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Fluctuating fortunes for HNELHD, with 47 new COVID-19 cases

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The fluctuating fortunes of the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) continues, with just 47 new COVID-19 cases registered in the past 24 hours.

It follows a surge of 82 the previous day (Monday 11 October).

The Maitland LGA unveiled 13 overnight including six at Woodberry, two each at Telarah, Rutherford and Millers Forest, with one in East Maitland.

Eleven were detected in the Lake Macquarie LGA at Bolton Point, Belmont South, Gateshead, Hillsborough, Macquarie Hills, Marks Point, Toronto, West Wallsend and Croudace Bay.

The Cessnock LGA remains an area of concern, too, with nine infections, seven of which were at Weston with two in Bellbird.

Thankfully, only six were discovered in the Newcastle LGA at Adamstown, Bar Beach, Cooks Hill, Hamilton South, Mayfield and New Lambton Heights; and three in the Port Stephens LGA, all at Raymond Terrace.

Other cases occurred in the Mid Coast (three) and Tamworth Regional (two) LGAs.

Thirty-one are linked, 26 were infectious in the community and three remain under investigation.

Twenty-three of the total active infections are currently being cared for in hospital, with four in ICU.

The HNELHD is also closing in on having 70% of the population fully-vaccinated – currently sitting at 67% this week.

The first dose rate has climbed and 93% of residents over the age of 15 have now had at least one jab.

But, HNELHD is warning people to be sensible, despite new freedoms across NSW.

It’s encouraging locals to use face masks and avoid crowded situations while the region is still catching up on double-dose rates.

Overall, NSW recorded 360 locally-acquired cases to 8pm last night.

It brings the total number of infections in the state since the beginning of the pandemic to 69,363.

NSW Health reported the deaths of five people – four men and one woman.

One person was in their 40s, one was in their 50s, and three were in their 80s.

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

Three people were not vaccinated and two had received two doses of a vaccine.

A man in his 80s, who died at Campbelltown Hospital, was a resident of the Hawkesbury Living Aged Care Facility in Richmond, where he acquired his infection.

He had received two doses of a vaccine but suffered underlying health conditions.

A woman in her 80s died at the Hawkesbury Living Aged Care Facility in Richmond, where she acquired her infection.

She had received two doses of a vaccine, but endured underlying health conditions, too.

There are now seven deaths linked to an outbreak at this aged care facility.

If you need to get tested for coronavirus 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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