An Upper Hunter man has passed away overnight after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Hunter New England Health confirmed the death of two Hunter men in the past 24-hours including the Singleton man in his 60s.
The second was a man in his 80s from the Lake Macquarie local government area.
It follows as New South Wales Health reported the state's highest fatalities in a single day with 18 deaths confirmed.
It also included six women, 11 men, and a child aged under five.
Of the six women and 11 men, one was aged in their 30s, three were aged in their 60s, four were aged in their 70s, seven were aged in their 80s and two were aged in their 90s.
A further 1,115 new cases of COVID-19 was identified in the Hunter New England regions in the past 24-hours.
Of the newly confirmed infections, 55 were diagnosed within the Upper Hunter.
It included 23 in Muswellbrook, 18 in Singleton and 14 in the Upper Hunter Shire local government areas.
There are currently 22,486 active cases in the district.
Hospitalisation numbers have also slightly dipped overnight, with 101 people being care for in hospital and 8 in ICU.
Of the 1,115 new recorded cases:
- 284 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 203 are from Newcastle LGA
- 119 are from Maitland LGA
- 114 are from Tamworth Reg. LGA
- 70 are from Cessnock LGA
- 69 are from Mid Coast LGA
- 67 are from Port Stephens LGA
- 33 are from Armidale LGA
- 26 are from Inverell LGA
- 23 are from Gunnedah LGA
- 23 are from Muswellbrook LGA
- 18 are from Singleton LGA
- 17 are from Dungog LGA
- 14 are from Upper Hunter LGA
- 13 are from Narrabri LGA
- 10 are from Moree Plains LGA
- 5 are from Liverpool Plains LGA
- 3 are from Glen Innes Severn LGA
- 2 are from Uralla LGA
- 1 is from Tenterfield LGA
- 1 is from Walcha LGA
To see vaccination rates by postcode visit https://bit.ly/NSW_Vaccination_by_postcode.