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Record high as 63 new COVID-19 cases detected in HNELHD

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The Muswellbrook LGA is in danger of being locked down again after a record high 63 cases of COVID-19 were uncovered in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) overnight.

This brings the total number of infections in the HNELHD to 782 since 5 August.

Of the new cases, 19 are from Newcastle LGA (across Merewether, Warabrook, Cooks Hill, Mayfield, Elermore Vale, Newcastle, Adamstown Heights, Birmingham Gardens, Kotara, North Lambton, Georgetown, Hamilton North, Stockton and Beresfield); with 18 from Lake Macquarie LGA (Edgeworth, Mirrabooka, Morisset, Redhead, Toronto, Mount Hutton, Cardiff, Warners Bay, Belmont North, Teralba, Windale, Boolaroo and Gateshead).

Thirteen were detected in the Maitland LGA (Metford, Thornton, East Maitland, Woodberry and Rutherford).

Of the remaining, six are from the Port Stephens LGA (Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Lemon Tree Passage), four are from Cessnock LGA (Weston, Kurri Kurri and Heddon Greta), one each is from the Muswellbrook, Singleton (Wattle Ponds) and Upper Hunter (Aberdeen) LGAs.

Thirty-five were infectious in the community, with 12 still under investigation.

However, 38 cases are linked to known exposures or clusters.

Hunter New England Local Health District continues to urge people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms).

But, NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard issued a dire warning.

“Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Muswellbrook are currently being considered for stay-at-home orders as a result of cases in those areas,” he said.

“These decisions will not be made lightly, we have more work to do, but I’m putting the respective communities on notice.

“There may be a further announcement today in regard to all three of those areas, or just one of them.

“We need to make some final decisions on that.

“However, in the meantime, my strong advice as Health Minister to all of the residents in those LGAs is to be very cautious where you’re moving around at the moment.

“Go out and get vaccinated.”

In the past 24 hours, exposure sites were listed in the Upper Hunter at Marsh Carney Saddlery in Scone (on Thursday 23 September from 11.50am to 12.10pm); and Pharmacy Select, Muswellbrook Fair Shopping Centre (Wednesday 22 September from noon to 12.20pm; and Thursday 23 September from 11am to 11.15am).

In addition, Singleton Council had a person visit its building on Friday 24 September who had subsequently tested positive.

Overall, NSW registered a further 863 locally-acquired cases of COVID-19, lifting the total number in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 60,372.

Sadly, NSW Health reported the deaths of seven people – four women and three men.

One was in their 40s, another in their 50s, two were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.

Three had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, three had taken one dose, and one was not vaccinated.

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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