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Hunter New England Health District COVID-19 update, Wednesday 20th May


The Hunter New England Health (HNEH) District has gone another day without any confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

The total number of cases is still sitting at 278, the total number of people who have recovered continues to rise and is now at 242. 

The recovered patients have been checked in with three weeks after the onset of COVID-19. 

Testing continues across the District as well with 49,668 people tested since the pandemic began. 

Cessnock testing clinic

HNEH is opening up a specialised testing clinic at Cessnock Hospital to boost testing numbers in the community. 

Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to get tested.

Even those with mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose are encouraged to arrange testing.

The drive-through clinic will operate 10am to 6pm from Wednesday 20 May until Tuesday 26 May. Bookings are essential, and people should call 49910436 to register before attending. The clinic is available for a limited time but may be extended depending on demand.