At yesterday morning’s COVID19 Media Briefing NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant announced the Lane Cove Local Government area was now considered a virus hotspot.
This came as a surprise to many Lane Cove residents as there have been no new COVID19 cases in the Lane Cove Council Area for over two weeks.
- Why is Lane Cove now a hotspot if we have had no new cases?
- NSW Health is recommending Lane Cove Council area residents be tested if they have COVID 19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive – should I be tested if I don’t have any symptoms?
- Where Should I Go To Be Tested?
- Do I Need a Doctor’s Referral if I want to be tested?
We put those questions to the Northern Sydney Local Health District and a spokesperson advised as follows:
Why is Lane Cove now a hotspot if we have had no new cases?
NSW Health is increasing COVID-19 testing, particularly around areas where there are some suspected community transmissions with an unknown source.
A single case in an area without a known source could be a very early indicator that there may be some local spread occurring in that area.
A person who lives in the Lane Cove area became unwell with COVID-19 in early April without a known source.
Should I be tested?
NSW Health is asking anyone with a fever OR acute respiratory infection living in the Lane Cove LGA to be tested for COVID-19.
Symptoms include fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
By finding cases early and identifying appropriate isolation and quarantining of close contacts, we can help prevent onward transmission in the community.
Current advice is people with no symptoms (asymptomatic) do not require testing except in exceptional circumstances.
Where Can I Be Tested?
Testing is free at the 60 testing clinics run by NSW Health, and no referral from a GP is required. Results can take up to two days.
The full list of public COVID-19 clinics is available online here. Note: You do not need a GP referral to be tested here.
A complete list of private collection centres can be found here. A GP referral is required to be tested at private collection centres.
For information on private collection centres – where to go and what to bring read our article here. Note this includes Drive Through Testing Centres.
Latest COVID 19 NSW Cases
As at 8 pm Monday 27 April 2020, an additional five cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since 8 pm 26 April 2020, bringing the total to 3,009.
During that time, 4,112 people were tested, compared to 4,418 in the 24 hours before. All of today’s new cases acquired COVID-19 from known sources.
|Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)||3,009|
|Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)||37|
|Cases reported recovered||2,243|
|Cases tested and excluded||204,236|
|Total persons tested||207,245|
There have now been 2,243 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in NSW.
There are currently 142 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. These include 19 people being treated in Intensive Care Units, with 15 of those requiring ventilators.
NSW Health is urging people with symptoms, including mild symptoms, to be tested to ensure as many cases of COVID-19 in the community are identified as quickly as possible.
NSW Confirmed COVID 19 Cases by Outcome
|Not yet recovered||309|
|Less than three weeks from symptom onset/recovery data not available||420|
NSW Confirmed COVID 19 Cases by Sex and Age Group
*Note: Excludes cases notified without a date of birth and/or gender.
NSW Confirmed COVID 19 Cases by Likely Source of Infection
|Locally acquired – contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster||
|Locally acquired – contact not identified||366|
* Counts reported for a particular day may vary over time with ongoing enhance surveillance activities.
Latest COVID 19 Lane Cove Local Government Area Cases
Postcode 2066 – 16 Confirmed Cases
Postcode 2065 – 22 Confirmed Cases
Download the COVID 19 APP
The COVIDSafeapp is now available to download.
The COVIDSafe app is part of the Government’s response to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This is the Government’s reasoning for developing the app
“Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.
The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.
For detailed questions and answers about this app, see our COVIDSafe app FAQs.
What COVIDSafe is for
The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.
State and territory health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. The health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested.
The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government.
How COVIDSafe works
When you download the app you provide your name, mobile number, and postcode and select your age range (see Privacy). You will receive a confirmation SMS text message to complete installation. The system then creates a unique encrypted reference code just for you.
COVIDSafe recognises other devices with the COVIDSafe app installed and Bluetooth enabled. When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. The COVIDSafe app does not collect your location.
To be effective, you should have the COVIDSafe app running as you go about your daily business and come into contact with people. Users will receive daily notifications to ensure the COVIDSafe app is running.
The information is encrypted and that encrypted identifier is stored securely on your phone. Not even you can access it. The contact information stored in people’s mobiles is deleted on a 21-day rolling cycle. This period takes into account the COVID-19 incubation period and the time it takes to get tested. For more, see Privacy.
When an app user tests positive for COVID-19
When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, state and territory health officials will ask them or their parent/guardian who they have been in contact with. If they have the COVIDSafe app and provide their permission, the encrypted contact information from the app will be uploaded to a highly secure information storage system. State and territory health officials will then:
- use the contacts captured by the app to support their usual contact tracing
- call people to let them or their parent/guardian know they may have been exposed
- offer advice on next steps, including:
- what to look out for
- when, how and where to get tested
- what to do to protect friends and family from exposure
Health officials will not name the person who was infected.
After the pandemic
At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.
Deleting the COVIDSafe app
You can delete the COVIDSafe app from your phone at any time. This will delete all COVIDSafe app information from your phone. The information in the secure information storage system will not be deleted immediately. It will be destroyed at the end of the pandemic. If you would like your information deleted from the storage system sooner, you can complete our request data deletion form.
Your information and privacy is strictly protected.
The Health Minister has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to information from the app. State and territory health authorities can access the information for contact tracing only. The only other access will be by the COVIDSafe Administrator to ensure the proper functioning, integrity and security of COVIDSafe, including to delete your registration information at your request. It will be a criminal offence to use any app data in any other way. The COVIDSafe app cannot be used to enforce quarantine or isolation restrictions, or any other laws.
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