A NEW COVID-19 exposure site in Glen Innes has been listed by Hunter New England Health overnight.
Anyone who visited the Brennan & Smith Optometrist in Glen Innes on Monday, September 13 from 3:45pm to 4pm is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.
The full list of current COVID-19 exposure sites in the region include:
- Brennan and Smith Optometrist, 312 Grey Street, Glen Innes, Monday 13 September 2021, 3:45pm to 4pm
- National Australia Bank Glen Innes, 234 Grey Street, Glen Innes, Tuesday 14 September 2021, 10:25am to 10:35am
- Pathology New England Collection Centre Glen Innes, 122 Bourke Street, Glen Innes, Tuesday 14 September 2021, 9:45am to 10:15am
- Kent Engineering and Mechanical Glen Innes, 87 Grovers Lane, Glen Innes, Tuesday 14 September 2021, 9am to 9:10am
- Caltex Moonbi, 16 Gill Street, Moonbi, Monday 13 September 2021, 5:45am to 6:45am, Wednesday 15 September 2021, 8am to 9am, Wednesday 15 September 2021, 11:45am to 12:30pm
- Pickles Auctions Tamworth, 37-39 Armstrong Street, Tamworth, Wednesday 15 September 2021, 8:55am to 9am
- Shell Gunnedah, 1 Kamilaroi Highway, Gunnedah, Thursday 16 September 2021, 6:25pm to 6:30pm
- BP Service Station Narrabri, 65 Cooma Road, Narrabri, Tuesday 7 September 2021, 8pm to 8:05pm
Hunter New England Health (HNEH) has pleaded with the public to get tested even with the mildest symptoms, as officials scramble to investigate any possible exposure to the local community.
The case is still under investigation and no announcement on lockdown has been made but HNEH's public health controller Dr David Durrheim said Tamworth is "not yet out of the woods".
"We've seen over the weekend a confirmed case in Tamworth linked to an exposure by a friend from Glen Innes," he said.
"Unfortunately this wasn't initially disclosed during the history taking, so we've got to be really wary that there may have been additional exposures in Tamworth as well."
He said health officials are working as fast as possible to understand if there has been exposure in the community and will be looking closely at sewage results in Tamworth across the coming days.
Here's where to get tested
Tamworth Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology
Suite 3, 199 Peel Street
- 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- 8:30am to 10:30am Saturday
Booking required via 1800 026 622 or (02) 9111 3405.
Tamworth Hospital Clinic
HACC and Disabilities Services Building, Dean Street
- 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- 9am to 1pm Saturday
Booking required via 1800 881 568.
Children under the age of 12 years will not be tested at this clinic and should attend their nearest Emergency Department or local GP so a full medical assessment can be undertaken.
Tamworth Minor League Park Laverty Pathology drive-through Clinic
Minor League Park, Plain Street Car Park
Enter via Carter Street
- 7.45am to 3pm Monday to Friday
- 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday.
No booking required.
Tamworth Respiratory Clinic
255a Goonooo Goonoo Road
- 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Wednesday
- 8:30am to 12pm Thursday
- 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday
- 9am to 2pm Saturday-Sunday
Booking required via (02) 6768 3288.
This week only at Granny Munroe Park shelter located near Coledale Community Centre
- 2pm to 4pm Monday (today)
- 12pm to 2pm Tuesday - Friday
TAMWORTH local government area (LGA) has recorded its first case of COVID-19 since April 2020, while a second case has been confirmed in Glen Innes.
Hunter New England Health announced a case of COVID-19 in Tamworth on Monday, which is still under investigation with information on exposure sites or whether the region will be plunged into lockdown unknown.
However, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the person is believed to have had minimal movement within the community and is currently isolating at a property just outside of Tamworth.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall also confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Glen Innes on Monday.
He said he was notified by NSW Health the confirmed case is a family member of the same household of the initial COVID case.
"They have been in isolation since last week - before their infectious period - and therefore present no risk to the community," he said.
It comes after one positive COVID-19 case was confirmed in Gunnedah last week.
NSW reported 935 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Monday, representing a significant fall in the daily case load and unfortunately four deaths, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
In a clear warning yet about the crisis looming for NSW hospitals, Ms Berejiklian said the system "will be overwhelmed in October".
There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since mid-June 2021 and a total of 301 since the pandemic began.
One of the new cases was acquired overseas, and 28 previously reported cases have been excluded following investigation.
There are 1,207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.
The breakdown of the 935 new cases is:
- 275 are from South Western Sydney
- 219 are from Western Sydney
- 111 are from South Eastern Sydney
- 102 are from Sydney
- 50 are from Northern Sydney
- 49 are from Nepean Blue Mountains
- 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven
- 24 are from Hunter New England
- 19 are from Central Coast
- 10 are from Western
- seven are from Southern NSW
- two are from Far West
- three are from Murrumbidgee
- 10 are in correctional settings
- and nine cases are yet to be assigned.
The sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus in the far western NSW town of Dareton.
There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 99,782. NSW Health administered 23,156 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
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