A further 10 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health District residents in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, David Durrheim said this brings the total number of cases in the District to 285 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Five are from Lake Macquarie LGA, four are from Newcastle LGA and one is from Port Stephens LGA.
- Six cases were infectious in the community.
- Seven are linked to known exposures or family clusters, while three cases are still under investigation.
A number of new casual contact venues have been confirmed. The latest exposure sites are published on the HNE Health Facebook page and the NSW Government website.
Anyone who attended any of the new venues listed on the specified dates and times is a casual contact (unless they have been contacted by NSW Health as close contacts) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received:
| BWS, Cardiff Friday 3 September from 10.35am - 10.45am
| Chemist Warehouse, Mayfield Thursday 9 September from 5.05pm to 5.25pm
| BWS, Warners Bay Monday 6 September from 3.45pm - 3.55pm
| Woolworth, Nelson Bay (there has been confirmed transmission at this venue)
- Tuesday 31 August from 5am - 2pm
- Wednesday 1 September from 8am - 5pm
- Thursday 2 September from 8am - 4pm
|Services Australia (Centrelink), Nelson Bay Monday 30 August from 9.25am to 9.45am and 2.00pm to 2.30pm
NSW Health contacts close contacts of all confirmed cases and directs them to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days from last contact, regardless of the result.
Dr Durrheim said anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to immediately get tested.
"Even people with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should arrange testing as quickly as possible."
All testing sites can be located via www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics.
Dr Durrheim said those who have also attended any of the exposure sites listed on the HNE Health Facebook page and the NSW Government website at the specified times and dates should also seek testing, regardless if they have symptoms or not and follow the NSW Health directions.
"It is also important that anyone who is currently isolating in the community with COVID-19, calls for an ambulance should they experience a deterioration in their condition, including breathlessness and dizziness."
Hunter New England Health continues to urge eligible people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms). People can check their eligibility and make bookings via the Commonwealth Government's eligibility checker.
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