Hunter New England Health COVID update Sunday, October 24

New COVID cases at Wingham, Failford and Forster

The MidCoast local government area recorded four new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday (Saturday)), two at Wingham, one at Failford and one at Forster.

Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, David Durrheim urged the community to get vaccinated and keep coming forward for testing should they experience any symptoms, with 53 new cases diagnosed in the Hunter New England Health (HNEH) district in the last reporting period.

Dr Durrheim said the new cases bring the total number in the district to 2622 since August 5, 2021.

Of the new cases:

  • Seventeen are from Newcastle LGA, eight are from Lake Macquarie LGA, seven are from Cessnock LGA, seven are from Maitland LGA, five are from Port Stephens LGA, four are from Mid-Coast LGA, four are from Tamworth LGA and one is from Dungog LGA.
  • Fourteen cases were in isolation for their entire infectious period, 34 were infectious in the community, and five are still under investigation.
  • Forty-two cases are linked to known exposures or clusters, six are unlinked, and the source of five cases is under investigation.
  • Twenty four of the total active cases are currently being cared for in hospital, four are currently in ICU.

"We urge 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."

Manning Gardens school to re-open

Manning Gardens Public School has been thoroughly cleaned and will be operational for the onsite attendance of staff and students from tomorrow Monday, October 25.

The school was closed on Friday, October 22 after a member of the school community tested positive to COVID-19, Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead said.

"The NSW Department of Education and NSW Health have been working closely to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff is maintained. This work has included identifying close contacts of the confirmed case," he said.

"The students and staff identified as contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period."

Taree drive through clinic

Taree Showground drive-through clinic is open seven days a week and no appointment is necessary. If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, please head to the clinic at Taree Showground or one of the other testing clinics available.

Sewage detections - Moree, Uralla, Quirindi and Armidale

"We have been notified of recent detections of COVID-19 virus fragments from the Moree, Uralla, Quirindi and Armidale sewage treatment plants, where there are no known cases," Dr Durrheim said.

"We continue to urge everyone in these areas, and not only in these specific catchment areas, to come forward for testing even if they have the mildest of symptoms so we can identify any unknown cases in the community and reduce transmission.

"We remind our communities that, while we may be fully vaccinated, infection is still possible and we can still transfer the virus to someone we love, including small children who are ineligible for vaccination, or vulnerable people in our community.

"People should not go to work and get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms."

People are urged 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

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.

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