The Hunter has recorded another 38 cases of COVID-19, bringing the regions total to 600 since August 5.

The new cases are across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Mid- Coast and Muswellbrook local government areas.

By suburb the cases are from Merewether 3, Mayfield 1, Wallsend 1, Elermore Vale 1, Newcastle 1, Hamilton South 1, New Lambton 1, Jesmond 1, Islington 1, Kotara South 1, Newcastle West 1, Warabrook 1, Cardiff 3, Toronto 2, Mount Hutton 1, Cooranbong 1, Morisset 1, Weston 6, Branxton 1, East Maitland 3, Rutherford 1, Thornton 1, Raymond Terrace 2, Muswellbrook 1 and Darawank 1.

19 of the new cases were infectious in the community, 15 are linked to existing cases and 19 are being cared for in hospital, including one in intensive care.

Statewide, NSW recorded 1043 new cases and a further eleven deaths.

The vaccination rates are up again today with 56.6 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated, and 84.1 per cent having received their first dose.

A walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinic will be operating from the Belmont Mass Vaccination Centre this weekend, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and older, including non-Aboriginal partners and household members. The clinics will run on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm.

HSC Students, school and child care staff also have a priority walk-in clinic running at the Mass Vaccination Centre until 5:45pm on Friday. Hunter New England Health want to remind people this clinic is only for current Year 12 students, not those going into Year 12.

Hunter New England Health have advised they will no longer be publishing low-risk COVID-19 exposure sites, saying there have been no transmission among customers in supermarkets and other shops. This change will come into effect this weekend and will likely see a dramatic decrease in exposure sites as well as fewer people needing to get tested and isolate.

Two new COVID exposure sites have been listed in Mayfield and Newcastle West.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the specified dates and times is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
– Mayfield Laundromat, Mayfield on Sunday 19 September between 6am – 9pm
– Pharmacy Care, Marketown Newcastle West on Friday 17 September between 5:40pm – 5:55pm