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Additional COVID-19 cases confirmed in the Hunter New England Health District, most acquired overseas


There has been another increase in the number of (Coronavirus) COVID-19 cases in the Hunter New England Health District (HNEH). 

An additional 17 cases have been confirmed since the last update over the weekend. 

This brings the total number of Hunter New England confirmed cases to 47.

"Of those local acquisitions a number were linked to large gatherings and this included two weddings and two music events outside of the Hunter New England region, so we strongly urge people to reconsider meeting in large groups, we really, really urge you not to do this because these are the areas where the virus can easily transmit," said Public Health Physician with HNEH Dr Dave Durrheim.

HNEH said health staff continue to undertake daily wellness checks with all confirmed cases in the District.

Hunter New England Health is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact. They will be contacted every day to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.

The District’s first case of COVID-19 has made a full recovery and has now been released from home isolation. 

"We also have some good news, our first case has now been discharged from home isolation and is fully recovered," said Dr David Durrheim. 

The cases broken down from HNEH looks like this: