THERE were no new reported cases of COVID-19 or positive sewage detections in the New England North West on Tuesday.
But Hunter cases have spiked again, with 63 fresh infections announced on Tuesday as vaccination data shows several parts of the region have passed 50 per cent fully vaccinated.
Muswellbrook may fall under lockdown conditions due to a rise in cases, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has indicated.
Mr Hazzard said that areas including Muswellbrook and Port Macquarie could face extended restrictions.
"That work is being done this afternoon," he said.
"I would advise people in those areas to be very cautious."
Health authorities confirmed 35 of the new cases in the region were infectious in the community, 38 were linked and the infectious status of 12 remained under investigation.
There are now 482 cases in the region, 14 in hospital, and 697 close contacts.
None of the region's COVID patients require intensive care, Hunter New England Health said.
Newcastle's 19 cases are spread between Merewether, Warabrook, Cooks Hill, Mayfield, Elermore Vale, Adamstown Heights, Birmingham Gardens, Kotara, Georgetown, Hamilton North, Stockton, Beresfield and North Lambton.
In Lake Macquarie 18 cases span Cardiff, Blackalls Park, Cardiff South, Macquarie Hills, Windermere Park, Lakelands and Marmong Point.
63 new cases of COVID-19 in HNE 35 were infectious in the community (12 unknown) 38 cases are linked 482 active cases 697 close contacts in isolation 14 active cases in hospital, 0 in ICU
NSW added 863 new cases and seven deaths in Tuesday's 11am update, delivered by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Statewide, 85.7 per cent of the population over 16 has been vaccinated once.
Fresh vaccination data by local government area shows 77 per cent of Cessnock residents have received a first dose and 42.5 per cent a second.
The area joins Muswellbrook (74.9 per cent and 39.5 per cent) and Singleton (79.9 per cent and 42.4 per cent) with the lowest first dose figures in the region.
Those three lag behind the remainder of the Hunter, where first dose rates are uniformly above 80 per cent and almost all boast half their adult population fully vaccinated.
That includes Newcastle (80.3 per cent and 52.6 per cent respectively), Port Stephens (85.8 per cent and 56.1 per cent), Dungog (83.5 per cent and 53.2 per cent), Lake Macquarie (85.4 per cent and 54.4 per cent), Maitland (82.2 per cent and 48.8 per cent) and Upper Hunter (88.9 per cent and 59 per cent).
The data is current to Sunday.
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