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Over 40,000 COVID tests conducted in Newcastle since last week

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The latest figures from Hunter New England Health indicate most regions are taking testing for COVID-19 seriously with some of the highest numbers recorded to date.

The COVID-19 crisis is the Hunter continues to explode with 820 new infections diagnosed overnight but while cases soar the testing numbers are keeping up.

Newcastle recorded 326 new cases in the past 24-hours but they have also seen the largest administration of tests throughout the week.

From December 12 until December 19, there as been 40,296 tests conducted.

According to Hunter New England Health the figure is likely to change in the coming days with more added to the tally.

The highest testing day for Newcastle was December 17 with 7,823 tests delivered.

The Upper Hunter has seen 5,244 tests conducted in the same time frame.

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* This data is current as of 6pm 20 December. However, due to a delay in the upload of lab results, numbers for 20 December are unavailable and testing numbers for 19 December are likely to increase.

There were 930 tests in Muswellbrook, 3,437 in Singleton and 877 in the Upper Hunter shire local government areas.

It follows as COVID-19 cases continue to trickle into the district with 15 new cases reported across those three LGAs.

Seven were diagnosed in Muswellbrook and Singleton, while one was identified in the Upper Hunter.

There are currently 5,169 active cases in the Hunter New England with 14 of those active cases being cared for in hospitals and one in ICU.

Hunter New Flatland Health is urging residents who can receive their vaccination to do so and book in for a booster if eligible.

Walk in appointments, including for boosters are available at the Belmont Hub for all people who received their second vaccination more than 5 months ago.

"We also strongly encourage the community to continue to wear masks, particularly in indoor environments and avoid crowded venues and indoor gatherings," a HNEH spokesperson said.

Image: Grant Broadcasters, Hunter New England Health