COVID-19 update – 3 November 2020

3 November 2020


New cases in CESPHN region

In the past week (26 October to 1 November) there have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 in our region.  All cases are people returning from overseas.  There are still locally acquired cases of COVID-19 being identified in South Western Sydney. Everyone is urged to remain vigilant and not become complacent. We need to continue to test, isolate, maintain physical distancing and maintain good hygiene practices. 

Lakemba remains an area identified for increased testing. Anyone who has visited this area in the past 2 weeks should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

Anyone who visited Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday 24 October from 1.30pm to 4.30pm should watch for COVID-19 symptoms and if symptoms occur, immediately get tested and self isolate.

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.

New Resources

Infection Control advice

NSW Health has released new resources to assist with infection control:

An updated version of the Management of COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings document.

Risk assessment framework for group community sessions/meetings

Guidance on how to self-isolate

Download this infographic How do I self-isolate?