There has been one new case of COVID-19 in the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) reported to 8pm yesterday, Friday, September 24.
The new case is a close contact of a previously reported case diagnosed in Kempsey last Saturday.
It is now the seventh case confirmed in the Mid North Coast Local Health District since September 18.
Three cases are in Kempsey and four cases are in Coffs Harbour.
The two Kempsey cases forced the local government area back into a snap seven-day lockdown which commenced at 5pm Tuesday, September 21.
There have been 13 cases reported in the MNCLHD since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.
Across the state to 8pm Friday, there were 1007 new cases reported, and 11 more people died.
A walk-in vaccination clinic is operating at Kempsey hospital this weekend.
NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the West Kempsey treatment plant from samples taken on September 21.
The West Kempsey sewage treatment plant serves around 5,900 residents in areas north of the Macleay River including Kempsey, West Kempsey, Greenhill, Yarravel and Aldavilla.
To the south in the Hunter-New England Health District, there have been two cases reported in the Mid Coast local government area - one at Possum Brush south of Taree and one at Darawank near Forster-Tuncurry.
COVID-19 testing clinics are located across the Mid North Coast including a drive-through clinic at Riverside Park, Kempsey, which is open from 8am to 2pm on weekends and 8am to 4pm on weekdays (walk-in testing is available).
A full list of COVID-19 testing clinic locations and opening hours are listed on the NSW Government website at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics
Kempsey: stay-at-home orders
All residents in the Kempsey LGA must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes:
- shopping for food
- medical care
- getting vaccinated
- compassionate needs
- work or tertiary education if you can't work or study at home
People who are fully vaccinated can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor recreation, as long as all of those aged 16 or older are fully vaccinated.
To determine the extent of the risk and detect any further potential COVID-19 cases in the area, the MNCLHD is calling on the communities to come forward for testing in large numbers.
Get vaccinated: walk-in clinic at Kempsey hospital
MNCLHD is operating a walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinic at Kempsey District Hospital on Saturday and Sunday (September 25 and 26) from 10am to 2pm.
COVID-19 vaccination is available through GPs, pharmacies, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services, along with MNCLHD clinics and hubs.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccination go to www.healthdirect.gov.au