For the first time since October 6, NSW has reported no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
NSW Health says four cases in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine were diagnosed since yesterday, bringing the total number of current cases in NSW to 4,153.
NSW Health is appealing to the community to come forward for testing right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.
“This is particularly important in South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and South Eastern Sydney where there have been recent locally transmitted cases,” the department said.
“NSW is at a critical point, and the only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing.
“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, and remember there is no limit on how many tests you can have.”
NSW Health is treating 69 COVID-19 cases, with one patient in intensive care.
“This patient does not require ventilation. Ninety-six per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care,” it said.
Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be at NSW Government – Latest news and updates.
There are currently more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.