Three new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Taree in the 24 hours to 8pm Monday, October 11.
In all, a further 47 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health District (HNEH) residents in the past reporting period.
Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, David Durrheim said this brings the total number of cases in the district to 1815 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Thirteen are from Maitland LGA, 11 are from Lake Macquarie LGA, nine are from Cessnock LGA, six are from Newcastle LGA, three are from Mid Coast LGA, three are from Port Stephens LGA and two are from Tamworth LGA.
- Twenty-six cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 18 were infectious in the community, and three are still under investigation.
- Thirty-one cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, 13 are unlinked, and the source of three cases is under investigation.
- 23 of the total active cases are currently being cared for in hospital and four are currently in ICU.
"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.
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.
| Albion Hotel, Singleton
- Friday 1 October from 12pm - 7.25pm
- Saturday 2 October from 1.55pm - 3.20pm
- Sunday 3 October from 1pm - 2.40pm
- Monday 4 October from 10am - 10pm
| Subway (393 Macquarie Rd, Warners Bay) Tuesday 5 October from 9am-2pm
| Singleton Gym and Swim - 25m indoor pool and adjoining amenities (14-16 Civic Ave, Singleton) Friday 1 October and Tuesday 5 October from 5am-6.20am both days
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.
Walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinics available across the district this week
Stokes Circuit Park, Taree Sunday 17 October From 9.30am. Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older, including non-Aboriginal partners and household members.
Armidale Hospital Vaccination Clinic Friday 15 October 10.30am to 3pm - Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older, including non-Aboriginal partners and household members
Doug Walters Pavilion, Mackay Street Dungog Saturday 16 October 10am to 3pm. Walk-in (appointments not required) - open to those aged 12 years and over.
Masonic Hall, 5 Yambo Street, Morisset Wednesday 13 October 10am to 3pm. Walk-in (appointments not required) - open to those aged 12 years and over.
Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre 35 Hinds Street, Narrabri Thursday 14 October and Thursday 4 November 10am to 2.30pm - open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older, including non-Aboriginal partners and household members.
Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Appointments also open to everyone aged 12 years and over, however priority will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those who live in social housing, are experiencing homelessness, have a disability or significant health problems
Tenterfield Hospital Friday 15 October 9am to 2pm Walk in (appointments not required) Open to those aged 12 years and over
PCYC Lake Street, Windale Friday 15 October 10am to 3pm Walk-in (appointments not required) Open to those aged 12 years and over
Those attending a vaccination clinic are asked to wear a mask, bring their Medicare card and ID (driver's licence, student 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.
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