UPDATE: Region records another six cases of COVID-19

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Hunter New England Health has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 in the region, three of which are still under investigation for the source of infection.

The six new cases takes the total number in the current outbreak to 26.

The cases include:

  • A young female from the Maitland area, who is linked to the Maitland Christian School closure reported earlier
  • A female in her 20s from Newcastle, who is linked to the University of Newcastle cases
  • A male in his 30s from Toronto, who is linked to the University of Newcastle cases
  • A male in his 20s, from the Maitland area. The source of this infection is still being investigated
  • A male in his 40s from Medowie. The source of this infection is still being investigated
  • A male in his 40s from Newcastle. The source of this infection is still being investigated

Hunter New England Health is contacting close contacts of all confirmed cases and is asking them to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days from last contact.

The male in his 40s working in Boggabri yesterday who had low level detection of a possible case was urgently re-tested and returned a negative result, and is no longer considered a potential case.

A further case has been notified overnight in a young woman who had been exposed in Newcastle and travelled to Tamworth while infectious.

“We have also been advised overnight that Maitland Christian School and Arise Christian College at Metford are now venues of concern, and all students and staff are now considered close contacts,” Hunter New England Health Public Health Controller for the COVID-19 response Dr David Durrheim said.

“All affected staff, students and their families have been contacted by NSW Health to advise of their new contact status, and provided advice about testing and isolating.”

It comes after six cases were also detected yesterday (Sunday 8 August).

Anyone in the area with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to get tested.

Even those with mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose should arrange testing as quickly as possible.

“There is a very high demand for testing, and we thank the community for its patience and for continuing to seek testing,” Dr Durrheim said.

“We are pleased to advise that our private partner Histopath is opening two additional new testing sites for our communities in Maitland and Port Stephens. Both offer free testing for all ages, no referral or appointment necessary.”

A clinic at 84 Green Street, Telarah opened today and will operate from 8am until 6pm seven days a week. Another testing site will open tomorrow (10 August) at the Lakeside Sports Complex at 13 Leisure Way, Raymond Terrace that will operate over the same hours.

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

COVID-19 testing clinics

  • Belmont Hospital Drive-through Clinic – 16 Croudace Bay Road, Belmont. Follow signs on campus
  • Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital – Screening desk located inside of front entrance, Edith and Plath Street, Waratah
  • Cessnock Hospital Drive-through Clinic – 24 View Street, Cessnock
  • John Hunter Hospital – Adjacent to the Emergency Department, Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights
  • Maitland Hospital – Health Services Unit, 560 High Street, Maitland
  • Singleton Hospital Drive-through Clinic – Follow signs at main entrance, Dangar Road, Singleton
  • University of Newcastle Drive-through Clinic – ICT car park, entry from University Drive, Callaghan
  • McDonald Jones Stadium Laverty Pathology Clinic – McDonald Jones Stadium
  • Adamstown Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic – 91 Victoria Street, Adamstown, enter carpark via Victoria Street. Please do not exit your car.
  • Cessnock Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic – Cessnock Civic Indoor Sports Centre car park, 88 Mount View Road
  • West Maitland – 84 Green Street Telarah
  • East Maitland 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic – Stockade Hill Carpark, Brisbane Street, East Maitland
  • Gateshead Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic – Harold Knight Oval, Pacific Highway (Entry via Willow Road)
  • Morisset Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Drive-through Clinic – 40 Ourimbah Street, Morisset
  • Nelson Bay Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic – 20 Aquatic Close, Nelson Bay
  • South Maitland Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic – Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street (entry via Anzac Street), South Maitland
  • Wallsend 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic – 173 Nelson Street, Wallsend
  • Warners Bay 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic – Central Church, 290 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay

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