COVID UPDATE - Monday February 8
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine (see below for update on returned traveller case reported in the media).
The Hunter-New England region has now gone 185 days without a locally-acquired case.
The number of active cases in NSW is down to 9. There are 20 in Victoria, 7 in QLD, 11 in WA, 2 in SA and 4 in the NT. Tasmania and the ACT have zero active cases.
Australia's death toll remains at 909 with 56 in NSW and 820 in Victoria.
There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media regarding a returned traveller who tested positive for Covid on Day 16, two days after the quarantine period ended. Here's the statement and update from NSW Health:
"As reported in a Public Health Alert issued last night, NSW Health is carrying out precautionary public health follow-up in relation to a returned overseas traveller who tested positive to COVID-19 on day 16 after being released from hotel quarantine on day 14.
"The person from the Wollongong area returned two negative tests during their quarantine period, and the source of the infection is under investigation.
"The person did not have any symptoms but underwent testing as part of the recently enhanced day-16 follow-up. As an additional precautionary measure, NSW Health has introduced symptom checking and day-16 COVID-19 tests for overseas travellers who have been released from hotel quarantine.
"Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date.
"Investigations to date suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting. Close contacts of the case not associated with venues have been identified and are in self-isolation."
Please continue to stay safe, vigilant, maintain the social distancing, and wear a mask if you have to visit places where social distancing is difficult.
Don't forget, if you have any symptoms, however minor, please self-isolate and get tested immediately.