31 NEW LOCAL CASES
COVID UPDATE - 11.10am Saturday September 25
Another 31 new cases were reported in the Hunter Region in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 18 in Lake Macquarie. These new cases take the total number in the local outbreak to 628.
OF THOSE NEW CASES:
18 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 3 in Cooranbong
- 2 in Charlestown
- 2 in Toronto
- 2 in Warners Bay
- 1 in Belmont
- 1 in Bolton Point
- 1 in Booragul
- 1 in Cardiff South
- 1 in Dudley
- 1 in Edgeworth
- 1 in Mount Hutton
- 1 in Wangi Wangi
- 1 in Woodrising
5 are from Cessnock LGA
- 3 in Kurri Kurri
- 2 in Weston
3 are from Newcastle LGA
- 1 in Adamstown
- 1 in Newcastle East
- 1 in Wallsend
2 are from Maitland LGA
- 1 in Metford
- 1 in Thornton
2 are from Singleton LGA
- 2 in Singleton
1 is from Port Stephens LGA
- 1 in Raymond Terrace
(**Case numbers in a particular suburb do not automatically mean there are exposure sites in that suburb. For example, those cases may have been linked to a household case and were already isolating at the time of testing positive. All current exposure sites are on the link below.)
STATUS AND CLOSE CONTACTS: Of those new cases, 18 are linked, 9 are unlinked and 4 are still under investigation. Unfortunately, 20 were infectious in the community, while 8 were isolating while infectious. A further 3 are still under investigation.
We now have 743 close contacts in the local area who are in isolation.
ACTIVE: There are currently 394 active cases in the local region.
15 local people are being cared for in hospital. One is in ICU.
LOW-RISK EXPOSURE SITES: As I reported yesterday, Hunter Health is no longer listing low-risk casual contact exposure sites of less than 15 minutes. I understand community concern on this but I'm comfortable with Health's advice for a number of reasons. Primarily, there has been zero transmission of the virus in any of the low-risk casual contact sites previously named anywhere in the State. This new approach to listing sites is also in line with all other health districts statewide. Sites which have been exposed for longer than 15 minutes, or potentially have clear risk of casual and close contact transmission will continue to be reported as usual. Two sites have been named in the past 24 hours - at Coles Toronto and at Raymond Terrace. More details on that site HERE
STATEWIDE: There were 1007 new cases reported throughout NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Sadly, another 11 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours.
There have been 288 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since 16 June 2021 and 344 in total since the start of the pandemic.
HOSPITALISATIONS: There are now 1187 people currently being treated for Covid-19 in NSW hospitals, with 229 in ICU and 118 requiring ventilators.
VACCINATION RATES BY POSTCODE: The latest vaccination rates by Lake Macquarie postcode are available on my website HERE
STATEWIDE VACCINATION RATES: Across NSW, 84.7 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.8 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on Thursday 23 September 2021.
VACCINATIONS FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITY: Belmont Vaccination Centre will be providing a walk-in vaccination clinic all weekend for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. No appointments are required. More details on my website HERE
TESTING: Given the high local number of cases, testing has again become absolutely crucial to stop the spread. Hunter Health and its teams of tracers have been hampered by people waiting to get tested despite being symptomatic for sometimes 6-7 days. When they've tested positive, this has automatically put tracing efforts more than a week behind from the start. Please don't be complacent. If you experience any symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible.
QUESTIONS: Please see my Facebook or Website pages for answers to frequently asked questions. Service NSW also has a 24/7 hotline where people are available to answer questions. You can reach them on 13 77 88.
STAY SAFE, stay vigilant, and stay home unless you absolutely have to go somewhere.