All current COVID cases tracked and isolated
23rd April 2020
It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able to track and isolate every single case.
Here's hoping that continues and a spike or second wave doesn't bring all of our great work undone.
This what Hunter Health's Dr David Durrheim told ABC Radio this morning:
It's been two weeks since a person in the Hunter contracted COVID-19 in the community without knowing the source of the infection, and health experts say that's good news.
Dr David Durrheim from Hunter New England Health said there's only been 25 cases of unknown infection in the health district since the crisis began.
He said those infections are critical to understanding and limiting spread in the community.
While it doesn't mean the restrictions can be relaxed, he said it is encouraging.
"Look I'm certainly a whole lot more comfortable now than I was a month ago," he said.
"So a month ago we were really anxious with the amount of cases that were being detected and we were really concerned that it would go really hot in the community."
Dr Durrheim said the bulk of the region's cases have come from people who contracted it overseas.
"But those folks played a really critical role, almost to a person they really isolated very very rigorously at home and that contribution is something that we should all recognise," he said.
"It's too early though to be celebrating."
There were no new confirmed cases in the Hunter New England Health yesterday.
A total of 278 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed across the district and 234 patients have recovered so far.