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New confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Hunter New England Health District

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There's a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Hunter New England Health District (HNEHD).

NSW Health has confirmed the new confirmed case of COVID-19 for the district is a close contact of a returned traveler from Europe reported last week.

The 27-year-old male is a known close contact of a previously reported case from Newcastle, who was isolating prior to his infectious period. He and his close contacts are in isolation.

"He's a close contact of a returned overseas travel case that was reported last week and he has been isolating at home since he was identified as a close contact so there's no ongoing risk of community transmission," said HNEHD Public Health Physician Dr David Durrheim.

"The Casula Hotel experience has shown just how quickly this virus can spread particularly with a pub that is a key stop off location for travelers. Now there are towns all throughout our district that are key stop offs during travel particularly during the holiday season so all of us now need to play our part to make sure we're not reintroducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities."

"We need to keep our distance, we need to maintain our good hygiene, these things have proven key to preventing the spread of the virus and anyone who develops mild respiratory symptoms or more severe respiratory symptoms or a fever needs to make sure they stay at home and they get tested."

"We need to be vigilant that the virus doesn't get away form us again," said Dr Durrheim. 

There are testing clinics still open at Scone and Singleton Hospitals as drive-thru clinics, and another clinic open at Muswellbrook Hospital. 

For info on how to contact the clinic to book an appointment go to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx