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Lake Macquarie a ‘hot spot’ as HNELHD records 65 new COVID-19 cases

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The Lake Macquarie LGA continues to be a COVID-19 “hot spot” as the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) registered 65 new cases overnight.

After 19 infections were detected in Lake Macquarie yesterday, a further 27 were unveiled on Tuesday 5 October.

They occurred in Charlestown, Edgeworth, Mount Hutton, Gateshead, Morisset, Belmont, Toronto, Blackalls Park, Warners Bay, Windale, Dora Creek, Woodrising, Cameron Park, Cardiff Heights, Caves Beach, Kahibah, Morisset Park and Wakefield.

Thankfully, numbers eased in the Cessnock LGA, dropping from 21 to four (Cessnock, Abermain) in the past 24 hours.

Thirteen also appeared in the Maitland LGA at Woodberry, Ashtonfield, Rutherford, Cliftleigh, Maitland and Gillieston Heights.

Merewether, Wallsend, Mayfield, Shortland and Elermore Vale were the suburbs, which made up the Newcastle LGA’s eight cases.

Port Stephens LGA unveiled two infections at Lemon Tree Passage and Nelson Bay, with one each in the Muswellbrook and Singleton LGAs.

Gunnedah LGA (six), Mid-Coast LGA (two) and Liverpool Plains LGA (one) made the list, too.

Thirty-seven cases are linked while 34 were infectious in the community.

Nine remain under investigation.

The total number in the current HNELHD outbreak is 1,259, with 903 active.

Additional Pfizer vaccination bookings are now available in Armidale, Belmont, Moree, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Taree.

HNELHD continues to urge people to come forward for vaccines (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms).

Bookings can be made via the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Overall, NSW recorded 608 locally-acquired cases as at 8pm on Monday 4 October.

Sadly, NSW Health reported the deaths of seven people – six men and one woman.

One person was in their 50s, two were in their 60s, three were in their 70s, and another was in their 80s.

Five of them were from south-western Sydney, while the other two were from western Sydney and Dubbo respectively. Five people were not vaccinated and two had received one dose of a vaccine.

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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