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New England North West COVID-19: Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Tamworth linked to Glen Innes exposure, public urged to get tested

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HEALTH officials have confirmed the case of COVID-19 recorded in Tamworth on Monday is linked to exposure from a Glen Innes resident.

Hunter New England Health (HNEH) has pleaded with the public to get tested even with the mildest symptoms, as officials scramble to investigate any possible exposure to the local community.

The case is still under investigation and no announcement on lockdown has been made but HNEH's public health controller Dr David Durrheim said Tamworth is "not yet out of the woods".

"We've seen over the weekend a confirmed case in Tamworth linked to an exposure by a friend from Glen Innes," he said.

"Unfortunately this wasn't initially disclosed during the history taking, so we've got to be really wary that there may have been additional exposures in Tamworth as well."

He said health officials are working as fast as possible to understand if there has been exposure in the community and will be looking closely at sewage results in Tamworth across the coming days.

CASES CONFIRMED: Tamworth has a confirmed case of COVID-19 with no word yet on whether the region will be plunged into lockdown.

CASES CONFIRMED: Tamworth has a confirmed case of COVID-19 with no word yet on whether the region will be plunged into lockdown.

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Glen Innes has a second COVID-19 case, while Tamworth has recorded its first case since April last year.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall also confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in Glen Innes on Monday.

He said he was notified by NSW Health the confirmed case is a family member of the same household of the initial COVID case.

"They have been in isolation since last week - before their infectious period - and therefore present no risk to the community," he said.

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Hunter New England Health announced a case of COVID-19 in Tamworth on Monday, which is still under investigation with information on exposure sites or whether the region will be plunged into lockdown unknown.

However, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the person is believed to be a low-risk case who has had minimal movement within the community.

NSW reported 935 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Monday, representing a significant fall in the daily case load and unfortunately four deaths, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

In a clear warning yet about the crisis looming for NSW hospitals, Ms Berejiklian said the system "will be overwhelmed in October".

There have been 245 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since mid-June 2021 and a total of 301 since the pandemic began.

One of the new cases was acquired overseas, and 28 previously reported cases have been excluded following investigation.

There are 1,207 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 236 people in intensive care, 123 of whom require ventilation.

The breakdown of the 935 new cases is:

  • 275 are from South Western Sydney
  • 219 are from Western Sydney
  • 111 are from South Eastern Sydney
  • 102 are from Sydney
  • 50 are from Northern Sydney
  • 49 are from Nepean Blue Mountains
  • 45 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • 24 are from Hunter New England
  • 19 are from Central Coast
  • 10 are from Western
  • seven are from Southern NSW
  • two are from Far West
  • three are from Murrumbidgee
  • 10 are in correctional settings
  • and nine cases are yet to be assigned.

The sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus in the far western NSW town of Dareton.

There were 124,650 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 99,782. NSW Health administered 23,156 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

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