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Over 1500 cases recorded in the Hunter New England overnight

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A further 1,554 cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in in the Hunter New England region overnight.

Of the new infections, 33 were diagnosed in the Upper Hunter districts. 

It included 15 in Singleton and eight in Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter Shire LGAs respectively.

There are 29,116 active cases in the region, of which 109 are being cared for in hospitals and nine are in ICU.

Hunter New England Health has reported another death in the region, making it the eighth recorded this week.

"We’re reporting the death of a woman in her 60s from the Lake Macquarie area.

"Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends," a Hunter New England Health spokesperson said.

Of the 1,554 recorded cases:

  • 438 from Lake Macquarie LGA
  • 240 from Newcastle LGA
  • 163 from Maitland LGA
  • 152 from Tamworth Reg. LGA
  • 114 from Mid Coast LGA
  • 93 from Cessnock LGA
  • 73 from Port Stephens LGA
  • 69 from Inverell LGA
  • 46 from Armidale LGA
  • 26 from Moree Plains LGA
  • 26 from Narrabri LGA
  • 22 from Gunnedah LGA
  • 22 from Liverpool Plains LGA
  • 15 from Singleton LGA
  • 11 from Glen Innes Severn LGA
  • 9 from Dungog LGA
  • 9 from Muswellbrook LGA
  • 9 from Upper Hunter LGA
  • 8 from Gwydir LGA
  • 4 from Tenterfield LGA
  • 4 from Uralla LGA
  • 1 from Walcha LGA

NSW Health has also extended the new self-isolation rules for critical workers to new sectors and industries.

Critical workers from certain sectors isolating as close contacts will be permitted to leave self-isolation to attend work if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Workers will only be eligible to leave self-isolation if their employer determines that their absence from the workplace poses a high risk of disruption to the delivery of critical services or activities, and they are unable to work from home.

These workers must wear a mask and comply with risk management strategies put in place by their employer, including daily Rapid Antigen Tests.

Any worker who tests positive or who develops symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate.

The new rules take effect immediately and apply to critical workers in the following sectors:

  • utilities which include electricity services, operation of energy systems, gas services, liquid fuels, water supply, sewerage, sanitation and drainage services and waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services)
  • information and telecommunications
  • social assistance and welfare services
  • funeral, crematorium and cemetery services
  • seaport operations
  • air and sea freight and logistics
  • the operation of correctional centres and community corrections
  • a person employed by Resilience NSW, a member of Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW, or New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association Inc.

The sectors listed above are in addition to the previously announced exemptions for:

  • agriculture (biosecurity and food safety personnel undertaking critical duties)
  • manufacturing (production and manufacturing of food, beverages, groceries, cleaning and sanitary products)
  • transport, postal and warehousing (road and rail freight, logistics, delivery and grocery fulfilment)
  • emergency services workers and healthcare workers who are necessary for the delivery of critical services and who cannot work from home.

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