As at 8.00am Thursday, 29 October there were 140* confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).
* The three new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine in Sydney.
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Total confirmed cases of COVID-19*
Cases of COVID-19 are confirmed based on a laboratory analysis of a nasopharengeal swab. The number of confirmed cases may vary over time as a result of ongoing investigation or case review.
Total number currently hospitalised
This includes the number of people with COVID-19 who are currently being cared for in an Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District hospital.
Total number of recovered COVID-19 cases**
A recovered case refers to anyone previously confirmed positive with COVID-19 who is no longer under active surveillance by the public health unit, in either a hospital or in the community. This includes someone who been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has now completed the required period of self-isolation.
Total number of people tested for COVID-19 (since testing began)
Tests for COVID-19 can be performed in a range of locations, including:
Age breakdown of confirmed cases
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts are either being treated in hospital or are in self-isolation while required, to ensure there is no ongoing risk of infection to others in the community.
The ISLHD Public Health Unit contacts close contacts of new cases, who will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact. They will be contacted regularly to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.
Locations where these cases live, work or have visited do not pose any ongoing risk to the public. Publishing private details, such as the location of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, is a breach of patient privacy and serves no public health benefit.
* PLEASE NOTE:
- Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are notified by the person’s normal place of residence. In some instances, a case counted within ISLHD may relate to a person/s not currently staying or being cared for in the District. Additionally, the numbers may not reflect ISLHD residents being managed by other Local Health Districts.
- A ‘recovered case’ refers to anyone previously confirmed positive with COVID-19 who is no longer under active surveillance by the public health unit, in either a hospital or in the community. This includes someone who been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has now completed the required period of self-isolation, or someone who has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 who no longer has the virus. A prior false positive test is categorised as a negative case, and is not included as a recovered case.
- To find out how long it takes people infected with COVID-19 to recover, NSW Health staff have begun contacting all cases at three weeks after their illness to ask them about their COVID-19 symptoms. Cases whose symptoms have resolved are asked to report the date this occurred. Cases who still have symptoms are called every two to three weeks until symptoms have resolved
- The number of confirmed cases does not necessarily represent the total number of people in the community who may have COVID-19. People with COVID-19 may experience very minimal symptoms, and may not undergo testing.
- The information provided above is correct at the time of publication. In some cases, the total number of confirmed cases may be reduced when a case has been found to live outside of ISLHD or as a result of ‘false positive’ tests. A false positive is where a person initially tests positive for COVID-19, but subsequent tests are negative.
- Social distancing is currently the best measure we have to limit the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should continue to follow the social distancing requirements currently in place, regardless of how many confirmed cases there might be in their local area.