Hunter New England Health confirms three new COVID-19 cases on Sunday evening to bring tally to 248

SURGE CONTINUES: The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Hunter New England Health region (an area stretching from Newcastle to Tamworth) has reached 248 after an additional three were confirmed on Sunday evening.
SURGE CONTINUES: The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Hunter New England Health region (an area stretching from Newcastle to Tamworth) has reached 248 after an additional three were confirmed on Sunday evening.

AN additional three cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed since Hunter New England Health's update yesterday.

This tally, which was recorded at 8pm on Sunday, April 5, brings the total number of Hunter New England confirmed cases to 248.

Currently 11 COVID-19 patients are being cared for in our hospitals, including five in ICU.

Thursday, March 19 - 13

Friday, March 20 - 18

Saturday, March 21 - 26

Sunday, March 22 - 30

Sunday night, March 22 - 47

Monday, March 23 - 72

Tuesday, March 24 - 103

Wednesday, March 25 - 124

Thursday, March 26 - 142

Friday, March 27 - 167

Saturday, March 28 - 189

Sunday, March 29 - 200

Monday, March 30 - 208

Tuesday, March 31 - 218

Wednesday, April 1 - 234

Thursday, April 2 - 241

Sunday, April 5 - 248

Sadly, NSW Health yesterday confirmed the death of a 76-year-old male resident from the Hunter New England District (see video).

Across the District, 88 people have recovered so far.

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.

NSW Health now has information on its website showing COVID-19 statistics broken down by Local Government Area.

This information can be found here - click link.

East Lake Macquarie screening blitz to halt local transmission

Following the identification of three cases in eastern Lake Macquarie region with an unknown source of infection, Hunter New England Local Health District is calling on Valentine, Belmont, Mt Hutton, Windale and Croudace Bay residents to contact their GP, private pathology laboratories, or the free COVID-19 clinics at Belmont or John Hunter hospitals for screening.

The Belmont Hospital Clinic is a drive-through service where people are screened via phone before presenting.

For screening, please call 4923 2211 between 8am-4pm, seven days a week.

The John Hunter Hospital Clinic is currently operating seven days per week, Monday through Sunday, from 8am-10.30pm. Signage at the hospital's main entrance will direct people to the nearby screening station.

Hunter New England Health is also operating clinics at Calvary Mater Newcastle, Maitland and Manning hospitals.

This story UPDATE (4PM): Hunter New England Health confirms total of 248 COVID-19 cases first appeared on The Singleton Argus.