquired (Victoria)
  • one was locally acquired with no link to other cases at this point
  • 11 were locally acquired and linked to known cases.

Five of the cases reported are linked with Tangara School for Girls. These cases include four students and a household contact of a previously confirmed case. In total, nine cases (including six students) were now associated with the school, including one case previously reported cases. The original source of this cluster remains under investigation. This morning an additional two cases, not included in today’s numbers, linked to the school have been identified, a student and a teacher. These cases will be included in tomorrow’s official numbers.

The school’s secondary campus will close until Monday 24 August. The junior campus will close until Tuesday 11 August but will re-open on Wednesday 12 August for those students whose parents have challenges and need to send their children to school.

All students, staff and support staff of the secondary school are self-isolating for 14 days and being tested, regardless of symptoms. Students of the primary school must monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop, even when they are mild.

A student at Bonnyrigg Heights Public School attended school while infectious on Tuesday 4 August, Wednesday 5 August and Thursday 6 August. The school is closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing is underway.

Kids’ Early Learning Quakers Hill Long Daycare Centre is closed today and contact tracing is underway after a staff member worked while infectious on Monday 3 August.

This morning an additional student, not included in today’s numbers, from Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta has been reported. This case will be included in tomorrow’s official numbers. The school is closed for on-site learning on Monday, and cleaning and contact tracing is underway, after a student tested positive for COVID-19 late last week.

Three cases reported today are linked to the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs, bringing the total number of cases linked to this cluster to 63.

For a list of locations associated with known cases and advice on testing and isolation, see NSW Government – Latest new and updates.

Of the known clusters, there are now:

  • 111 cases linked to Thai Rock Wetherill Park
  • 63 cases linked to the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs, including 15 associated with Mounties in Mount Pritchard
  • 34 cases linked to Potts Point, including 28 cases linked to the Apollo Restaurant and six cases linked with the Thai Rock Restaurant Potts Point (two cases attended both).

While most cases in the past week have been associated with local clusters and close contacts with known cases, not all cases have been linked to known cases, indicating that COVID-19 is circulating in the community. It’s extremely important we all play our part in prevention.

There are currently 111 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are eight COVID‑19 patients in intensive care and six are ventilated. Eighty-five per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, stay in, get tested and isolate.
  • 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 in situations where you cannot physically distance.

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

Isolation is mandatory for anyone identified as a close contact (not a casual contact) of a case. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full time, even if they test negative. Early testing may not detect an infection, and release from self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community. Most people who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,040
Interstate acquired 85
Locally acquired – co​ntact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,182
Locally acquired – contact not identified 379
Under investigation 0
Total 3,686

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 tested 4,364
Found positive​ 120
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travell​ers screened at a day 2 11,833
Found positive 70
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 25,635
Found positive

 


Queensland Update Agust 11

Case summary

Cases Total
Number of cases 1,089
Last 24 hours 1
Active cases[1] 11
Recovered 1,071
Current hospitalisations 4
Patients currently in ICU 0
Deaths 6
Cases of First Nations people [2] 9
 

 

Data as at 10/08/2020. Refer to data caveats.



 

August 10

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,672.

Cases Count
Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,672
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 52
Total tests carried out 1,673,901

There were 31,681 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 24,421 in the previous 24 hours.

Of the 10 new cases reported to 8pm Saturday night:

  • one is a returned international traveller
  • seven were locally acquired, all close contacts of known cases
  • two are under investigation with no link to other cases at this point.

One of today’s cases is a student of Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook and one is a household contact of this student. A total of three cases are now associated with the school – the first case, in a student, was reported yesterday.

For the health and safety of the Tangara students, staff and the wider community, the school’s secondary campus will close until Friday 21 August (inclusive). The junior campus will close until Tuesday 12 August, but will re-open on Wednesday 12 August for those students whose parents have challenges and need to send their children to school.

All students, staff and support staff at the secondary school have been advised to get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate immediately until Friday 21 August, even if a negative test result is returned.

Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, will be closed for on-site learning on Monday and cleaning and contact tracing is being undertaken, after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

A healthcare worker who has tested positive for COVID-19 worked one shift while infectious at Hornsby Hospital’s emergency department, from 11am to midnight on Thursday 6 August.

The staff member became unwell after their shift and immediately self-isolated and got tested. The staff member had been wearing a mask at all times while in contact with patients.

Staff who have had contact with the healthcare worker have been identified and instructed to self- isolate for 14 days. There is no impact on the services being provided by the emergency department.

Members of the public who attended the emergency department between 11am and midnight on Thursday and who had contact with the healthcare worker are currently being identified and notified.

The healthcare worker is a household contact of another case reported today.

Customers who attended Bunnings, Campbelltown, on Tuesday 4 August, Wednesday 5 August and Thursday 6 August should be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and if even mild symptoms occur, to get tested and isolate themselves, after an employee at the store tested positive for COVID-19.

For a list of locations associated with known cases and advice on testing and isolation, see NSW Government – Latest news and updates.

Of the known clusters, four cases reported today are linked to the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs. There are now:

  • 111 cases are linked to Thai Rock Wetherill Park
  • 59 cases linked to the funeral events in Bankstown and surrounding suburbs, including 15 associated with Mounties in Mount Pritchard
  • 34 cases linked to Potts Point, including 28 cases linked to the Apollo Restaurant and six cases linked with the Thai Rock Restaurant Potts Point (two cases attended both).

While most cases in the past week have been associated with local clusters and close contacts with known cases, 11 cases have not been linked to known cases, indicating that COVID-19 is circulating in the community. It’s extremely important we all play our part in prevention.

There are currently 111 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are eight COVID-19 patients in intensive care and six are ventilated. Eighty-five per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, stay in, get tested and isolate.
  • 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 in situations where you cannot physically distance.

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

Isolation is mandatory for anyone identified as a close contact (not a casual contact) of a case. Anyone directed to undertake a 14-day self-isolation period must stay in isolation for the full time, even if they test negative. Early testing may not detect an infection, and release from self-isolation based on a negative test could allow an infectious person to infect others in the community. Most people who are infected and develop symptoms will do so within 14 days of exposure.

Confirmed cases to date

By likely source of infection Count
Overseas 2,039
Interstate acquired 84
Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster 1,169
Locally acquired – contact not identified 379
Under investigation 1
Total 3,672

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 tested 4,341
Found positive 120
Since 30 June 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 2 11,625
Found positive 70
Since 15 May 2020 Count
Asymptomatic travellers screened at a day 10 25,381
Found positive

 


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

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What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

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Two new COVID cases on the Tweed

The Northern NSW Local Health District Northern NSW Local Health District have announced this afternoon that there were two new cases of COVID-19 reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 21.

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COVID fragments at Banora Point and Kingscliff and new venues of...

The Northern NSW Local Health District is urging residents in the Tweed Shire, particularly in the Banora Point and Kingscliff areas to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in sewage samples.

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COVID update – November 19, three new cases

The Northern NSW Local Health District said this afternoon, that three new cases of COVID-19 were reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm on November 18.

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November 13 COVID update – 1 new case and 1 new...

Northern NSW Local HealthDistrict says that there has been one new case of COVID-19  reported for the area to 8pm yesterday, Friday November 12.

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Byron Community Centre had a COVID case last Tuesday

The Byron Community Centre has this afternoon announced that they closed today, Friday November 12 owing to a confirmed positive COVID-19.

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COVID update: Nine new cases and fragments in Lennox and Wardell

The Northern NSW Local Health District have announced that there were nine new cases of COVID-19 reported for the area to 8pm, yesterday, November 11.

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Alon protests against losing his unvaxxed teacher

An 11-year-old boy from Oceans Shores wants his unvaccinated teacher to be able to come back to his school at Brunswick Heads

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