A number of new close and casual contact exposure venues at house parties in the north west of the Hunter New England Health district have preceded a spike in active cases overnight.
The Moree Plains LGA has reported 33 new cases of COVID-19, among 103 in total reported to 8pm on Wednesday.
Four new cases were reported in the Newcastle local government area, 11 were from Port Stephens, 9 from Cessnock, 9 from Lake Macquarie, and 16 from the MidCoast.
One new case was reported from within the Dungog LGA, 2 from Maitland, with 9 from Tamworth, 7 from Inverell, and 2 from the Armidale Regional local government area.
Meanwhile, further close and casual contact venues have been identified in the Moree area. Anyone who attended evening house parties at Adelaide Street or Barwon Avenue on Thursday, October 28, has been considered a close contact and must immediately self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test.
Similarly, anyone who attended a celebration at the Aero Club in Moree on Saturday, October 30, is also a close contact.
Close contacts must isolate for up to 14 days depending on test results and vaccination status, Hunter New England Health has advised.
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Of the total number of cases reported overnight, 44 were infectious in the community, with 29 cases where the circumstances of transmission are unknown, Hunter New England Health has said. 57 cases have been linked to known transmissions.
Hospitals within the Hunter New England health district are treating 14 patients for COVID-19, four of whom are in intensive care.
Across the state, single-dose vaccination coverage has tipped above 93 per cent of the population aged 16 and over, with just under 89 per cent of having received two doses.
Advice for close contacts:
Hunter New England Health has provided the following advice for close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases.
If you are fully vaccinated with two doses of completed at least 14 days before you had contact with a COVID-19 case:
- self-isolate for 7 days
- get tested straight away and again on day 6
- leave self-isolation after 7 days if your test on day 6 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person
- for the following 7 days, work from home if you can and do not attend a high-risk setting (healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, primary school and correctional facilities) even if it is your place of work
- get tested again on day 12.
If you are not fully vaccinated with no, one or two doses completed within 14 days of contact with a COVID-19 case:
- self-isolate for 14 days
- get tested straight away, on day 6 and again on day 12
- leave self-isolation after 14 days if your test on day 12 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
If you have had COVID-19 in the past six months you will generally not be considered a close contact and you do not need to self-isolate or get a test unless you have symptoms.
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