NO NEW cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the local health district, and almost half of the patients have recovered from the virus.
In the latest health update, released on Tuesday afternoon, Tamworth remained clear of new coronavirus cases. And, in a positive sign, Hunter New England Health (HNEH) said the number of people who have recovered from the infection is soaring.
HNEH confirmed 117 people from the district had recovered from the virus, as of 8pm on Monday.
No new cases were recorded in the 24 hours of testing, meaning the infection rate was stable at 248 for another day.
The total count of coronavirus patients in the Tamworth LGA remains steady at 12, a number that has not changed in more than a week. Gunnedah has at least one case.
People are considered to be free of the illness once ten days have passed since their symptoms began, and the patient has had no symptoms of coronavirus in the past 72 hours.
HNEH district public health physician Dr David Durrheim said residents had helped curb the spread of the virus through isolation and social distancing efforts.
"Through no fault of their own, these people contracted COVID-19 and put their work and social lives on hold, working closely with us and observing strict isolation to prevent the further spread of the illness and protect our communities," he said.
"We acknowledge it hasn't been easy.
"We thank the patients and their communities for their commendable effort, which has significantly limited community transmission."
Despite the promising figures, Dr Durrheim warned people now is not the time to become complacent.
"While we're pleased many patients are recovering well, it's important to highlight the virus is potentially fatal, particularly to at-risk community members," he said.
Twelve COVID-19 patients are being cared for in the district's local hospitals. Five are in Intensive Care Units, which Dr Durrheim said is a "clear reminder" everyone needs to do their part and help contain COVID-19.
The number of confirmed cases in NSW is slowly climbing, with another 45 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour testing period.
It brings the state's total to 2686 patients.
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