The Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) has seen a drop in recorded COVID-19 cases with 1115 new cases in the District in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with 69 of those cases in the MidCoast LGA.
A breakdown of new COVID-19 cases by local government area is as follows:
Of the 22,486 total active cases in the HNEHLD, 101 are receiving care in HNE hospitals and eight are in ICU.
"Sadly, we are reporting the death of two men from the Hunter region. A man in his 80s from the Lake Macquarie area and a man in his 60s from the Singleton area. Our sincere condolences go out to their family and friends," said Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Physician, HNE Population Health.
As of today, COVID-19 vaccinations are now also available for children aged five to 11 years old. Children in this cohort receive a third of an adult dose and require two vaccinations eight weeks apart.
To ensure children have the best possible experience, bookings are required. Appointments can be made online via covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking. If you have any trouble booking online please call 1800 571 155.
"We urge anyone who is yet to receive their vaccination to do so and book in for a booster as soon as they are eligible. While hubs across the District are accepting walk-ins, booking an appointment is the best way to guarantee a spot and ensure the most efficient experience," Mr Durrheim said.
"Masks are mandatory in all non-residential indoor settings and we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask in any situation where they cannot socially distance."
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