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Fifty-nine new COVID-19 cases takes HNELHD long weekend tally to 206

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Bucking the current state trend, COVID-19 cases in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) remain high, with another 59 infections overnight.

It takes the October Long Weekend tally to 206.

On a positive note, however, the latest figure is the lowest of the past three days.

The total number in the HNELHD’s outbreak now sits at 1194 as of 8pm on Sunday 3 October.

The Cessnock LGA registered the biggest amount of cases with 21, throughout Paxton, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Aberdare, Cliftleigh, East Branxton, Elrington, Heddon Greta and Weston.

Lake Macquarie LGA continues to be a concern, too, with a further 19 at Morisset, Gateshead, Blacksmiths, Valentine, Balcolyn, Belmont, Cardiff, Charlestown, Dora Creek, Marks Point, Seahampton and Warners Bay.

Eight were detected in the Maitland LGA, with two each at Maitland and Thornton, and others at Aberglasslyn, Telarah, Tenambit and Rutherford.

The Newcastle LGA posted seven in Adamstown, Hamilton South, Mayfield, Merewether, Shortland, Wallsend and Waratah.

Port Stephens and Muswellbrook LGAs logged three (Raymond Terrace, Anna Bay) and one respectively.

Forty of them are linked, 26 were infectious in the community and eight remain under investigation.

Twenty-two of the total active detections are currently being cared for in hospital, with one in ICU.

Overall, NSW recorded 623 locally-acquired COVID-19 cases.

Tragically, NSW Health reported the deaths of six people – three women and three men.

One person was in their 40s, three were in their 60s, one was in their 70s and another was in their 90s.

Three of them were from south-western Sydney, two were from western Sydney and one was from the Nepean Blue Mountains area.

Four were not vaccinated, one person had a solitary jab and one received two doses of a vaccine.

The person who had received both injections was a woman in her 90s who died at Hawkesbury Living Nursing Home.

This is the fourth death linked to this outbreak.

A man in his 60s from south-western Sydney, who died at Campbelltown Hospital, acquired his infection at the hospital.

It’s third death linked to this outbreak.

If you need to get tested for COVID-19 there are more than 410 clinics open across NSW.

For a complete list and booking details, visit: health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx

For our latest COVID-19 news click here.

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