Covid update - Thursday


7th October 2021
Another 83 new cases were reported in the Hunter health district in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 26 in Lake Macquarie. These new cases take the total
¿ 83 NEW LOCAL CASES / UPDATE ON RESTRICTIONS
¿ COVID UPDATE - 11.10am Thursday October 7
¿ Another 83 new cases were reported in the Hunter health district in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 26 in Lake Macquarie. These new cases take the total number in the latest local outbreak to 1435.
¿ Of those new cases:
¿¿ 26 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 5 in Morisset
- 3 in Blacksmiths
- 3 in Gateshead
- 3 in Windale
- 2 in Swansea
- 2 in Warners Bay
- 1 in Argenton
- 1 in Balcolyn
- 1 in Barnsley
- 1 in Bonnells Bay
- 1 in Cardiff Heights
- 1 in Mirrabooka
- 1 in Wakefield
- 1 in Wyee
¿¿ 14 are from Maitland LGA
- 4 in Rutherford
- 3 in Telarah
- 3 in Woodberry
- 1 in East Maitland
- 1 in Gillieston Heights
- 1 in Maitland
- 1 in Metford
¿¿ 13 are from Newcastle LGA
- 5 in Mayfield
- 1 in Cooks Hill
- 1 in Hamilton South
- 1 in Merewether
- 1 in New Lambton Heights
- 1 in Newcastle
- 1 in North Lambton
- 1 in Wallsend
- 1 in Wallsend South
¿¿ 13 are from Cessnock LGA
- 5 in Cessnock
- 4 in Kurri Kurri
- 2 in Greta
- 1 in Ellalong
- 1 in Weston
¿¿ 8 are from Tamworth Regional LGA
- 8 in West Tamworth
¿¿ 3 are from MidCoast LGA
- 2 in Forster
- 1 in Booral
¿¿ 2 are from Port Stephens LGA
- 1 in Raymond Terrace
- 1 in Tanilba Bay
¿¿ 2 are from Muswellbrook LGA
- 1 in Muswellbrook South
¿¿ 1 is from Singleton LGA
- 1 in Singleton Heights
¿¿ 1 is from Gunnedah LGA
- 1 in Gunnedah
¿ 26 local people are being cared for in hospital. Three are in ICU.
¿ STATUS AND CLOSE CONTACTS: Of those new cases, 65 are linked, 5 are unlinked and 13 are still under investigation. Further, 39 were infectious in the community, while 31 were isolating while infectious and the remaining 13 are still under investigation. We still have 969 active cases in the Hunter Region.
¿ EXPOSURE SITES: The Service NSW office at Warners Bay and a number of sites at Marks Point, Wallsend, Cessnock and Thornton are among the new exposure sites named by Hunter-New England Health overnight. More details on the new sites (including a link to the full list at NSW Health) are on my website HERE.
¿ CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS FOR DOUBLE VAXED: As I posted earlier, NSW has hit the 70% double dose vaccination target and some restrictions will be lifted for double vaxed people from Monday. This morning, the Premier announced some further changes to those rules. I have summarised them below:
¿ SCHOOLS will return completely by October 25 with Covid safety measures in place, with the first stage (kindergarten, Yr 1 and Yr 12) now going back on October 18.
¿ VACCINATION STATUS FOR WORKERS: All workers in regional areas such as Lake Macquarie will be able to go back to work on Monday October 11 with just one vaccine dose, with a grace period until November 1 to receive their second dose.
¿ INDOOR POOLS will be able to reopen on Monday October 11. This won't be a free-for-all, though. Learn-to-swim classes for kids will be allowed to operate, dedicated lane swimming and things like hydrotherapy sessions will be allowed.
¿ MASKS IN OFFICES will not be mandatory once the State hits the 80% double vax target.
¿ HOME VISITATIONS allowed from Monday with a cap of 10 (not including children aged under 10). Remember that these rules apply only to those who are double vaccinated.
¿ As above, OUTDOOR GATHERINGS of up to 30 double vaccinated people will be allowed, while weddings and funerals will also be allowed to have up to 100 fully vaccinated guests.
¿ STATEWIDE: There were 587 new cases reported throughout NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Sadly, another eight deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours.
¿ HOSPITALISATIONS: There are now 911 people currently being treated for Covid-19 in NSW hospitals, with 181 in ICU and 85 requiring ventilators.
¿ TESTING: The importance of getting tested has never been more important in the local area. 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

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