Twelve of those were acquired in the community and one was a person in mandatory hotel quarantine.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklan said authorities are on “high alert” as the weather warms up and more people head outdoors on weekends.
“We anticipate that a lot of the places people normally flock to will be very busy on the weekend and the Deputy Commissioner and his team are on high alert to make sure that all authorities appreciate what could occur on the weekend if people don’t recognise the need to socially distance,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The premier also urged NSW residents to seek testing immediately once symptoms developed, after it was revealed recent cases had been symptomatic for up to three days before getting tested.
“It’s better to get tested the day symptoms come on board. It keeps your loved ones safe, your work friends safe and your community safe,” Ms Berejiklian said.
A staff member from the Ryde Secondary College was also confirmed to have COVID-19 last night, Dr Chant said.
“This is not included in today’s numbers because it came in after 8pm but they will be included in tomorrow’s numbers,” she said.
Two new cases are household contacts of previously reported cases who have not been linked to a known cluster.
Sydney Tattersalls Club attendees to immediately self-isolate
Anyone who went to the Sydney Tatteralls Club on Monday August 24 between 8am-2pm are now deemed close contacts and should immediately self-isolate.
Dr Chant said they must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested if they develop symptoms.
“This cluster has grown significantly, and we have received additional cases linked to this cluster overnight,” she said.
“So, again, it highlights how quickly COVID-19 can spread in the sense we have a seeding event, its amplification and then that has seeded other workplaces and lead to exposure in the community to a number of venues that we have announced so I would urge the public to go onto our website, familiarise yourself with our health alerts and the venues we are asking people to be vigilant and monitor for symptoms and also assess if you have been present in any of the locations where we are asking you to self-isolate.”
Venues added to ‘casual contacts’ lists
People who attended the following venues are considered casual contacts of a coronavirus case and have been warned to monitor for symptoms:
- Matterhorn Turramurra on Saturday 22 August from 6pm-8pm (NSW Health has already identified and contacted close contacts)
- The Parish of Holy Name Wahroonga on Sunday 23 August from 9.30am-11.50am
- Liquorland Marrickville from Sunday 23 August 5.15pm-5.30pm
- Eat Fuh in Marrickville on Sunday 23 August 5.20pm-5.40pm
- Metro petroleum Helston Park on Monday 24 August 10.20am-10.30am
NSW requests federal disaster payments
Ms Berejiklian said she has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to request that NSW has access to the government’s pandemic disaster payment.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment means that people who are directed into mandatory self isolation could be elligible for a $1,500 one-off payment.
“We want to make sure that people don’t feel they have to work because they won’t have income to pay theibills or put food on the table,” she said.
“It’s important for us for people to stay home after they’ve got tested and isolate.”
The payments, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the start of the month, are already being offered in Victoria and Tasmania.
At the time, Mr Morrison said it was open to other states and territories should they request it.
Changes for border communities flagged
Ms Berejiklian said she will make a “more definite” announcement on changes for border communities next week.
Last Friday Deputy Premier John Barilaro said people living in towns along the NSW-Victoria border will be able to travel 50 kilometres for food and supplies, rather than the current 2.5
“I think we’ve already flagged in relation to the distance from which border communities can travel amongst each other,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I hope to have something more definite to announce next week.”