A new confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the Hunter New England Local Health District.
Earlier Tuesday, July 17, HNELHD reported a 27-year-old man is a known close contact of a previously reported case from Newcastle, who had returned from overseas and was isolating prior to his infectious period.
Hunter New England public health physician Dr David Durrheim said that the case and his close contacts are in isolation, so there was no ongoing risk of community transmission.
"The Casula hotel experience has shown us just how quickly this virus can spread, especially with a pub that is a key stop-off location for travelers," Dr Durrheim said.
"There are towns all throughout our district that are key stop-offs during travel, particularly during the holiday season.
"So all of us now need to play our part to ensure we are not reintroducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities."
There are now 28 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, with NSW's second outbreak of the virus continuing to grow daily.
In the State's morning update, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there had been 13 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the hours to 8pm on Monday.
She said two were returned overseas travellers, and one was a known contact of an overseas traveller.
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