No new COVID cases have been reported in the MidCoast local government area in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, October 2.
This follows reports that a COVID positive person from Sydney had visited Purfleet and the Bushland area of Taree between Wednesday, September 29 and Friday, October 1. A COVID case was detected at Purfleet late last week.
People in the South Taree and Bushland Fair areas, who were in contact with COVID positive person, have been urged to come forward for testing.
Meanwhile a vaccination hub being opened at the old Nita Reid cottage in Taree at: 56 Chatham Avenue Taree. Run by Manning Base Hospital, Pfizer and AstraZeneca will be available from next Wednesday, October 6. Book your appointment at: https://nswhvam.health.nsw.gov.au/vam
A further 82 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health (HNEH) 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 1135 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Thirty-one are from Lake Macquarie LGA, 15 are from Cessnock LGA, 12 are from Maitland LGA, nine are from Newcastle LGA, six are from Port Stephens LGA, four are from Muswellbrook LGA, two are from Singleton LGA, one is from Dungog LGA, one is from Tamworth LGA and one is from Gunnedah LGA.
- Thirty-four cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 34 were infectious in the community, and 14 are still under investigation.
- Fifty-seven cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, 13 are unlinked, and the source of 12 cases is under investigation.
"We are encourage anyone who is currently isolating in the community with COVID-19, to call for an ambulance should they experience a deterioration in their condition, including breathlessness and dizziness," Dr Durrheim said.
"Vaccination appointments (Pfizer and Astra Zeneca) are available and HNEH continues to urge people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms)."
Those aged 12 years and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the Commonwealth Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder to make a booking. Appointments are still available for October at many locations across the district.
Anyone who attended the following new venues listed at 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.
| Broadmeadow Medical Centre Monday 27 September from 8am - 8:50am
| Cervoz Cafe, Singleton Saturday 25 September from 9am - 11:15am
| Gloria Jeans, Waratah
- Monday 27 September from 6:30am - 11am
- Tuesday 28 September from 10am - 2:30pm
NSW Health alerts 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, headache, 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 https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics. 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.
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