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Lake Macquarie records highest COVID numbers in three consecutive days


The Lake Macquarie local government area has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Hunter for three consecutive days.

The minor spike continued today when 11 out of the newly recorded 36 were located within the LGA.

It follows after yesterday's data when nine out of 22 were identified and the day prior with four out of 16.

The 36 newly confirmed cases take the total number in the current outbreak to 4,249 - with currently 541 active cases.

Nine of the total active cases are currently being cared for in hospital and two are currently in ICU.

25 cases are linked, four are unlinked and seven are under investigation.

16 were infectious in the community and 13 were isolating while infectious.

Testing is strongly encouraged across Lower Mid North Coast and New England from Hunter New England Health.

"We continue to advise those with symptoms in the Lower Mid North Coast and New England regions to come forward for testing, given the COVID-19 cases in the area," HNEH said.

Meanwhile, New South Wales recorded 276 locally acquired cases overnight.

A breakdown of today's COVID-19 figures:

11 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 5 from Cardiff
- 5 from Macquarie Hills
- 1 from Barnsley

7 are from Moree Plains LGA
- 7 from Moree

6 are from Newcastle LGA
- 2 from Hamilton
- 1 from Jesmond
- 1 from Merewether
- 1 from Newcastle
- 1 from North Lambton

4 are from Mid Coast LGA
- 2 from Taree
- 1 from Harrington
- 1 from Wingham

3 are from Inverell LGA
- 3 from Inverell

2 are from Port Stephens LGA
- 1 from Corlette
- 1 from Shoal Bay

1 is from Tamworth LGA
- 1 from Tamworth

1 is from Cessnock LGA
- 1 from Kurri Kurri

1 is from Gwydir LGA
- 1 from Warialda

To see vaccination rates by postcode visit https://bit.ly/NSW_Vaccination_by_postcode.

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