There was one case of COVID-19 reported in the Mid North Coast Local Health District to 8pm yesterday (October 18).
The case is from the Kempsey Local Government Area (LGA) and the source of their infection is under investigation.
It is the 14th case reported in Kempsey.
There have been 53 cases reported in the MNCLHD since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.
The North Coast Public Health Unit is currently investigating this latest case and contact tracing is underway, including any potential exposure venues of public concern.
The vaccination rates for the MNCLHD continue to rise with more than 95 per cent of people in Port Macquarie-Hastings having received a first dose of COVID vaccine.
First dose vaccination rates, followed by double dose (DD) rates for the region are:
- Bellingen Shire 91.6%, DD 69.8%
- Nambucca Shire 92.5%, DD 67.4%
- Kempsey Shire 92.5%, DD 68.4%
- Port Macquarie Hastings Shire 95%, DD 79.0%
To the south, the MidCoast Local Government Area (LGA) has recorded six new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night (October 18). This region is part of the Hunter-New England Health District.
This brings the total number of cases to 97 in the MidCoast LGA (which includes Taree, Forster, Wingham and Gloucester) since the outbreak began in the Hunter New England Health District on August 5.
Concern is growing over an escalating COVID-19 outbreak in the Hunter-New England region, which accounts for almost a quarter of the state's daily cases.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser warns the region's health system is struggling with the current outbreak.
"Our local hospitals are at breaking point," she told ABC News on Monday.
"I'm really concerned about our frontline workers and the health system being able to cope if there's an upswing in the numbers here."