New South Wales has recorded 14 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total number of infections to 3844.
Eight of the new cases are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster, bringing its total to 23.
NSW Health is investigating whether the CBD cluster originated in the City Tattersalls Club and then spread to workplaces in the city and households across Sydney and the Central Coast.
“To assist in identifying earlier and possible undiagnosed cases, NSW Health is asking anyone who attended the club between August 4 – August 18 to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until a negative test result is received,” it said in a statement.
“Genomic sequencing of the virus from cases in this cluster are related to other recent clusters in NSW.
“This virus is genetically different to that of the Marriott Hotel security guard, who had a strain that had come from overseas.”
All identified close contacts of cases linked to this cluster are being contacted and told to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless if they receive a negative result.
Of Saturday’s new cases, two are household contacts of previously reported cases, three attended the City Tattersalls Club, and three were close contacts of people linked to this cluster.
Further investigations have found one case reported yesterday is also linked to this cluster.
Of Saturday’s new infections, only one was recorded in hotel quarantine, 10 were linked to a known case or cluster, and three remain under investigation.
NSW Health said the new cases visited Archie Bear cafe in Mosman Rowers between 11am and noon on August 24 and between 9am and 9.30am on August 25; the Rosebery Post Shop from 1.30pm to 1.40pm on August 25; and St Ives Shopping Centre between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on August 24.
Anyone who visited these venues during those times must monitor for symptoms. If they develop, self-isolate and get tested straight away.
NSW Health has also advised those planning to make the most of the warm weather over the weekend to remain COVID safe and refrain from leaving the house if feeling unwell.
Sydney is forecast to reach 21C on Saturday and 25C on Sunday.
With a growing number of cases, NSW Health has asked anyone who lives or visited the following local government areas or suburbs in the past two weeks to get tested, even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat:
- Campbelltown LGA
- Canterbury Bankstown LGA
- Eastern part of City of Sydney LGA (including the suburbs Sydney, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Centennial Park)
- Fairfield LGA
- Guildford (suburb)
- Hornsby Shire LGA
- The Hills LGA
- Liverpool LGA
- Merrylands (suburb)
- Parramatta LGA
- Woollahra LGA.
People are also reminded to immediately self-isolate and get tested if they have been to locations, linked to clusters.
This includes those who attended Anytime Fitness in Marrickville between 7pm to 8pm on August 24; the 7.40pm Active Dance class at the Virgin Gym on August 24; City Tattersalls Club Fitness Centre between 8am to 2pm on August 19, 21, 23 and 24; and the indoor dining room of Hunters Hill Bowling Club between noon to 2pm on August 23.
People should also monitor for symptoms if they visited one of 21 sites listed on NSW Health’s website.
This includes the Ramadan Pharmacy at Auburn between 1.30pm to 2.30pm on August 19; Aldi at Fairfield West from 9.45am to 11am on August 16; Broadway Shopping Centre — including the Apple Store — at Glebe from 3.30pm to 5pm on August 22; and Magpies Waitara between 11.30am to 1.15pm August 24.
If symptoms develop, get tested right away and isolate.
There were 24,623 people who were tested in the past 24 hours, with the state’s total number now reaching 2,137,629.
Sixty-seven people are being treated, with six in intensive care — four who are ventilated.
Over the past week, daily cases numbers have gradually increased.
On Friday, 13 new cases were reported. Six were linked to the Sydney CBD cluster, one was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, two were linked to known clusters and four were still under investigation.
Nine were reported on Thursday and were all locally acquired and linked to known cases: five from the Sydney CBD cluster and four close contacts of previous cases.
On Wednesday, six new cases were reported with one being an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine and five locally acquired.
Only three were recorded on Tuesday of which two were close contacts of previous cases and one a repatriated Australian in hotel quarantine.