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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

Vehicle sanitisation stations roll out

Enhanced safety measures for point to point transport such as taxis, hire and rideshare vehicles are being rolled out in Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore with the opening of three free temporary vehicle sanitisation stations.

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Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

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Northern Rivers COVID restrictions lifting at midnight

NSW Health has confirmed that COVID-related restrictions for the Northern Rivers will be lifted at midnight tonight (Monday 5 April).

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COVID testing encouraged in the NNSWLHD

On Easter Sunday afternoon the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has thanked the community for coming forward in large numbers for COVID-19 testing, with more than 10,000 tests conducted in the region in the past week.

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Face masks for Ballina and Byron businesses

As masks become harder to find across the Northern Rivers following the latest COVID-19 health alert, NSW Health has provided masks for business operators in Ballina and Byron Shires.

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UPDATE: Thousands of COVID tests conducted across northern rivers

The Byron Shire community and visitors have come forward in large numbers for testing following the alert of two COVID positive visitors coming to Byron Bay last weekend.

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Two new COVID testing clinics for Byron

If you are not feeling well or have flu lime symptoms, even if they are mild, the Northern NSW Local Health District is asking that you get tested following two positive COVID cases that travelled to Byron Bay last weekend.

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COVID: infectious sisters visit Byron Bay

As Brisbane prepares to go into another three-day lockdown Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it is a necessary measure to stop the UK variant of COVID which is highly infectious.

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Exciting times ahead for local screen industry

The film, TV and streaming world came to Lennox Head late last week, both in person and virtually, for the Screenworks Regional to Global Screen Forum.

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Restrictions put in place for Northern NSW Local Health District facilities

In response to the latest cases of COVID-19 detected in the Brisbane community, hospitals in Northern NSW Local Health District are restricting entry for visitors who have been in the Greater Brisbane area.

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