THE Hunter has had only one case of COVID-19 detected in almost three weeks, despite increased testing throughout the region.
As the number of confirmed cases in Hunter New England remained stable at 278 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, the number of tests for COVID-19 in the region surpassed 41,000.
The Hunter's only case in almost three weeks was a returned traveller who had been quarantined in a "hospital hotel" in Sydney since arriving back in Australia.
Three COVID-19 patients are receiving Hospital in the Home support.
Across NSW, there were four additional cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases to 3063, with 2595 people now recovered.
With the McDonald Jones Stadium "mega clinic" due to wrap up this Sunday, May 17, Hunter New England Health is urging anyone with a fever or recent onset respiratory symptoms to be tested to capture any lingering cases in the community.
Those wishing to be tested can contact the drive-through clinic to make an appointment on 4964 7497.
As restrictions get set to ease, Hunter New England Health has released this list of frequently asked questions:
Q. Do the 5 visitors include children?
A. Yes, it is 5 visitors in total including children.
Q. Can I have 10 people visit my home if we are outdoors?
A. No. An outdoor gathering means a gathering in a park or public place. In your home you can only have up to 5 visitors.
Q. Can I train outdoors with up to 10 people?
A. Yes. Remember to maintain physical distancing.
Q. Can I have a picnic?
A. Yes, so long as it is with up to 10 people total.
Q. What are the rules for cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs?
A. They can have up to 10 patrons seated at any one time and can continue to provide take away. They must also continue to apply the 4sqm rules and patrons must exercise 1.5m in social distancing.
Q. What are the rules about using outdoor equipment?
A. You can use outdoor exercise and playground equipment, but do so with caution. Wash your hands before and after you use this equipment. Assume the person who has used the equipment before you has the virus.
Q. What are the restrictions on outdoor pools?
A. Outdoor pools can operate but can have no more than 10 people at a time and no more than one person per lane. Change areas will also remain closed.
Q. Will there be police enforcement/penalties for people who do not follow the rules?
A. Yes. It is extremely important that we all stay vigilant and maintain the rules around physical distancing. We cannot afford to be complacent. NSW Police will continue to work with the community to help maintain the gains we have made together.
Q. Is local and regional travel allowed for holidays and recreation in NSW?
A. No. NSW is not yet ready to allow regional travel and holidays.
Q. When will the next round of restrictions be eased?
A. This decision will always be based on data and the best available health advice. NSW will monitor the impacts of the latest round of eased restrictions.
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