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Two deaths, 73 new COVID-19 cases in HNELHD overnight


Just as it appeared COVID-19 cases were receding in the region, the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) experienced another surge of infections overnight – and two deaths.

The HNELHD’s figure of 73, in the past 24 hours, is almost a third of the total number in NSW.

Sadly, two of the 10 fatalities occurred in the Newcastle and Cessnock LGAs.

A woman in her 50s died at the Calvary Mater Newcastle.

She had received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine but suffered underlying health conditions.

Another woman in her 70s from Cessnock died at John Hunter Hospital.

She had also received both doses and had underlying health conditions.

The Newcastle LGA detected the most cases with 19 throughout Bar Beach, Jesmond, Merewether, Mayfield, New Lambton, Wallsend, Cooks Hill, Elermore Vale, Fletcher, Hamilton, Hamilton South, Newcastle West and Newcastle while Maitland also added 17 at Horseshoe Bend, Maitland, Rutherford, Thornton, Gillieston Heights, East Maitland, Metford and Raworth.

Lake Macquarie wasn’t far behind with 16 infections at Speers Point, Edgeworth, Barnsley, Belmont, Belmont South, Cardiff South, Charleston, Marks Point, Mount Hutton, Teralba, Valentine, Warners Bay and Windale.

Cessnock (12 – Paxton, Cessnock, Aberdare, Bellbird Heights, East Cessnock, Ellalong, Greta, Mount Vincent and Pelaw Main), Port Stephens (two – Raymond Terrace, Williamtown) and Singleton also made the list.

The Mid Coast registered the final six infections.

The state recorded 301 locally-acquired cases as of 8pm on Saturday 16 October.

Tragically, NSW Health reported the deaths of 10 people – five women and five men.

Two were in their 50s, two were in their 60s, two were in their 70s, three were in their 80s and one person was in their 90s.

Three of them were from south-western Sydney, two from southern Sydney, two from south-eastern Sydney, one was from the Central Coast, one was from the Newcastle LGA and another from the Cessnock LGA.

Five people were unvaccinated, one person had received a single dose of a vaccine, and four others were fully-vaccinated.

A woman in her 80s from south-western Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital, where she acquired her infection.

This is the 12th death linked to this outbreak.

She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 80s from south-eastern Sydney died at Prince of Wales Hospital, where he acquired his infection.

He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

A man in his 90s died at Prince of Wales Hospital.

He was a resident of the Southern Cross Care Daceyville aged care facility, where he acquired his infection.

This is the first death linked to an outbreak at the facility.

He had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

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