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HNELHD COVID-19 numbers still high with 82 new cases

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Following a tragic day in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD), which featured the death of a Lake Macquarie man, 82 new COVID-19 cases were detected overnight.

It’s a rise of 17 from the previous 24 hours.

The figure also takes the total number in the current outbreak to 1135, with 684 remaining active.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant labelled the Hunter as “an area of concern”.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen an increase of cases in Newcastle,” she said.

Incredibly, 31 infections were revealed in the Lake Macquarie LGA throughout Bonnells Bay, Windale, Belmont, Charlestown, Gateshead, Teralba, Whitebridge, Warners Bay, Belmont South, Blackalls Park, Booragul, Glendale, Marmong Point, Redhead, Swansea Heads, Toronto and Wyee.

The Cessnock LGA registered 15 at towns such as Weston, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Bellbird, Heddon Greta and Paxton.

South Maitland, Woodberry, Metford, Thornton and Rutherford featured among the Maitland LGA’s 12 cases.

Newcastle LGA tallied nine at Wallsend, Adamstown, Bar Beach, Hamilton, Jesmond, Kotara, Mayfield and Shortland; with another six in the Port Stephens LGA at Fullerton Cove, Raymond Terrace, Anna Bay and Medowie.

For the first time, the Muswellbrook LGA hit four infections – all located in Muswellbrook, with a further two in the Singleton LGA (Darlington, Singleton).

One each occurred in the Dungog (East Gresford), Gunnedah (Gunnedah) and Tamworth (West Tamworth) LGAs.

Fifty-seven of the HNELHD cases are linked, 34 were infectious in the community and a dozen remain under investigation.

Overall, NSW recorded 667 locally-acquired infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday 2 October.

The total number in the state since the beginning of the pandemic is 64,479.

NSW Health reported the deaths of 10 people – six women and four men.

Two were in their 50s, four were in their 60s, two were in their 70s and two were in their 80s.

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

Four people were not vaccinated, four had received one jab of a vaccine, and two had been the recipients of both doses.

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

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