After three consecutive days of more than 400 new local cases, NSW Health Director Kerry Chant says there is currently “a lot of stress” on the state’s contact trackers, but they are increasing resources and changing their processes.
Dr. Chant said that positive cases will now receive an automated text message with information on next steps, whereas previously the preference was for people to first hear about a positive test through a phone call.
“This means that there is no delay if someone does not answer their phone or other things, at least they will have a text message there,” he said, adding that the text contains information about what a person’s home should do and information. to contact the health authorities.
“We will follow up with an interview as soon as possible,” he added.
When asked about the number of infectious cases in the community today, at least 91 and possibly more than 400, Dr. Chant said that people weren’t necessarily infectious in the community because they were doing the wrong thing.
He noted that people are considered potentially infectious for two days before symptoms appear and mostly left home for permissible reasons.
“The purpose of us telling you to act like you are COVID-positive when you are away from home … is that we hope that even if you have been away from home, you have only been there to get the bottle of milk, to do the You buy, you’ve got your mask fitted, you’ve done your QR check-in, you’ve been very fast, you’ve kept your distance, you’re 1.5 meters away from people, “she said.
“If that’s the case, you have a very, very low probability of transmitting COVID.”