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Post Stephens family COVID-19 cluster now has six infections

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There are now six infections of COVID-19 in a Port Stephen's family cluster of the virus. 

NSW Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours up to 8pm last night including 85 linked to the Thai Rock Restaurant cluster at Wetherill Park in Sydney.

Two of those new cases today are linked to that restaurant and to a man in his 30s who had a visit from a young man who had COVID-19 from the Thai Rock Restaurant.

Hunter New England Health has reported that now a woman in her 30s and another woman in her 60s have tested positive. 

They have both been isolating at home since they were identified as close contacts, so there is no ongoing risk of community transmission.

While there is no ongoing risk, Public Health Physician Dr David Durrheim said this has shown just how quickly the virus can spread.

"This does show just how quickly the virus can spread when people have close contact,"

"The situation in Sydney is on a knife edge, and we urge that anybody who is planning to go to Sydney for non essential reasons to reconsider that and not travel and we also urge Sydneysiders not to travel into rural NSW. We've seen in Sydney that there are particularly high risk venues like pubs, clubs, restaurants, places of worship and gyms, places where people congregate, often crowding and these are dangerous places to be at this time."

"A face mask is a very useful additional measure for protecting you against the spread of this virus."

"However it doesn't replace the other measures, so things that have worked so well to keep us safe from the virus thus far, standing back and making sure we're 1.5 metres from everybody else, making sure we wash our hands whenever we've touched surfaces or objects and then if we develop any symptoms, a cough, a sniffle, sore throat, chest tightness, making sure we get tested and immediately isolate ourselves," said Dr Durrheim.

"This is the only way we are going to starve this virus from any opportunity of spreading in our community."

The total number of cases in the Hunter New England Health District since the start of the pandemic is 289.

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