There have been 17 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in NSW up to 8pm on Tuesday.
Of those, one was locally acquired with no known source, and one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
The other 15 cases are linked to known clusters – eight to the Sydney CBD cluster, six to the cluster at St Paul’s College in Greystanes, where the original source is still under investigation, and one with Liverpool Hospital.
There were 20,083 coronavirus tests performed on Tuesday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said despite Wednesday’s high numbers in comparison with recent weeks, residents should “feel optimistic” about the future.
“We have challenges ahead of us, but NSW has shown incredible resilience, incredible capacity to work together, and that’s really inspired me to have much more hope and optimism for the future,” she said.
Girraween Public School, in Sydney’s west, was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, with a message sent to parents asking them to pick up their children after one student tested positive to coronavirus.
The school remains closed on Wednesday, with parents expected to be told of plans to reopen the institution later on Wednesday.
The Camp Australia OOSH attached to the school was also closed and remains closed on Wednesday.
Reddam Early Learning Centre in Lindfield was also closed on Tuesday following a rise in cases associated with the centre.
A number of venues and public transport lines are on alert. Anyone who attended the list below is considered a casual contact and must monitor symptoms, chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed.
- Four in Hand Pub, 105 Sutherland St, Paddington – guests who dined upstairs only or for less than two hours on August 26 from 6.30-10pm.
- Metro Fuel Greystanes on August 27, 3.15pm to 3.35pm
- Big Bun, 260 Pitt St, Merrylands, August 27, 3.30pm to 4pm
- Carslaw Building, University of Sydney Camperdown toilets, August 28, 8pm to 8.20pm
- Stockland Merrylands on August 29 between 9am to 11am
- Bus 810, August 28 departed St Paul’s Catholic College Greystanes 3.04pm, arrived 3.28pm Macquarie Rd opposite Boothtown Reserve, Greystanes
The Premier also announced she had launched a taskforce to target major events like the NRL Grand Final, State of Origin, V8s at Bathurst and racing to ensure they go ahead.
She will work with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Brad Hazzard revealed $10.1 billion was being spent on NSW hospitals, more than any other state or territory.
“Every other state has been left in our slipstream when it comes to building new hospitals.
Another $184 million will be dedicated to building new ‘super stations’ in Sydney, Mr Hazzard revealed.
One of the new ambulance stations will be built at the site of the old Glebe Coroner’s Court.
“This will ensure our paramedics have the best facilities to carry on doing the work we know they do so well,” he said.
NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dr Dominic Morgan said the Glebe station would be the last of 11 ambulance stations to be built as part of the paramedic response network.