Hunter New England Health update Tuesday, December 7

Two new COVID cases in Harrington, one in Wingham.
Two new COVID cases in Harrington, one in Wingham.

The Mid Coast Local Government Area (LGA) has recorded three new COVID case to the 24 hours to 8pm Monday night, December 6.

Two of the cases are from Harrington, and one is from Wingham.

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

Three are from the Mid Coast LGA, two are from Lake Macquarie LGA and two are from Newcastle LGA.

Hunter New England Population Health public health physician, Dr David Durrheim said the new cases bring the total number of cases in the District to 4378 since August 5 2021.

There are currently 218 active cases in the HNEH District.

One of the total active cases in HNEH is currently being cared for in hospital.

Three cases are linked and three are unlinked, and one is under investigation.

Three were infectious in the community and three were isolating while infectious.

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 reminding communities that infection is still possible even when we are fully vaccinated, 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 should get tested and isolate, if they are experiencing any symptoms.

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 and Malawi during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

All fully vaccinated 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.

They will only be able to exit isolation at the end of the 72 hour period if they have received a negative result. These people must also complete a PCR test on day six after arrival.

Anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

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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