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Covid report for NSW - September 15th 2020

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and one previous case has now been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,987. 

Cases Confirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 3,987 Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 54 Total tests carried out​​ 2,498,989

There were 8,835 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 9,316 in the previous 24 hours.

Testing numbers have dropped over the past two weeks, which is a concern particularly in areas like South Western, Western and South Eastern Sydney. 

Of the seven new cases to 8pm last night: 

  • Three are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine

  • One is from Victoria in hotel quarantine

  • Two are locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster

  • One is locally acquired with their source still under investigation

One new case is a household contact of a previous case linked to Concord Hospital. 

One new case is a healthcare worker at Liverpool Hospital. Source investigations are still ongoing and contact tracing is underway.

One new case is a returned NSW resident from Victoria. All passengers on the same flight from Victoria into Sydney are in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health can also advise a new additional case has now been confirmed in a student of Blue Mountains Grammar school. The school is now closed while further tracing and cleaning is undertaken. This case will be included in tomorrow’s official numbers. 

While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours is low, the virus is likely circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. As such, the risk of outbreaks and a resurgence of cases remains.   source