Hunter New England Health will open a COVID-19 clinic at Manning Hospital next week.
The health district reported that 11 Manning and 15 Great Lakes residents have tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.
This afternoon Hunter New England Health released a list of locations where people had tested positive, along with the news that a further 18 cases had been diagnosed, bringing the total in the health district to 142.
- Cessnock - 14
- Dungog - 4
- Glenn Innes Severn - 2
- Great Lakes - 15
- Manning (Greater Taree) - 11
- Inverell - 3
- Lake Macquarie - 31
- Liverpool Plains - 1
- Maitland - 11
- Newcastle - 28
- Port Stephens - 9
- Singleton - 1
- Tamworth Regional - 9
- Tenterfield - 2
- Upper Hunter Shire - 1
And in a further effort to stop the spread, some entrances to Manning and John Hunter hospitals have been in an effort to reduce footfall and allow for screening of those attending or visiting the hospitals.
The COVID-19 clinic will operate from Manning Hospital as of Monday, March 30 from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week. Anyone wishing to access the clinic should call (02) 6592 9850 in operating hours for phone screening prior to attending.
HNEH public health physician Dr Dave Durrheim said the health service is monitoring the number of people coming through its Emergency Departments and will review the need for further screening clinics as the situation evolves.
Currently five COVID-19 patients are being cared for in HNEH hospitals, two in ICU.
Breakdown by age and sex:
- 0-9 years: nil
- 10-19 years: 2 females, 1 male
- 20-29 years: 13 women, 3 men
- 30-39 years: 8 women, 9 men
- 40-49 years: 3 women, 2 men
- 50-59 years: 13 women, 11 men
- 60-69 years: 17 women, 17 men
- 70-79 years: 18 women, 13 men
- 80-89 years: 7 women, 5 men
- 90-100 years: nil
The source of the virus in 117 of these cases was overseas.
Daily wellness checks continue to be undertaken with all other 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. More information on cases and testing is available on the NSW Health website.
Visitors to the hospital have been asked to pay attention to signage. "These changes have been made to protect our staff and vulnerable patients, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," Dr Durrheim said.
More information on cases and testing is available on the NSW Health website.
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