Covid update - Friday

29th October 2021
There were 268 new cases reported statewide in the past 24 hours, with 54 of those in the Hunter-New England health district, including 7 in Lake Macquarie. These new
¿ COVID UPDATE - 11.10am Friday October 29
¿ There were 268 new cases reported statewide in the past 24 hours, with 54 of those in the Hunter-New England health district, including 7 in Lake Macquarie. These new cases take the total number in the latest Hunter outbreak to 2944. We now have 17 people in the region being cared for in hospital, with 4 in ICU.
¿ 15 are from Newcastle LGA
- 4 from Hamilton South
- 3 from Wallsend
- 2 from Mayfield
- 2 from New Lambton
- 1 from Adamstown
- 1 from Carrington
- 1 from Islington
- 1 from Merewether
¿ 10 are from MidCoast LGA
- 5 from Taree
- 2 from Forster
- 2 from Tuncurry
- 1 from Tea Gardens
¿ 7 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 1 from Jewells
- 1 from Morisset
- 1 from Mount Hutton
- 1 from Redhead
- 1 from Swansea
- 1 from West Wallsend
- 1 from Windale
¿ 6 are from Cessnock LGA
- 2 from Kearsley
- 1 from Cessnock
- 1 from Greta
- 1 from Kurri Kurri
- 1 from Neath
¿ 6 are from Tamworth Regional LGA
- 5 from Tamworth
- 1 from West Tamworth
¿ 4 are from Port Stephens LGA
- 2 from Raymond Terrace
- 1 from Anna Bay
- 1 from Heatherbrae
¿ 3 are from Maitland LGA
- 1 from Bolwarra Heights
- 1 from Chisholm
- 1 from Rosebrook
¿ 2 are from Singleton LGA
- 1 from Darlington
- 1 from Hunterview
¿ 1 is from Armidale Regional LGA
- 1 from Armidale
¿ 39 cases are linked, 9 are unlinked, 6 are still
under investigation.
¿ 36 were infectious in the community. 12 were
isolating while infectious. 6 are still under
- 93.4% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 86.5% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 82,840 tests
- 268 new locally acquired cases
- 1 new overseas acquired cases
- 269 total new cases
- 363 people in hospital
- 80 people in ICU
- 2 deaths
¿ MORISSET HIGH: Morisset High School is closed today to all students and staff. A student at the school tested positive to Covid-19 late yesterday and had spent time while infectious on school grounds. All students, parents and staff were notified yesterday and are following instructions from NSW Health. The school will remain closed until Monday while cleaning and contract tracing is completed.
¿ HOUSEHOLD CONTACT RULE CHANGES: As flagged earlier in the week, the rules around household contacts of people isolating have changed, and this has been specifically targeted at parents of children forced to isolate after a school contact. IF household contacts (for example Mum and Dad) have been fully vaccinated they do not need to isolate with the person ordered into isolation at home, but they must not attend high-risk settings (such as health care, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, schools etc). If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate with them at home.
¿ PUSH NOTIFICATIONS FOR CASE ALERTS: Thankfully, people can now (from today) get push notifications or instant alerts on their smartphone instead of having to log in and manually check for case alerts. This means that people can be instantly notified via the Service NSW app when they may have been exposed to the virus at a particular venue. You will, however, need to make sure the ‘push notifications’ function is turned on in your phone. Have put an explainer on my website HERE but call my office on 4959-3200 if you have any questions.
¿ REGIONAL-SYDNEY TRAVEL: The rule which currently restricts travel between Greater Sydney (inc the Central Coast) WILL be lifted on Monday (Nov 1) for fully vaccinated people. I know that will come as a huge relief for many people in the local area who have family and friends just to our south on the Central Coast, and in Sydney.
¿ TESTING: Testing remains a really important part of our battle with Covid-19. Please don't be complacent. If you experience any symptoms, get tested as soon as possible.
¿ QUESTIONS: Please see my Facebook or Website pages for answers to frequently asked questions. Service NSW also has a 24/7 hotline where people are available to answer questions. You can reach them on 13 77 88.

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