As at 8pm, Saturday, March 21, an additional four cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since Hunter New England Health District's Friday.
This brings the total number of Hunter New England confirmed cases to 30.
The likely source of infection is 16 of these cases is overseas, while 10 were likely locally acquired through contact with a confirmed case. In the remaining four cases the contact has not been identified.
Breakdown by age and sex:
- 10-19 years: 2 females, 1 male
- 20-29 years: 2 women, 3 men
- 30-39 years: 1 women, 3 men
- 40-49 years: 2 women
- 50-59 years: 2 women
- 60-69 years: 4 women, 4 men
- 70-79 years: 3 women, 3 men
- 80-89 years: nil
- 90-100 years: nil
Health staff continue to undertake daily wellness checks with all confirmed cases in the district.
Hunter New England Health is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact.
They will be contacted every day to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.
An additional eight people from Hunter New England were confirmed on Saturday, March 21, including a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s who had been aboard the Ruby Princess cruise.