Hunter New England Health update Monday, November 29

Mid Coast record five new COVID cases.
Mid Coast record five new COVID cases.

Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, Dr David Durrheim is continuing to advise those with symptoms in the Mid Coast LGA to come forward for testing, given the COVID-19 cases in the area.

Two of the cases are from Wingham, one in Taree, one in Harrington, and one in Tuncurry.

The five new cases are included in the 10 cases for the Hunter New England Health District (HNEH).

Dr Durrheim said the new cases bring the total number of cases in the District to 4,310 since August 5 2021.

Five are from Mid Coast LGA, two are from Lake Macquarie LGA, one is from Armidale LGA, one is from Cessnock LGA, and one is from Maitland LGA.

Four of the total active cases in HNEH are currently being cared for in hospital, and one is currently in ICU.

Eight cases are linked, one is unlinked. Six were infectious in the community, three were isolating while infectious, and one is under investigation.

In Taree, testing is available at:

  • Taree Respiratory Clinic, 11am - 1pm daily
  • Taree old drive-in theatre at Bushland Drive, Taree drive-through Clinic, 8am - 4pm daily

Community members can now walk in to hubs across the District to receive their vaccinations, however, to ensure the fastest possible experience, bookings are encouraged and can be made via the Commonwealth Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

First and second doses are available for people aged 12 years and older. People aged 18 years and older who received their second vaccination more than six months ago may receive their booster dose.

Children aged 15 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 18 years and older.

A pop-up walk in clinic will be available at shop 1/91 Manning Street in Taree on Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16 from 9.30am - 4pm.

Dr Durrheim said HNEH is urging 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.

New rules for returning travellers regarding the Omicron B.1.1.529 variant of concern are now in place. In line with Commonwealth measures, all travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

All travellers who have been in any other overseas country during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours, pending further health advice. It is an offence not to comply with a Public

Health Order and penalties can apply. Compliance checks will be undertaken. It is critical that anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the nine African countries within the previous 14 days must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

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