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COVID-19 update – 18 November 2020

18 November 2020


As at 16 November there have been no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in NSW for nine days.  Now is not the time to drop our guard. Everyone is urged to remain vigilant. We need to continue to test, isolate, maintain physical distancing and maintain good hygiene practices. 

Focus is now on preparing for the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine next year. Read on for information on a webinar tonight on this very topic as well as research being undertaken on the impact of COVID-19 on immunisation services.

Check NSW Health website for further details.

Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (≥37.5), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), runny nose loss of smell and loss of taste must be tested and self-isolate while awaiting results.

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

For an updated list of testing options in the Central and Eastern Sydney area please go to testing clinic hours and locations. For all testing clinics in NSW, please see

Ordering masks

To request masks for your practice please complete the Mask Request form on our CESPHN coronavirus web page.  Masks are available for general practices, community pharmacies and certain high risk allied health practices where practices are unable to source their own supplies.

Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine – Where are we at? 

TONIGHT RACGP NSW&ACT in partnership with NSW Health will running a ‘COVID-19 Vaccine – Where Are We At?’ webinar. This webinar will provide an update on the current state of vaccine development, the progress of human trials and program considerations relating to allocation, safety, and efficacy.

When: Wednesday 18 November 2020 – 7.30pm-8.30pm

Register here:

COVID-19 impact on immunisation services 

Monash University is conducting an evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of immunisation services. The objective of this survey is to understand how COVID-19 has impacted your capacity to give vaccines and any changes you have implemented in an effort to maintain coverage.

A final report summarising the results in an aggregated format will be provided to the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Completion of the survey is voluntary, anonymous and will take approximately 10 minutes.

Access the survey here.