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Call to “trample” coronavirus in the Hunter

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Hunter New England Health has released more information about the confirmed case of coronavirus in East Maitland and Port Stephens.

A Port Stephens man in his 60s was visited on 13 July by a man in his 20s from Sydney.

The Sydneysider had contracted the virus from one of the Sydney clusters.

Hunter New England Health’s Public Health Controller, Dr David Durrheim, said the Port Stephens man then began showing symptoms of coronavirus three days later.

“The Port Stephens case only became symptomatic on 16 July, but he visited the Salamander Bay Shopping Centre for an extended period on 15 July,” Durrheim said.

The man visiting from Sydney, who has since tested positive for the virus, attended the Windsor Castle Hotel in East Maitland on 13 July between 6pm and 8pm.

“So people who visited either the Windsor Castle Hotel on the evening of 13 July or those in the shopping centre on 15 July are at a slightly increased risk than the rest of the community of actually having contracted COVID-19,” Dr Durrheim said.

“We encourage all of them and the rest of us in those areas to make sure if we develop a sore throat, a sniffly nose or a cough that we go immediately and get tested for COVID-19.

“Don’t go spreading it in the community, isolate yourself until you have your test result.

“Now is the time to trample on this virus; we do not want it getting a hold in our community again.”

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