Nine new coronavirus cases have been identified overnight in NSW.
One is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, seven are linked to a known-cluster and one case from South Eastern Sydney has no source identified but is under investigation.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the updated figures in a press conference on Wednesday where she emphasised the importance of wearing masks "as the fourth line of defence" against the virus.
she also took the time to thank the Hunter engineers and health professionals led by Ampcontrol who have worked to create an emergency ventilator prototype.
"Can I say how incredibly proud I am that after March, when Minister [Stuart] Ayres and myself, issued a call to arms to NSW businesses to support us during the pandemic we've had two different groups of smart people, one university based in Sydney another company based in Hunter work together to provide the prototypes of these two great ventilators," she said.
"They are going through the approval process and are nearly there for manufacturing. It is a really exciting time in NSW.
"I want to thank them personally and literally the hundreds of people who supported their efforts to bring these protoypes."
The ventilators will be used nationally for surge capacity if the virus spikes again and there are plans to export the product overseas.
There were 20,852 tests done in NSW in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 12,494 the previous day.
Of the nine new cases, one case attended Tattersalls City Gym, and one is a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the CBD cluster. Both of these cases were isolating. There is now a total of 68 cases linked to the CBD cluster.
Five of the locally acquired cases are linked to Concord Hospital. Two healthcare workers, one patient and two household contacts of the patient.
The two healthcare workers worked at the hospital while potentially infectious but reported having no symptoms while at work and wore personal protective equipment while caring for patients. Contact tracing is underway.
Twelve people associated with Concord and Liverpool have now tested positive for COVID-19, including eight healthcare workers. Investigations into the source of these infections are ongoing.
Non-urgent surgery at Concord has been cancelled until Friday. The hospital will be closed to all visitors from 8am today (Wednesday 9 September) until 10am Friday 11 September to enable deep cleaning of all wards.
Following a boarding student at Kincoppal Rose Bay School testing positive to COVID-19, 100 students have been identified as close contacts - not all boarders as previously reported. All close contacts, including teachers and students, have been placed into quarantine. The school has been cleaned and the boarding facility remains open to some year groups.
As a number of boarding facility staff have been quarantined due to close contact with the case, there is reduced capacity to supervise students in the boarding facility. This has resulted in some year groups having to return home.
Cases attended the following venues while infectious. Anyone who attended at the following times is considered to be a close contact and is being directed to get tested and isolate for 14 days. They must stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received:
- Albion Hotel, Parramatta Beer Garden and Pavilion, on Saturday 5 September between 8.15pm - 11.15pm for at least an hour.
- The Crocodile Farm Hotel, Ashfield on Friday 4 September between 5.30pm - 6.30pm for at least an hour.
- The New Shanghai Night restaurant, Ashfield on Friday 4 September between 6.30pm -8pm for at least an hour.
NSW Health is also directly contacting patrons identified as close contacts at these venues. Patrons who were there for less than an hour at these times are considered casual contacts and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop and remain in isolation until they receive a negative result.
Anyone who attended the following venues or travelled on these trains at the following dates and times are considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. After testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received:
- Macquarie Shopping Centre, including Food Court, Coco Tea, Myer, Time Zone and Tommy Gun's Barbershop, on Saturday 5 September from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
- The Railway Hotel, Liverpool on Friday 4 September from 10:00pm - 11:30pm.
- T1/T9 North Shore Line on 7 September between 9:17 - 9:29am from Milson's Point to St Leonards
- T1/T9 North Shore Line on 7 September between 9:53 - 10:14am from St Leonard's to Milsons Point
Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.
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