The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) continues to urge the community to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with 33 cases reported to 8pm yesterday (25 October).
Twenty-two are from the Kempsey Local Government Area (LGA), 10 are from the Coffs Harbour LGA and one is from Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA.
Nineteen of the cases are linked to a known case or cluster and the source of the infection of fourteen cases is under investigation.
Orara High School and Aldavilla Public School are closed after members of the school community tested positive to COVID. There have now been seven schools between Kendall and Coffs Harbour shut down in the last week.
All staff and students are asked to self-isolate and follow the NSW Health advice and protocols.
The total number of new cases in the health district over the last week is now 136.
There have been 193 cases reported in the MNCLHD since the beginning of the current NSW outbreak.
The North Coast Public Health Unit is currently investigating the latest cases and contact tracing is underway, including any potential exposure venues of public concern.
COVID-19 exposure sites are listed on the NSW Government website at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/case-locations/exposure-sites. We encourage you to regularly check the website as the list of venues of concern and relevant health advice is updated as new cases emerge and investigations continue.
The Mid North Coast's COVID-19 testing rates remain high with 1,452 tests conducted yesterday (Monday), 681 of which were at Kempsey.
"Thank you to the community for coming forward for testing and to our hard working staff at our testing clinics for helping to protect the community," MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said.
Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.
COVID-19 exposure sites are listed on the NSW government at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/case-locations/exposure-sites. Type in your location or postcode for the latest venues of concern.
If you have even the mildest of cold-like symptoms, please visit one of our COVID-19 testing clinics at Kempsey, Macksville, South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, and Port Macquarie.
By getting tested and self-isolating until you receive a negative result, you will help to protect your loved ones and the community.
- KEMPSEY: Daisy Turner Kiosk at Kempsey Hospital, River Street entrance open 8am to 6pm; and car park at corner Sydney and Verge streets (opposite netball courts) open 8am to 4pm
- MACKSVILLE: Dudley Street open 9am to 1pm
- SOUTH WEST ROCKS: Community Health Centre, Steve Eagleton Drive, open 9am to 1pm
- COFFS HARBOUR: International Stadium, Stadium Drive, open 8am to 2pm
- WOOLGOOLGA: CWA Rooms, Beach Street, open 9am to 1.30pm
- PORT MACQUARIE: Regional Stadium, Boundary Street, open 8am to 2pm
There are 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/clinics or contact your GP.
For Kempsey residents, Kempsey District Hospital - River St entrance - 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday (Pfizer)
No appointment is necessary, just bring your Medicare card and photo ID. Please remember to wear your mask and observe physical distancing at all times.
Find available bookings at the Australian Government's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder (previously Eligibility Checker), or you can also call Health Direct on 1800 571 155 for assistance to book.