Three new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Mid Coast local government area in the latest reporting period, two at Taree and one at Bretti, north of Gloucester.
In total, further 56 cases 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 1686 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Sixteen are from Lake Macquarie LGA, 15 are from Cessnock LGA, six are from Newcastle LGA, four are from Maitland LGA, seven are from Tamworth LGA, three are from Mid Coast LGA, two are from Singleton LGA, two are from Port Stephens LGA and one is from Upper Hunter LGA.
- Twenty-four cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 27 were infectious in the community, and five are still under investigation.
- Forty cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, 11 are unlinked, and the source of five cases is under investigation.
NSW recorded 477 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 68,523.
Sadly, NSW Health is reporting the deaths of six men who had COVID-19. Two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, and three in their 70s.
"We 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.
Close contact flight route and casual contact venues
NSW Health was notified of a flight from Melbourne to Newcastle associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Anyone who was on the Flight VA1593 (Virgin) from Melbourne to Newcastle on Wednesday, October 6 - departed 12.56pm and arrived at 2.19pm - is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.
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. 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 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.
| Mount Hutton Medical Practice, 46 Wilsons Rd Mount Hutton Friday 1 October from 2.35pm to 3.05pm
| Tamworth Hostel (Aboriginal Hostels Limited) All day on September 29 and 30
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."
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 get tested, regardless if they have symptoms or not and follow the NSW Health directions.
Reminder - pop-up walk in Pfizer vaccinations this weekend
Open to everyone aged 12 years and older but priority given to people who:
- Live in social housing
- Are experiencing homelessness
- Are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Have disability or significant health problems
| Bushland (mobile clinic) Sunday October 10 from 11am Bushland Drive area
| Taree Clinic Open to everyone aged 12 years and older Sunday 10 October From 10am-2pm 56 Chatham Ave, Taree
Wear a mask, bring evidence of your workplace and a form of ID.
Additional Pfizer vaccination bookings are also available at the Armidale, Belmont, Moree, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Taree vaccination clinics.
"We continue to urge people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms)," Dr Durrheim said.
Bookings can be made via the Commonwealth Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.
The virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in samples from sewage catchments in Karuah on October 6 and Uralla on October 7.
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