Covid update - Monday
10th August 2020
?? Thousands of local tests, no new Covid cases ??
?? No new Covid cases in the Hunter for the third day in a row. This is really pleasing because more than 10,000 tests were carried out in the days following several confirmed cases in the Newcastle area.
?? As we know, three members of the one family and a visiting construction worker forced the temporary closure and deep cleaning of two schools and eight hotels/clubs in the region over the past week.
People who visited those venues, and close contacts of the confirmed cases, have poured in to testing venues over the past week, but NO new cases have been recorded beyond those four.
That's a really good indication that the venues themselves have good procedures in place, that the vast majority of people are doing the right thing, and that our health workers and virus trackers are doing an incredible job.
?? There are currently 11 active cases in the Hunter-New England region (including the recent cluster at Port Stephens), but all are isolated and in quarantine. The only concern remains the source of the infection picked up by the St Pius student. Health authorities have still not determined the source.
?? Throughout NSW, 14 new cases were identified yesterday following 50,000 tests over the weekend. Those numbers really are encouraging, given the awful situation in Victoria. A further 19 people died in Victoria yesterday, with a further 322 cases recorded.
?? Please continue to stay safe, vigilant, and while it's not compulsory, consider wearing a mask if you're visiting places where social distancing is difficult.