AN additional 18 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed since Hunter New England Health's update yesterday.
This tally, which was recorded at 8pm on Thursday, March 25, brings the total number of Hunter New England confirmed cases to 142.
Hunter New England Health authorities have confirmed that there is only one in Singleton.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases by Local Government Area
Singleton - 1
Cessnock - 14
Dungog - 4
Glen Innes Severn - 2
Great Lakes - 15
Greater Taree - 11
Inverell - 3
Lake Macquarie - 31
Liverpool Plains - 1
Maitland - 11
Newcastle - 28
Port Stephens - 9
Tamworth Regional - 9
Tenterfield - 2
Upper Hunter Shire - 1
Confirmed COVID-19 cases by Hunter New England Health
Thursday, March 19 - 13
Friday, March 20 - 18
Saturday, March 21 - 26
Sunday, March 22 - 30
Sunday night, March 22 - 47
Monday night, March 23 - 72
Tuesday night, March 24 - 103
Wednesday night, March 25 - 124
Thursday night, March 26 - 142
Currently five COVID-19 patients are being cared for in our hospitals, two in ICU.
Daily wellness checks continue to be undertaken with all other confirmed cases in the District.
Hunter New England Health is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact.
They will be contacted every day to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.
More information on cases and testing is available on the NSW Health website.
The District has opened another COVID-19 clinic at Manning Hospital this week.
As of Monday March 30, a clinic will operate at Manning Hospital from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week.
Anyone wishing to access the clinic should call (02) 6592 9850 in operating hours for phone screening prior to attending.
The clinic hours at the Calvary Mater Hospital have also been extended, now operating from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
We are monitoring the number of people coming through our Emergency Departments and will review the need for further screening clinics as the situation evolves.
Some hospitals across the District, including Manning and John Hunter hospitals have also closed some entrances in an effort to reduce footfall and allow for screening of those attending or visiting our facilities.
We encourage everyone to pay attention to signage.
These changes have been made to protect our staff and vulnerable patients, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.