The Mid Coast Local Government Area (LGA) has recorded the largest day of COVID numbers yet, with 13 new cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, Wednesday, October 13.
Hunter New England population health public health physician, David Durrheim said two of the cases in the Mid Coast were "mystery cases" and were unlinked.
"The transmission that we see was all in social or family groups," Dr Durrheim said.
Dr Durrheim urged the people of the Mid Coast to stop congregating and to get vaccinated.
"This is an important lesson for all of us. If we congregate, the virus rapidly spreads," he said.
The Mid Coast LGA has now recorded 61 COVID cases since the HNEH outbreak on August 5.
Of the 13 new cases:
- Nine in Taree
- Three in Forster
- One in Glenthorne
Walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinics available in Taree this weekend:
Taree (former Nita Reed Community Dialysis Unit) - Education Super Sunday, 56 Chatham Avenue, Taree on Sunday, October 17 from 10am to 2pm
- Open to workers across all education sectors including early childhood, pre-school, school,
- VET and university
- Wear a mask, bring evidence of your workplace and a form of ID
Taree (mobile pop-up) at Stokes Circuit Park, Taree on Sunday, October 17 from 9.30am
- Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older, including non-
- Aboriginal partners and household members
- Those aged 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult
- Appointments also open to everyone aged 12 years and over, however priority will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those who live in social housing, are experiencing homelessness, have a disability or significant health problems
Forster Private Hospital has a drive through collection clinic, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-1pm. No appointment is necessary.
HNEH said anyone who attended the following exposure site on the specified dates and times are casual contacts (unless they have been notified by NSW Health that they are a close contact) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.
Bunnings, Cnr Wingham Road and Bushland Drive, Taree
- Saturday, October 9 from 6pm to 6.15pm
- Sunday, October 10 from 5.45pm to 6.10pm
HNEH is continuing to urge people in the LGA to get tested, and said both clinics last Sunday, October 10 (Taree and Bushland mobile clinic) vaccinated a combined total of 260 people, "which was great," a spokesperson said.
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