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NSW records 10 new coronavirus cases as testing rates improve


NSW has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 with four locally acquired, one linked to a known case or cluster and six returned travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

The 10 new cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night, from 19,566 tests, compared with 8835 in the previous 24 hours.

With the number of people being tested more than tripling from Monday people appear to have heeded Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant’s call to increase testing before school holidays begin on 26 September and people start travelling across the state.

NSW Health said one previously reported case had now been excluded after further investigations.

One of the new cases is a close contact of a previous case linked to the CBD cluster who had completed self-isolation prior to becoming symptomatic and had previously tested negative. Contact tracing is underway.

Three of the new cases are linked to a staff member from Concord Hospital Emergency Department.

They include: a student from Blue Mountains Grammar School who attended school while infectious late last week, a household contact of the student who did not attend school while infectious and a close contact of the student who is not at school.

Contact tracing is underway and Blue Mountains Grammar School is closed to students in years 10, 11, and 12 until after the school holidays.

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Two of the new confirmed cases visited the Springwood Sports Club and anyone who attended on 12 September from 1pm to 2pm should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

These cases also visited Lawson Oval at Lawson and anyone who attended on 13 September from 10:30am to 12:45pm is also considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

Anyone who attended those venues who are identified as close contacts are being contacted by NSW Health and must isolate and get tested for COVID-19 and remain in isolation for a full 14 days after their contact, even if the test result is negative.

One of the new cases attended the Hunters Hill Bowling Club on 8 September from 6.50pm to 9pm and NSW Health is contacting all patrons who were at the venue at that time to review their exposure and identify any close contacts.

Anyone who was at the venue then should get tested if symptoms develop and stay isolated until a negative test result is received.

Another of the new cases reported attended the JB HIFI Penrith Plaza on September 13 from 4pm to 4.30pm. Anyone who was at the venue at this time should get tested if any symptoms develop and stay isolated until a negative test result is received.

NSW Health is also advising that a previously reported case attended Anytime Fitness, Casula on September 11 from 10.15am to 12pm.

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Everyone who attended the gym during that time are considered a casual contact and must get tested immediately if symptoms develop and remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.

“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,” a NSW Health statement said.

NSW Health is treating 92 COVID-19 cases, including five in intensive care, three of whom are being ventilated.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.




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