FOR the first time since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on the Mid North Coast on March 19, the tally has remained unchanged for 24 hours.
The number of confirmed cases on the Mid North Coast remained at 51 as of 8pm, April 6, and at four for the Kempsey local governement area.
Port Macquarie's confirmed cases remain at 29.
It does not come without tragedy though. Among the 21 deaths in New South Wales, one of the fatalities was that of a 91-year-old man at Port Macquarie Base Hospital who was a confirmed passenger on the stricken cruise ship Ruby Princess.
Five of the 29 confirmed cases in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area remain with an "unknown source of infection" status. They are identified as "locally acquired" and public health investigations and case interviews are ongoing in these cases.
Statistics on the NSW Health website as of 8pm on April 6 shows that:
- 29 of the 51 cases on the Mid North Coast are in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area.
- Five cases in Port Macquarie-Hastings are confirmed to have an "unknown source of infection". Public health investigations and case interviews are ongoing in these cases.
- The 51 confirmed cases from 2907 tests conducted (up until 8pm, April 6) represents a 1.75 per cent positive test rate to date for the Mid Coast Health District.
- Most of the confirmed cases are people who have recently returned from overseas.
- To the south, there are 248 confirmed cases in the Hunter-New England Health District from 12,516 tests.
- Across NSW, 2686 people have contracted the virus (up until 8pm, April 6). There have been a total of 21 deaths across the state.
- There are 229 COVID-19 cases being treated in NSW including 37 cases in Intensive Care Units, and 24 of these require ventilators.
Members of the community can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home where possible, washing their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, covering coughs and sneezes, maintaining social distance and observing rules on social gathering.
For further health advice, visit the NSW Health website.
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