Hunter New England Health COVID update Wednesday, October 13

78 new COVID cases in Hunter New England, 12 in the Mid Coast.
78 new COVID cases in Hunter New England, 12 in the Mid Coast.

A further 78 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health District (HNEH) residents in the 24 hours to 8pm last night (Tuesday, October 12).

The Mid Coast Local Government Area (LGA) recorded 12 new cases, six in Taree, four in Cundletown, one in Wingham, and one in Forster.

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Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, Dr David Durrheim said this brings the total number of cases in the district to 1892 since August 5, 2021.

Of the new cases:

  • Twenty-two are from Cessnock LGA, 14 are from Lake Macquarie LGA, 14 are from Newcastle LGA, 12 are from Mid Coast LGA, seven are from Maitland LGA, seven are from Port Stephens LGA and two are from Tamworth LGA.
  • Thirty-six cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 38 were infectious in the community, and four are still under investigation.
  • Fifty-four cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, 20 are unlinked, and the source of four 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.

Exposure venues

New casual contact venue 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.

| Singleton Gym and Swim - 25m indoor pool and adjoining amenities at 14-16 Civic Ave, Singleton on Friday 1 October and Tuesday 5 October from 5am to 6.20am both days

| Windale Community Medical Centre, 33 Lake Street, Windale

  • Wednesday 29 September from 11.55am to 12.45pm
  • Thursday 30 September from 3.35pm to 4.10pm
  • Wednesday 6 October from 2.05pm to 2.30pm

| Kurri Kurri Local Court, Corner of Victoria and Lang St, Kurri Kurri on Tuesday 5 October from 9.20am to 10am

| Medowie Medical Centre, 6a Waropara Rd, Medowie on Thursday 7 October from 2.35pm to 3.10pm

| Marli Accommodation Services (Currency Lass Accommodation), 359-363 High St, Maitland from Tuesday 5 October to Saturday 9 October inclusive

| Bunnings, Cnr Wingham Road and Bushland Dr, Taree

  • Saturday 9 October from 6pm to 6.15pm
  • Sunday 10 October from 5.45pm to 6.10pm

Cincotta Discount Chemist, Raymond Terrace

  • Thursday 7 October from 4.55pm to 5.25pm
  • Friday 8 October between the times of: 12.50pm to 1.00pm, 1.10pm to 1.20pm, 1.25pm to 1:35pm, 1.55pm to 2.05pm and 2.40pm to 2.45pm

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.

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 seek testing, regardless if they have symptoms or not and follow the NSW Health directions.

Walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinics available across the district this week, said Dr Durrheim.

Dungog

  • Doug Walters Pavilion, Mackay Street Dungog on Saturday 16 October from 10am to 3pm
  • Walk-in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

Morisset

  • Masonic Hall, 5 Yambo Street, Morisset on Wednesday 13 October from 10am to 3pm
  • Walk-in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

Narrabri

  • Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre 35 Hinds Street, Narrabri on Thursday 14 October and Thursday 4 November from 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

Taree

  • Stokes Circuit Park, Taree on 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
  • 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

  • Tenterfield Hospital on Friday 15 October from 9am to 2pm
  • Walk in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

Toronto

  • Toronto Community Health, 6 James Street on Sunday 17 October from 10am to 2pm
  • Walk-in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

Woodberry

  • Francis Greenway High School, 10 Lawson Ave, Woodberry on Sunday 17 October from 10am to 2pm
  • Walk-in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

Windale

  • PCYC Lake Street, Windale on Friday 15 October from 10am to 3pm
  • Walk-in (appointments not required)
  • Open to those aged 12 years and over
  • Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult

We ask that those attending a vaccination clinic wear a mask, bring their Medicare card and ID (drivers licence, student ID), Dr Durrheim said.

Additional Pfizer vaccination bookings are also available at the Armidale, Belmont, Moree, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Taree vaccination clinics.

Dr Durrheim said HNEH is continuing 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.

Sewage detections

The virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in samples from sewage catchments in Uralla and Gunnedah on October 11. There are no known cases in the Uralla sewage catchment area.

The community should remain vigilant and get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath.

All testing sites can be located via www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics.

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