A further 65 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health District (HNEH) residents in the 24 hours to 8pm last night (Monday, October 4).
The Mid Coast Local Government Area recorded two new cases.
Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, Dr David Durrheim said this brings the total number of cases in the District to 1259 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Twenty-seven are from Lake Macquarie LGA, 13 are from Maitland LGA, eight are from Newcastle LGA, six are from Gunnedah LGA, four are from Cessnock LGA, two are from MidCoast LGA, two are from Port Stephens LGA, one is from Liverpool Plains LGA, one is from Muswellbrook LGA, one is from Singleton LGA.
- Twenty-two cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 34 were infectious in the community, and nine are still under investigation.
- Thirty-seven cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, 19 are unlinked, and the source of nine cases is under investigation.
Dr Durrheim said 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.
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.
| McDonalds Muswellbrook, Maitland Street Wednesday 29 September from 1pm - 1:20pm
| Fast'n Fresh BP Nulkaba, Wine Country Dr
- Thursday 30 September from 11am - 2pm
- Friday 1 October from 11am - 2pm
| Caltex Werris Creek
- Thursday 23 September from 6pm - 6:15pm
- Friday 24 September from 6pm - 6:15pm
- Saturday 25 September from 6pm - 6:15pm
- Wednesday 29 September from 6pm - 6:15pm
- Friday 1 October from 6pm - 6:15pm
| Lowes Petrol Gunnedah, Abbott St
- Wednesday 29 September from 6:10pm - 6:25pm
- Friday 1 October from 6:05pm - 6:20pm
- Saturday 2 October from 2:20pm - 2:35pm
| BCF Tamworth Tuesday 28 September from 4:20pm - 4:45pm
| Spotlight Tamworth Tuesday 28 September from 4:50pm - 5:20pm
| Forster Bowling Club (especially pokies area) Wednesday 29 September from 7:30pm - 8:40pm
| Abermain Pharmacy Wednesday 29 September from 11am - 11:30am
Anyone who attended the following venue on the specified dates and times are casual contacts (unless they have been notified by NSW Health that they are a close contact) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received and then retest on October 8.
| Stockland Forster Shopping Centre on Sunday 3 October
- Hot Bargain from 2:35pm to 3pm
- Ally Fashion from 3:05pm to 3:20pm
- Sports First from 3:20pm to 3:45pm
- Reject Shop from 3:45pm to 4pm
| Lakeside Tavern, Forster (particularly pokies area) Sunday 3 October from 3:30pm - 4pm
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.
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 www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-andwellbeing/clinics.
HNEH said additional Pfizer vaccination bookings are now available in Armidale, Belmont, Moree, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Taree.Hunter New England Health 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). Bookings can be made via the Commonwealth Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.
- 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
- HNEH announced exposure sites in Gloucester and a testing clinic at Gloucester Hospital
- COVID case at Darawank, north of Tuncurry
- A COVID positive person stopped at BP Coolongolook on Monday, September 13
- Taree's Woolworths supermarket COVID exposure site September 7
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